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Fire kills 12 snack shop workers in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An overnight fire in Mumbai killed 12 sleeping workers early Monday at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks, Indian media said....

Tokyo's baby panda appears before selected guests, media
TOKYO (AP) -- A baby panda made a special appearance Monday before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut, and quickly captured their hearts....

Myanmar government says it authorized journalists' arrest
BANGKOK (AP) -- Myanmar's presidential spokesman said Monday that the president authorized the arrest last week of two Reuters reporters for allegedly violating the state secrets act....

China hails Spain court's approval of Taiwanese extradition
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Monday welcomed a Spanish court's decision to grant Beijing's request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a move that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a self-ruled island....

India's ruling party likely to win key state election
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to maintain its hold on the western state of Gujarat despite predictions by many analysts of a close election fight....

Afghan official: Attack underway on Afghan forces in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Gunmen in Afghanistan stormed a partially constructed building near an intelligence training center on Monday in western Kabul, triggering a gunbattle with security forces as detonations and shooting reverberated from the area....

Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages
BANGKOK (AP) -- Satellite imagery shows that Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed even as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who had fled their country amid violence, Human Rights Watch said Monday....

Pakistan steps up security after IS kills 9 in church attack
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say security forces are on high alert across the country following a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a church, killing nine people....

2 couples tie the knot in Australia's 1st same-sex weddings
SYDNEY (AP) -- Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages....

AP Exclusive: Digital police state shackles Chinese minority
KORLA, China (AP) -- Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police....