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IS suicide bomber kills 31 as Afghans celebrate new year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said....

The Latest: Afghan official says 31 dead in suicide bombing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Latest on a suicide bombing near a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan (all times local):...

4 Indian forces, 4 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- A fierce gunbattle has killed four Indian government forces and four suspected militants in disputed Kashmir, officials said Wednesday....

NKorea says its diplomatic moves are not a sign of weakness
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea's recent moves to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula are evidence of its confidence and national strength, not a sign of weakness, according to its state-run media....

DMZ? Sweden? Washington? Trump-Kim summit site rumors swirl
TOKYO (AP) -- With just weeks to go, there's still no official word on where President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their unprecedented summit....

Senior US diplomat, Taiwan leader to speak at Taipei event
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A senior U.S. diplomat was scheduled to speak alongside Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at an event in Taipei on Wednesday, just days after President Donald Trump signed a new law promoting exchanges between officials from the two sides that has drawn protests from Beijing....

Chinese dredger capsizes off Malaysia; 1 dead, 14 missing
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Chinese sand-dredger capsized off Malaysia's southern coast on Wednesday, killing a crew member and leaving 14 others missing, Malaysia's coast guard said....

Obama in New Zealand for meetings, golf, but no public talks
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit to New Zealand, where he'll speak with community leaders, meet the prime minister and play golf....

Monitoring group: Islamic State claims suicide bombing near Shiite shrine in Afghanistan that killed 26 people
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Monitoring group: Islamic State claims suicide bombing near Shiite shrine in Afghanistan that killed 26 people....

Pakistan arrests officer over killing that sparked protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a police officer accused of killing a 27-year-old man in an allegedly "stage-managed" shootout....