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Kerry urges Bangladesh to step up efforts against terrorism
NEW DELHI (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Monday for Bangladesh to step up efforts to fight extremist violence, come to terms with links between local and international militants and protect and promote human rights....

15 Philippine troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Abu Sayyaf extremists killed 15 Philippine army soldiers in fierce fighting Monday in the country's restive south, dealing the government its largest single-day combat loss under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered the militants to be crushed for their brutality....

AP Interview: Tokyo leader vows Olympics, policy leadership
TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo's first female governor said Monday she will use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics and push a women's rights agenda that she hopes will be a model for Japan's central government....

Watchdog calls out India for failing to protect journalists
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters....

Duterte to raise sea feud ruling against Chinese wishes
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told China's ambassador Monday that he will not immediately press Beijing to comply with an international tribunal's ruling that invalidated Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, but would do so in the future....

East Timor, Australia open talks on maritime border dispute
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- East Timor and Australia opened conciliation talks Monday in their bitter legal battle to set a permanent maritime boundary that will carve up billions of dollars in oil and gas reserves underneath the seabed....

Indian officials reimpose curfew in Kashmir's main city
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Authorities on Monday lifted a curfew imposed in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir as part of a 52-day security lockdown, but reimposed it later in the day in most of Srinagar, the region's main city, after anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several neighborhoods....

Uzbek president's daughter says he suffered brain hemorrhage
MOSCOW (AP) -- Uzbekistan's authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, has suffered a brain hemorrhage, his daughter said Monday as security forces surrounded the hospital caring for him....

South Korea says no plans to introduce nuclear submarines
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Defense Ministry said Monday it has no plans to introduce nuclear-powered submarines, despite calls by lawmakers to do so following a recent test of a submarine-launched missile by rival North Korea....

Australian freed 4 months after kidnapping in Afghanistan
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan in April has been released and is safe, Australia's foreign minister said Monday....