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Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising military and political power....

Market mood turns sour amid Portugal tensions
LONDON (AP) -- Renewed financial jitters in Europe and the failure of U.S. indexes to break through key thresholds weighed on markets Thursday as investors grew skeptical over the outlook for stocks....

A rare look inside Pakistan's militant haven
MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- The streets of the one-time militant haven of Miran Shah were all but deserted, with only a few donkeys wandering around and soldiers standing guard in the alleys and roads. The destroyed buildings were testament to the ferocity of a government operation to clear this area in northwestern Pakistan of extremists....

5 journalists jailed 10 years for Myanmar stories
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Four reporters and the chief executive of the magazine they work for were sentenced Thursday to 10 years of hard prison labor for violating Myanmar's national security by writing and publishing stories about a weapons factory....

Oil prices continue to fall as supplies grow
The price of oil continued to fall Thursday, trading below $102 a barrel as the outlook for supply remained robust....

Officials: US drone strike in Pakistan kills 6
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Thursday, killing six militants, two intelligence officials said....

India's new government unveils growth budget
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget Thursday, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure....

Kerry: Crisis in Israel, Gaza, needs de-escalation
BEIJING (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is trying to stem the surging violence in Israel and Gaza in a way that allows the Jewish state to continue defending itself from Hamas rocket fire....

Indians balk at $33 million statue in new budget
NEW DELHI (AP) -- In a country grappling with poverty, sluggish growth and a daunting deficit, India's new budget has set aside 2 billion rupees ($33 million) for a colossal iron-and-bronze statue almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty....

Cambodia to build memorial at genocide museum
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia will build a memorial at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to remember at least 12,000 people tortured and killed there during the radical Khmer Rouge regime, officials said Thursday....