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Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighborhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or merely stored in the building....

Philippine court orders arrest of president's leading critic
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant on drug charges Thursday for an opposition senator and former top human rights official who is one of the most vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly anti-drug crackdown....

Japan first lady's praise for school removed amid scandal
TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese first lady's endorsement of a private elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school's website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land....

Malaysia says embassy staff should assist if nothing to hide
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's police chief said Thursday investigators want to question a North Korean embassy official about the death of the exiled half brother of Pyongyang's leader, saying he should cooperate if he has nothing to hide despite having diplomatic immunity....

The Latest: Restaurant owner says Kim's dishes DNA tested
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):...

Afghanistan may seek sanctions on suspected terror networks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A government official says Afghanistan is ready to seek United Nations sanctions against suspected terrorist networks and their supporters, a veiled reference to neighbor Pakistan - whom Kabul accuses of aiding Taliban insurgents, particularly the Haqqani network....

Global stocks steady as Fed minutes fail to sway investors
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets were trading in narrow ranges Thursday after the minutes to the last policymaking meeting of the Federal Reserve failed to provide much of a steer as to the timing of the U.S. central bank's next interest rate increase....

Philippines: If China builds on shoal, it would strain ties
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday any move by China to transform a Manila-claimed shoal into an island would be a "game-changer" in blossoming relations although he added that Beijing has pledged not to undertake any construction in the strategically located area of the South China Sea....

3 Indian soldiers, Kashmir woman killed during rebel attack
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Three Indian soldiers and a woman were killed when rebels ambushed soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir, police said Thursday....

Cambodian court jails activist over melee at premier's house
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced a prominent land rights activist to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of committing violence at a protest she helped lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence three years ago....