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Report: 'Legal firewall' shields Chinese firms from lawsuits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chinese companies are shielding themselves from lawsuits in America, denying U.S. businesses and investors their day in court, a report from a federal watchdog says....

Thai police find new trafficker camps; crackdown intensifies
PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) -- Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand - one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton - days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country....

Nepali police dig bodies from village and trekking route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Rescuers were digging Tuesday through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people....

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output
ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) -- It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin....

Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare public appearance
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation....

Climbers leave Everest after Sherpas refuse to rebuild route
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp are packing their gear and leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche, mountaineering officials said Tuesday....

Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China....

Shanghai: Officials' close relatives can't run businesses
BEIJING (AP) -- Shanghai officials have implemented China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city....

Small tsunami seen near epicenter of Papua New Guinea quake
SYDNEY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage....

In China, Taiwan party leader calls for more global access
BEIJING (AP) -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party called for more chances for the island to participate in international organizations after a meeting Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government views the territory as a renegade province....