Australian accused of planning to help IS develop missiles
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian counterterrorism police have arrested a man who officials say was planning to advise the Islamic State group on how to develop missiles....

Rights group says Thai prisons fall short of world standards
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's prisons fail to meet international standards, with inmates routinely shackled, stuffed into overcrowded cells and forced to work in harsh conditions, an international human rights group said Tuesday....

China's coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row
BEIJING (AP) -- China says that its coal consumption fell in 2016 for a third year in a row....

Taiwan marks crackdown anniversary amid China tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan is marking the 70th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters that is widely seen as a rejection of China's claims to the self-governing island democracy....

Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand
TOKYO (AP) -- The emperor and empress of Japan have left Tokyo for a one-week trip to Vietnam and Thailand....

Polynesian canoe crew finds way to remote Easter Island
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Polynesian voyaging canoe sailing around the world without modern navigation equipment has found its way to Easter Island....

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B
DETROIT (AP) -- Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly defect in millions of its air bags....

Kyrgyz court orders opposition leader kept in custody
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered a prominent opposition leader to be kept in custody on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters see as politically driven....

Philippine militants release video of German's beheading
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants carried out a threat to kill him after a ransom deadline lapsed over the weekend....

Malaysian officials run into N. Korean's diplomatic immunity
TOKYO (AP) -- Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality and have a pretty good idea where he's holed up....