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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....

Global stocks take a breather as oil price rally continues
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Thursday following a solid rebound based on waning fears about a trade war. Oil prices though pushed ahead to touch fresh multi-year highs on improving optimism about the global economy....

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

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....

2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine
BANGKOK (AP) -- Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar's army and the Kachin guerrillas in the country's north....

Shallow Indonesia quake kills 3, damages hundreds of homes
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes, disaster officials said Thursday as they declared a two-week emergency for the affected areas....