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Bus crash kills 22 in northwest Pakistan, after brakes fail

Sep. 22, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a bus has rammed into a hill after it breaks failed on a mountainous road, killing 22 passengers and injuring 15 in the country's northwest. Officer Abdul Wakil says the accident happened Sunday in the Chilas distract, on the bus' route from Skardu to the city of...

The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals

Sep. 20, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Malta has taken in 35 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by a humanitarian ship a day earlier. The Ocean Viking had assisted Maltese authorities and pulled the migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat on...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Families struggle to meet Kashmiris lodged in Indian jail

Sep. 20, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

AGRA, India (AP) — Hameeda Begum explained her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of disputed Kashmir to the hot and humid room in the Agra Central Jail where the exhausted 70-year-old was waiting to see her son. A man in his early twenties offered her a bottle of water, saying, "Don't lose hope....

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

Bombing kills 2 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

Sep. 20, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military says a roadside bomb has killed two soldiers, when it struck an army vehicle in the country's northwest near the Afghan border. The military said in a statement that the two soldiers were overseeing border fence work. It said the device was planted by militants...

India cuts corporate taxes to counter slowing growth

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government on Friday announced a slew of concessions aimed at boosting the economy that will reduce most corporate taxes for local companies to about 25% from 30%. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the lower tax rates will retroactively apply from April 1, the beginning...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Sep. 19, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

Forest fires rage in Indonesia, sending noxious haze around Southeast Asia. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a man braves tear gas fired by police in Hong Kong as violence flares anew during ongoing protests. In India, people move on boats past submerged houses on the River Ganges, where...

Public transport drivers strike in Delhi over higher fines

Sep. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Commuters in India's capital faced difficulties Thursday as much of the city's public transportation, including private buses, auto-rickshaws and some ride-hailing services, remained off the roads to protest a sharp increase in traffic fines under a new law. The government hopes the new...

Pakistan: No talks with India until Kashmir status restored

Sep. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister announced Wednesday that his government will not hold any talks with India until New Delhi lifts a curfew in Kashmir and reinstates the disputed region's special autonomous status. Imran Khan said told reporters that will expose human rights violations in...