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Thai ex-prime minister vows to fight negligence charge
BANGKOK (AP) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose bank accounts were frozen this week, says she will fight to prove her innocence, as a trial that could put her in prison for 10 years enters its final stages....

Heavy monsoon rains lash western India, killing 16
NEW DELHI (AP) -- At least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground, officials said Tuesday....

Sri Lanka Cabinet approves long-delayed port deal with China
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's government approved a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70 percent stake in a $1.2 billion Chinese-built port to China on Tuesday, months after signing an initial framework agreement which drew public criticism and protests....

Pakistani minister orders probe after reporters mistreated
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's interior minister has ordered a probe after three journalists were reported to have been mistreated by federal agents at a hospital in Islamabad....

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend....

Australia minister quits Cabinet because he might be Italian
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian government minister quit the Cabinet on Tuesday after his mother told him he might be Italian and therefore ineligible to be a lawmaker....

Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A Vietnamese court on Tuesday sentenced an activist to nine years in prison on charges of producing videos that defamed the country's leadership, in the latest crackdown on dissent....

5-story building collapses in India, killing at least 6
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- A five-story building came crashing down Tuesday in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least six people and injuring nine others, a state official said. About two dozen people were feared trapped under the rubble....

At least 17 dead in 2 sea accidents in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- At least 17 people have been killed and 12 others are missing in two sea accidents in eastern and central Indonesia since the weekend....

China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter
BEIJING (AP) -- China is denying that its fighter jet pilots acted dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision....