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Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign....

Myanmar says it is sad and regrettable that the United States has placed the country on its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, a move that was welcomed by rights groups as long overdue
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar says it is sad and regrettable that the United States has placed the country on its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, a move that was welcomed by rights groups as long overdue....

US energy secretary sees oil supply and demand coming into balance over next year following supply glut that depressed prices
BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. energy secretary says he sees the global oil market coming into balance over the next year as rising demand catches up with a supply glut that has depressed prices....

Chinese manufacturing deteriorated again last month, according to surveys released Friday, signaling further weakness in the world's No. 2 economy as it undergoes a prolonged slowdown
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese manufacturing deteriorated again last month, according to surveys released Friday, underscoring how a weak global outlook is challenging Beijing's efforts to revive growth in the world's No. 2 economy....

Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill: eradicating crime _ especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder _ in three to six months
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill: eradicating crime - especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder - in three to six months. That won him a lot of votes, but it also spurred alarm and doubts, including from police officials, who said it was an impossible feat....

Asian shares mostly rose Friday with investors remaining in a buying mood amid low interest rates and after world markets recovered their losses from Britain's vote to leave the European Union a week ago
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Asian shares mostly rose Friday with investors remaining in a buying mood amid low interest rates and after world markets recovered their losses from Britain's vote to leave the European Union a week ago....

Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse....

Pakistani police official: Roadside bomb kills policeman, wounds 7 civilians in northwestern city of Peshawar
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police official says a roadside bomb has killed a policeman and wounded seven civilians in the northwestern city of Peshawar....

Vietnam's government says a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam's government announced Thursday that a Taiwanese-owned steel plant was responsible for massive fish deaths along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation....

The trial of an Australian man has begun in Indonesia on charges he sexually abused 16 girls on the tourist island of Bali in 2014 and 2015
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- The trial of an Australian man began in Indonesia on Thursday on charges he sexually abused 16 girls on the tourist island of Bali in 2014 and 2015....