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Japan votes: Incumbent PM Abe appears headed to victory
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country then for himself....

Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality
BEIJING (AP) -- At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs....

The Latest: US condemns twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):...

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation....

Afghan police spokesman raises death toll in suicide bombing at Sunni mosque in western Ghor province to 33 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan police spokesman raises death toll in suicide bombing at Sunni mosque in western Ghor province to 33 killed....

End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall....

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era
BEIJING (AP) -- In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army....

Chinese official: Fallen politician plotted against leaders
BEIJING (AP) -- A senior figure in China's ruling Communist Party accused a dismissed regional leader of plotting to "usurp party leadership," adding to accusations against the former rising star....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th national congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened the twice-a-decade national congress....

5 villagers die in clash with police at Myanmar jade mine
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Police in northern Myanmar opened fire on hundreds of villagers who tried to enter a jade mine area, killing at least five and injuring 20 others, state media said. Five policemen were also reportedly hurt....