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For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia's main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) -- For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia's main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus. But that cardinal rule is now proving to be the biggest headache for its members, who began important meetings this weekend deeply divided on how to deal with China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea....

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people, raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan....

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has issued a ban on public gatherings of all types for the next 10 days
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Latest on the deadly bombing of a mass demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in the capital, Kabul (all times local):...

Afghan Interior Ministry says death toll in bomb attack on Kabul protest rises to 80, 231 people wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan Interior Ministry says death toll in bomb attack on Kabul protest rises to 80, 231 people wounded....

Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood
BEIJING (AP) -- Torrential rains that have swept through China have killed at least 154 people and left 124 missing, officials said Saturday, with most of the casualties reported from a northern province where villagers complained about lack of warning before a deadly flash flood....

Afghan public health ministry official says death toll in attack on Kabul protest march rises to 61, 207 people wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan public health ministry official says death toll in attack on Kabul protest march rises to 61, 207 people wounded....

India's defense minister is overseeing an aerial search of the Bay of Bengal for an air force transport plane that disappeared with 29 people aboard
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's defense minister was overseeing an aerial search of the Bay of Bengal on Saturday for an air force transport plane that disappeared with 29 people aboard....

Witnesses: Deadly blast hits protest march in Afghan capital Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Witnesses: Deadly blast hits protest march in Afghan capital Kabul....

A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist has come back to Earth safely in the Australian Outback after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth safely in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, an official said....

Indian officials say that an Indian charity worker kidnapped in Kabul last month has been released
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian officials say that an Indian charity worker kidnapped in Kabul last month has been released....