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Indian police arrest 18 Rohingya Muslims
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Indian police say they have arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims in a remote northeastern region as they prepared to board a train for New Delhi after entering illegally from Bangladesh....

North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks
TOKYO (AP) -- Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It's generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament....

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn't asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would remove a major sticking point to a nuclear disarmament deal....

Thai court acquits northeastern gold mine protesters
BANGKOK (AP) -- A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services....

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago....

Australian bank charges dead client service fee for a decade
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Financial advisers working for Australia's largest bank continued charging clients service fees after they died - in one case for more than a decade - a government inquiry heard on Thursday....

Correction: Malaysia-Mahathir Interview story
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- In a story April 18 based on an interview with former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he was Asia's longest-serving political leader when he retired. He was one of the region's longest-serving leaders, but not the longest....

Japan finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's vice finance minister denied sexual misconduct allegations against him on Thursday and challenged a TV station's report that its employee was a victim....

Police: Attackers hurl acid at 3 female students in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police say a group of men on motorcycles hurled acid at three female university students in the city of Gujrat....

Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region
BEIJING (AP) -- Taiwan's government said Thursday that recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability....