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Indonesia increases security after video calls for attack
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police and officials said Wednesday....

Vanishing China execs a vexatious mystery for HK market
HONG KONG (AP) -- The chairman of the Hong Kong arm of one of China's biggest securities companies goes missing. The head of another firm resurfaces after months incommunicado. An executive at a film studio is detained for allegedly taking bribes....

Image of Asia: Gathering fallen leaves to make charcoal
In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, women collect dry leaves of willow, poplar and maple trees on the outskirts of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Kashmiris collect fallen leaves in autumn to make charcoal for keeping themselves warm and cooking during winter. The dried leaves are half burnt to get charcoal. Kashmiris use "kangri" pots filled with hot charcoal embers and carried beneath their traditional clothing for personal warmth. Winter temperatures typically drop below freezing in the Himalayan territory and heavy snows make roads impassable....

Indian media say paramilitary force is curtailing freedom
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Indian media and a rights group accused a paramilitary force on Wednesday of attempting to curtail press freedom by asking newspapers in an insurgency-hit northeastern state to stop publishing statements from a banned rebel group....

Huge Australian wildfire kills at least 2 and injures others
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Officials say at least two people have been killed and several others injured by huge wildfires that also destroyed homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide and continue to burn out of control....

AP staffers win prestigious Indian journalism awards
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Two Associated Press journalists are among the winners of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, India's most prestigious, for work exposing the public health and environmental damage done by the country's asbestos industry and capturing the devastation of last year's floods in the Kashmir region....

Moldova says 3 citizens on helicopter ambushed by Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Moldova's interior minister on Wednesday said that three citizens were on a helicopter ambushed by Taliban insurgents in northwestern Afghanistan....

UN refugee head: Japan should accept more, fix asylum system
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers, the head of the U.N. refugee body said Wednesday....

Asian shares lower on jitters over strife in Middle East
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on developments in the Middle East after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane....

Third search ship joins hunt for missing Malaysian airliner
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A third ship will join the hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer....

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