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Activists rip Kim Jong Un's photo in Olympic protest
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean defectors and anti-Pyongyang activists on Wednesday ripped photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the latest protests in Seoul against South Korea's outreach to North Korea over next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics....

Court in Vietnam starts 2nd embezzlement trial of executive
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A court in Vietnam has started the trial of a former executive accused of embezzling from the state oil giant and who Germany says was kidnapped from there by Vietnamese agents last year....

China tries to quell protests over failed investment scheme
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are struggling to quell protests following the collapse of an investment scheme police say took as much as $4.7 billion from millions of depositors....

Indonesian troops show off snake-handling skills for Mattis
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got an up-close look at Indonesian commandos - including soldiers walking on fire and breaking bricks with their heads....

Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time....

AP PHOTOS: The struggles of Rohingya in camps, fearing home
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- AP photographer Manish Swarup has been capturing imagery of the struggles of the more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslims now living in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Rohingya, a long-persecuted minority denied citizenship at home in Myanmar, began pouring across the border in late August after waves of attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs....

Singapore PM visits Sri Lanka, nations OK free trade deal
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Singapore and Sri Lanka signed a free trade agreement for the two countries on Tuesday during a three-day visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the Indian ocean island nation....

Pakistan official: Suspect arrested in killing of 7-year-old
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A man suspected in the rape and killing of a 7-year-old girl has been arrested and has confessed to hers and at least seven other child killings, Punjab province's top official said Tuesday....

After girl's killing, Pakistani women speak out on abuse
KASUR, Pakistan (AP) -- The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual abuse....

US says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban's 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday....