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Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve....

Pakistan minister defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's defense minister says the planned deployment of 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia does not violate a parliamentary resolution against taking part in combat operations in Yemen....

Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The risks of a "miscalculation" and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United States, which used to be the dominant power in the strategic waterway, the Philippine envoy to Beijing said Monday....

Maldives president seeks extension to state of emergency
MALE, Maldives (AP) -- The president of the Maldives asked Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power, as political turmoil continued to churn in the Indian Ocean nation....

Caricature of Thai scholar raises money for dissidents
BANGKOK (AP) -- A cartoonist who lampoons Thailand's military government has done a caricature of a historian critical of the nation's monarchy and sold it in an online auction to raise money for legal aid for political dissidents, a legal aid group said Monday....

Police arrest 5 who killed orangutan in Borneo with air gun
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Four Indonesian farmers and a 13-year-old boy admitted they stabbed, clubbed and shot a critically endangered orangutan at least 130 times with an air gun to protect their pineapple crop, police said Monday....

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police say authorities have arrested an Arab man who they believe is a former commander of the Islamic State group....

Main chapel unaffected by weekend fire at Tibetan monastery
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- A weekend fire at the sprawling Jokhang monastery in Tibet did not affect the main chapel at the 1,300-year-old religious site, considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile said Monday....

Afghan official: Bodies found of 9 people abducted last year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says that bodies of nine civilians abducted by militants early last year have been found in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar....

Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported
BEIJING (AP) -- A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that's considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism....