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US confirms journalist jailed by China is American citizen
BEIJING (AP) -- The State Department says its diplomats have not been granted permission to meet with James Wang, a jailed magazine publisher and American citizen, since his 2014 arrest in southern China....

Pakistan orders probe into mysterious death of UK resident
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the mysterious death of a Pakistani woman living in England after her husband claimed she was killed for marrying against her family's wishes....

Moderate quake near east coast of Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- A moderately strong earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.4 has struck near the East Coast of Honshu Japan....

Mass killing plot in Japan raised alarms, then concern faded
TOKYO (AP) -- He wrote that he intended to kill disabled people and that his plot would benefit Japanese society. The facility where he worked was so unnerved, it confronted him. He quit the job and police sent him to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release 12 days later. In the months that followed, his former workplace increased security, adding cameras to watch the buildings where 150 mentally disabled people resided. But he was left alone, free, unmonitored....

INTERVIEW: US general says Afghan IS linked to main group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Islamic State group presence in Afghanistan is directly linked to the parent organization in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Army general in charge of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan said on Wednesday....

Kerry talks with new Philippine president critical of US
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The top U.S. diplomat shared a working lunch Wednesday with the new Philippine president, who has criticized U.S. security policies and publicly made friendly overtures to China....

Ex-Thai PM opposes army-proposed constitution up for vote
BANGKOK (AP) -- The head of Thailand's oldest political party on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices opposed to a new constitution proposed by the military government....

UN rights chief urges Indonesia to halt looming executions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The U.N. human rights chief has urged the Indonesian government to abandon plans to execute more than a dozen people for drug offenses....

5 Philippine leaders, often rivals, unite to discuss China
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The new Philippine leader on Wednesday gathered four past presidents, most of whom have been politically at odds with one another, to discuss a unifying worry: their country's territorial disputes with China....

Prostitution allegations investigated against Samsung boss
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday that they have started investigating allegations that ailing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee bought sex from prostitutes several times between 2011 and 2013....

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