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Bangladesh withdraws from regional summit in Islamabad
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Bangladesh announced Wednesday that it will not participate in a meeting of South Asian nations in Pakistan in November, following the withdrawal of India, the largest member of the regional bloc, a day earlier....

Australian state loses power as strong storm lashes region
SYDNEY (AP) -- An entire Australian state lost power as a strong storm lashed the region Wednesday, causing traffic chaos, stranding people in elevators and prompting police to warn residents to stay inside....

Owner of Malaysia's Proton shortlists 5 bids for equity sale
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The owner of Malaysian national carmaker Proton says it has shortlisted five foreign partners for a partnership that includes an equity sale aimed at reviving the loss-making company....

Amnesty's Thailand torture allegations spark arrest threat
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities threatened to arrest Amnesty International speakers who were set to hold a news conference Wednesday to release a report detailing allegations of torture at the hands of the military and police, causing the rights group to cancel the event....

India's top court allows Italian marine to stay in Italy
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top court has allowed an Italian marine to continue to stay in Italy while arbitration continues over the 2012 shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen in which two marines are implicated....

Indonesia evacuates tourists after Mount Barujari eruption
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian authorities say they have evacuated most tourists from Mount Barujari on Lombok island after it spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere....

Image of Asia: Celebrating birth of Confucius in Beijing
In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, participants in traditional dress stand near an oversized portrait of Confucius during a ceremony in Beijing to observe the 2,567th birth anniversary of the famed Chinese philosopher. Ceremonies were held across China on Wednesday, including in Confucius' eastern hometown, Qufu. Most of the participants at the event in Beijing were students and faculty at a private school that teaches students classic works by Confucius and other sages, calligraphy, and Chinese medicine, among other subjects. Confucius and his teachings were widely criticized by the founding father of Communist China, Mao Zedong, who railed against traditional culture and what he called "feudal thinking." However, the sage's image has been rehabilitated in recent years as the government pushes his message of harmonious social order and deference to authority. Confucius' teachings emphasized duty to family, respect for learning and obedience of individuals to the state....

1 month after floods, urgent aid needed in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- More than 70,000 people displaced by severe flooding in North Korea nearly a month ago are urgently in need of supplies and shelter before winter sets in, a Red Cross official in Pyongyang said Wednesday....

AP Photos: Pyongyang starts day early with patriotic music
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's capital is still a pretty quiet place compared to most urban centers around the world, but it gets its start early - and orderly....

Global stocks have mixed performance after Wall Street gains
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street gained and investors were reassured by trade-friendly Hillary Clinton's performance in a U.S. presidential debate against Donald Trump....