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Global stocks slip in run-up to Bank of Japan decision
HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets around the world edged lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes, while anticipating more stimulus from Japan....

Cambodian opposition chief fined for defaming gov't lawmaker
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia's self-exiled opposition leader has been fined for defaming a senior member of the country's ruling party, adding to legal woes hurting his party's ability to operate....

Philippine leader threatens to withdraw truce after attack
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has threatened to withdraw a ceasefire order he gave three days ago after suspected communist rebels killed a government militiaman and wounded four others in an attack....

Australia: MH370 captain's simulator had Indian Ocean route
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed....

China confirms legal status of ride-hailing industry
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Cabinet issued its first rules for ride-hailing and told local officials Thursday to promote the booming industry, confirming the legal status of Uber Technologies Inc. and local competitors following run-ins with regulators....

China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's military will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea in September, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water....

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month....

Niece of Tibetan priest flees China, says he died of torture
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- The niece of a prominent Tibetan religious leader has fled China and arrived in exile in northern India to reveal what her family says is the truth about the man's death in a Chinese prison....

Lapel pins with images of ex-NKorean ruler found in South
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean police found about 200 lapel pins bearing the image of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il strewn near the country's main international airport on Thursday, police officers said....

Indonesia rebuffs UN, EU appeals to halt looming executions
CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia quickly rebuffed appeals from the U.N. human rights chief and the European Union to abandon plans to execute 14 people for drug crimes as preparations intensified Thursday at the prison island where the death row inmates are held....