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  • new storyGunmen kidnap Italian restaurant owner in south Philippines 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 12:21 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - Gunmen abducted an Italian restaurant owner and former Roman Catholic missionary in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, just a few weeks after the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipino woman by suspected Muslim militants in the restive region, police said.

  • AP Interview: Nobel gives scientist recognition in China 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:49 am

    BEIJING - The time could not have been more hostile for Chinese scientists. Research came to a virtual halt and intellectuals were routinely persecuted. But Tu Youyou, then a 39-year-old researcher, was summoned to join a secretive military project during the Cultural Revolution to find a cure for malaria for soldiers in North Vietnam.

  • Image of Asia: Celebrating the start of planting season 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 9:56 am

    In this photo by Tatan Syuflana, dancers perform during the annual Ngarot planting festival in a village in Indonesia's West Java province. The festival is always held on Wednesday, which locals believe is the best day to start the rice planting season.

  • Suu Kyi says she will lead gov't if party wins Myanmar polls 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 9:38 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Wednesday if her party wins upcoming elections she will lead the country from behind the scenes - circumventing a clause in the constitution that bars her from the presidency.

  • Vietnam seems big winner in US-anchored Pacific trade deal story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:56 am

    HONG KONG - An ambitious Pacific Rim trade deal anchored by the U.S. promises to boost the economies of its 12 participating countries by opening their markets to one another, but not all the gains will be spread evenly.

  • Dictator's son says Filipinos care less about Marcos abuses story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 7:16 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday that Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father's rule, angering activists who said he wants people to forget his father's dictatorship, which a popular revolt ended 29 years ago.

  • Madonna announces second Bangkok show as part of world tour 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:31 am

    BANGKOK - Madonna has added a second show in Bangkok for her "Rebel Heart" world tour after the first concert sold out in under an hour, organizers said Wednesday.

  • Japan under pressure in Asian World Cup qualification 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 6:51 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - On a night of big games in Asia, Japan will be under the most pressure as a defeat to Syria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday would cast doubt on its chances of making it to Russia.

  • LSU, Australian, Indonesian scientists find new shrew rat 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 6:36 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State University scientist and international colleagues have discovered a new kind of shrew rat: a big-eared, long-snouted rodent with extra-long incisors jutting out from its lower jaw, and a flat, piggy nose.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task - selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public.

  • Yacht missing with 2 Britons, American, Canadian, Filipino 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:19 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A yacht carrying two Britons, an American, a Canadian and a Filipino disappeared while sailing in waters that were lashed by a storm last week, the Philippine coast guard said Tuesday.

  • Neighbors turn up the heat on Indonesia over forest fires story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:13 am

    SINGAPORE - For weeks now, the quality of life in parts of Southeast Asia has been left to sheer chance - the direction of the wind. Every day, it alone determines which city will be shrouded by peaty white smoke blowing from burning forests in Indonesia.

  • 4 renal patients die in Singapore hospital from hepatitis C 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:06 am

    SINGAPORE - A top public hospital in Singapore said Tuesday that four of its patients died after a new renal ward was hit by an outbreak of hepatitis C, likely from intravenous treatment.

  • Late Philippine dictator's son to run for vice president 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 11:52 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has announced that he will run for vice president in next year's elections in a new gauge of his family's political clout nearly three decades after they were ousted in a "people power" revolt.

  • 3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 1:47 pm

    STOCKHOLM - The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as "heroes in the truest sense of the word" for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases.

  • Rescuers say wreckage of missing Indonesian plane is found 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 11:37 am

    MAKASSAR, Indonesia - Indonesian rescuers said Monday they have found the wreckage of a small plane carrying 10 people that went missing on a domestic flight three days ago.

  • Philippines sees big growth in outsourced medical services 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 9:56 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Leaders of the Philippine outsourcing industry said Monday they expect a big increase in business as the result of a new, highly detailed medical diagnosis coding system adopted by the U.S. for insurance claims.

  • Thai junta picks 21-member panel to write new constitution 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:15 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military government appointed a new committee Monday to write a post-coup constitution after an unpopular earlier draft was rejected last month in a move that has delayed elections until at least 2017.

  • Institute hosting food-grade soybean buyers from Asia 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:55 pm

    FARGO, North Dakota - The Northern Crops Institute is hosting food-grade soybean buyers from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan next week.

  • China beats Philippines 78-67 to win FIBA Asia title story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:57 pm

    CHANGSHA, China - Yi Jianlian combined with youngsters Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi to lead China to a 78-67 win over the Philippines in the FIBA Asia basketball final on Saturday, helping the host nation secure an Olympic slot and finish the continental tournament unbeaten.

  • Thickening haze in Singapore disrupts World Cup swim races 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 11:59 am

    SINGAPORE - Worsening smog in Singapore prompted swimming World Cup organizers to cancel 15 finals races just an hour before the session was to start.

  • 2 suspected Indonesian lesbians to undergo 'rehabilitation' 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 6:10 am

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Two suspected lesbians detained earlier this week by Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will undergo what an official described Saturday as "rehabilitation," and won't be charged with a crime.

  • Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:49 pm

    INCHEON, South Korea - Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:

  • Thongchai takes a path like no other to Presidents Cup story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:01 pm

    One stick took away the dreams of Thongchai Jaidee. Another stick allowed him to go places he never imagined.

  • Kyrgios beats Karlovic in Malaysian Open quarterfinals 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:05 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Nick Kyrgios won the key points in both tiebreakers to beat third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) Friday in the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open.