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Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- On a cold, grey afternoon, a North Korean soldier races toward freedom....

Group calls for Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday....

Australia loses 9th legislator in citizenship crisis
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian senator who is British by descent on Wednesday became the ninth lawmaker to leave Parliament over a 116-year-old constitutional ban on dual nationals running for office that threatens to bring down the government....

U.S. releases dramatic video of a North Korean soldier's desperate dash across border, and his rescue after being shot
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. releases dramatic video of a North Korean soldier's desperate dash across border, and his rescue after being shot....

Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by sex abuse of children
KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) -- Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again....

China widens personality cult around 'unrivaled helmsman' Xi
BEIJING (AP) -- The village where he labored as a teen has become a shrine, a tree he planted an icon. State media applaud him endlessly, private businessmen praise his speeches and universities are devoting new departments to his theories....

Pakistani court declares no-show finance minister 'offender'
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani judge has declared the country's finance minister as an 'offender' for not appearing in court for a hearing in the graft case against him....

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools
KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) -- Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again....

Bali volcano spews ash and steam, alert not raised
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali spewed ash and steam Tuesday, but authorities said its alert level remained unchanged....

3 militants, Indian commando killed in fighting in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- In a surge in fighting between government forces and rebels seeking an end of Indian rule over Kashmir, at least three suspected rebels and an army commando were killed Tuesday in two separate gunbattles in the disputed region, police said....