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Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47
GUG, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani military helicopters on Thursday ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country's northwest....

Philippines says it won't help US patrols in South China Sea
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it's highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China....

S. Korea's parliament sets up presidential impeachment vote
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday on President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her powers over a huge political scandal....

South Korea's parliament formally introduces impeachment motion on President Park Geun-hye; vote likely Friday
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's parliament formally introduces impeachment motion on President Park Geun-hye; vote likely Friday....

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation
PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- Damage from the earthquake that shook Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday is extensive in towns near the epicenter. A market was leveled, and other buildings reduced to chunks of cement and twisted rebar....

Bill English will be New Zealand's next prime minister
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Bill English is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister following the shock resignation this week of John Key....

Key developments in South Korean presidential crisis
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs....

Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot missing in Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- The search for a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan was expanded to a wider area after daybreak Thursday, the U.S. military said....

Philippines' Duterte says Trump made him feel 'like a saint'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he felt "like a saint" after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for "doing great" in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs....

Duterte says OK to bomb fleeing militants and their hostages
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he told his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts that their forces can bomb fleeing Filipino militants and their kidnap victims at sea because the hostages "are not supposed to be there."...

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