• Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive and highly specialized industry isn't unusual — and some of the strongest comments have come from a company whose bid for the lucrative job failed. But others have also criticized what they suspect is shoddy work, inappropriate equipment use and a focus on speed over thoroughness by the Dutch underwater survey company hired by Australia to find the plane that vanished in the Indian Ocean on March

  • Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers on Friday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50. The bodies were recovered hours after coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said all 187 passengers and crew members on the M/B Kim Nirvana had been accounted for, with 45 dead, 142 survivors and no reports of anyone else missing. The vessel overturned in choppy waters on Thursday off Ormoc City. Balilo said the new bodies were found after a floating crane pulled the 36-ton wooden vessel close to shore.

  • Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida suspects

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court on Friday gave police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in raids this week. Police can request an extension if they need more time to interrogate them. Mohammed Jalaluddin, who is in charge of investigating the case, said there was no lawyer present Friday to seek bail for the suspects. A spokesman for the elite anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion, Maksudul Alam, said the suspects include the alleged head of the group in Bangladesh. He said they were arrested in raids starting Wednesday. Cmdr.

  • China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Uighurs had left China illegally, and that Beijing opposes "any actions that aid and abet, or even support illegal migration." "We believe that the international community should share common responsibility for combating and preventing illegal migration," she told a regular news briefing. The group of Uighurs, mostly women and children, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday and are being settled in the central city of Kayseri, which has a strong Uighur community. Turkey has ethnic and linguistic ties to the Uighurs, members of a Muslim ethnic mino

  • Slow-moving storm near Guam downgraded to tropical storm

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A slow-moving storm that had Guam residents bracing for a typhoon has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the National Weather Service says the erratic system could regain strength and develop into a typhoon later this weekend. The weather service says Friday that Tropical Storm Chan-hom is weaker and tracking north-northeast at 8 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph, down from 105 mph. Meteorologist Derek Williams of the NWS says the forecast calls for Chan-hom to develop into a typhoon, but the longer the system sits in open water and spins, the likelihood a typhoon in Northern Mariana Islands decreases. He says the next 24 hours are uncertain.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan summon envoys in dispute

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the midst of a diplomatic dispute. The two neighbors have summoned each other's ambassadors to lodge protests over the detention of a Pakistani official in the Afghan city of Kandahar and a deadly cross-border shootout between Pakistani and Afghan border police, officials said Friday. In a statement, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said an official working in Pakistan's consulate in Kandahar was forcibly taken away by Afghan forces on Thursday. Hours later, according to the statement, Afghan authorities handed the official over to the Pakistani embassy in the capital, Kabul, about 450 kilometers (282 miles) away.

  • India census says 70 percent live in villages, most are poor

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India released new data Friday showing that more than 70 percent of its people live in villages, with the majority extremely poor and dependent on manual labor. The data from India's socio-economic and caste census was collected between 2011 and 2013. It's the first time India has studied caste data since 1932. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the data would help the government to properly channel its welfare spending to benefit those who needed help the most. India conducts a national census every 10 years and that document delves into the wealth, living conditions and other personal details of the country's 1.2 billion people.

  • Man tied to 2013 Myanmar hotel blast gets life in prison

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced a man linked to a 2013 bombing that wounded an American tourist in one of the country's most prestigious hotels to life imprisonment and hard labor. The October 2013 blast at the Trader's Hotel, now known as the Sule Shangri-La, in the heart of the country's commercial capital Yangon, ripped apart a guest's room and wounded a 43-year-old American woman. The court convicted 26-year-old Saw Myint Lwin on three charges related to the bombing. He was one of three men who were arrested. The others were acquitted and the alleged mastermind, who police said is a member of the Karen National Union ethnic rebel group, is still at large.

  • Image of Asia: Ramadan prayers in Indian Kashmir

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir. The restive region is predominantly Muslim and claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought two wars over control of the Himalayan region since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989, seeking independence from India or the merger of the region with neighboring Pakistan.

  • Bangkok-bound flight from China makes emergency landing

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — A Bangkok-bound flight operated by a Chinese airline made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after an engine fire warning lit up, China Southern Airlines said. Crew members later found no fire or smoke in the engines, and no major injuries were reported, the airline said in a statement. Flight 3081 took off from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and made the emergency landing in Sanya, a city in Hainan province, the airline said. As the passengers were evacuated down slides, 14 passengers had minor scrapes, and two others received ankle injuries. All were treated, the airline said. The airline said it sent a plane to Sanya later Friday to fly the passengers to Bangkok.

  • Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday. The ministry said that five laboratory tests showed negative results for the disease, including most recently on Wednesday. "Experts on infectious diseases and diagnosis have determined that he is no longer a MERS patient," the ministry said in a statement, adding that three relatives who traveled with the man showed no sign of having contracted the virus. The man had traveled to Bangkok last month for treatment of a heart condition and was then diagnosed with the virus. He was quarantined and treated at the ministry's infectious diseases facilit

  • Nicolas Anelka to manage as well as play for Mumbai City

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Former France striker Nicolas Anelka agreed to player-manage Mumbai City on Friday in his second season with the Indian Super League club. It will be Anelka's second dual stint, as he also player-managed Shanghai Shenhua three years ago. "Last year, he impressed us all with his tactical knowledge and excellent motivational skills," Mumbai City co-owner Ranbir Kapoor said. "It's a role both parties have been discussing for a couple of months, and it's been a great start. We will provide Nicolas all the support required to try and win the league this year." Anelka appeared in the second half of the ISL's inaugural season, and scored twice with two assists, as Mumbai City finished seventh in the eigh

  • Adelaide Crows' AFL coach murdered in home, son arrested

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Players and team officials in the Australian Football League were in shock Friday after Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh was stabbed to death in a domestic dispute at his home. His 26-year-old son was arrested and later charged with murder. Walsh, 55, died at the scene despite treatment by ambulance officers. His wife, Meredith, was in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Walsh, a former Australian Rules player and long-serving assistant coach at several clubs, was in his first season as Adelaide's head coach. "This is a crisis unprecedented, there is no rule book, and we are dealing with it," Adelaide club chairman Rob Chapman said. "The point is just to get people through today.

  • Malaysian premier denies he got $700 million from state fund

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday denied news reports that $700 million ($2.6 billion) were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts. The investment fund 1MDB, which has accumulated 42 billion ringgit ($11.2 billion) in debt, is currently under investigation for alleged impropriety. The Wall Street Journal and the Sarawak Report online news portal reported that investigators have traced some $700 million wired into Najib's bank accounts. The reports said five deposits were made into Najib's account and the two largest transactions, worth $620 million and $61 million, were done in March 2013 ahead of general elections.

  • Death toll from accident to Pakistan army train rises to 17

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military said Friday the death toll from an accident to a special train that plunged into a canal because of a bridge collapse has risen to 17. Divers were searching for more bodies. The train derailed Thursday while crossing the Chanawan canal near the industrial city of Gujranwala in eastern Punjab province. Civil authorities and commandos and divers from the army retrieved 80 passengers, five of whom had been injured. Pakistani army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, tweeted Friday that so far 17 bodies had been recovered and that the rescue work was still in progress. The dead soldiers included the unit's commander, his wife and a daughter, the state-run Pakistan television said.

  • Shark bites Australian surfer's board a day after attack

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A shark bit a terrified surfer's board on Friday near the Australian coastal town where another surfer was mauled a day earlier, police said. The 52-year-old surfer was not injured when the shark bit his board, leaving teeth marks in the fiberglass, while surfing off Lennox Head, 600 kilometers (350 miles) north of Sydney, a police statement said. The surfer, who has not been named, was sitting on the board when the shark knocked him off, said Garry Meredith, a life guard at Lennox Head. "The shark came back and had another crack, but it's just bitten the back of the board," Meredith said. "If he'd been lying on the board, it definitely would have got his legs.

  • Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday. At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island on Thursday, said coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo. Balilo said two passengers initially listed in the manifest did not board the ferry, lowering the total number of people on board to 187 from 189 earlier reported by the coast guard. Regional coast guard commander Capt.

  • Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said on Friday. The WFP appealed in May for a humanitarian pause in fighting in Syria to let farmers harvest a bumper wheat crop in the country's northeast, an Islamic State movement stronghold, and bring it to markets in Syria's west, including Aleppo and Homs. Cousin said because there was no ceasefire, the wheat is being stored at the farming belt and will likely be sold in Turkey.

  • Indonesian suburb hit by plane disasters twice in 10 years

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A decade ago, when an Indonesian passenger jet crashed into a quaint neighborhood in Indonesia's third-biggest city, Medan, Waktu Tarigan thought he'd never witness anything like that again. He was wrong. On Tuesday, an air force transport plane with 122 people on board plowed into the same neighborhood. And the same street. In 2005, Padang Bulan was a charming middle-class residential area in this steamy tropical city of 3 million. Its main road, Jamin Ginting, was lined with colonial-style houses with well-manicured gardens. The area's only drawback was noise from nearby Polonia airport, then the main international gateway for Sumatra, one of Indonesia's main islands. "I cannot forget t

  • Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam. Not that Clinton needed a reminder — he was in Vietnam on Thursday to commemorate his largely forgotten breakthrough. He spoke as guest of honor at a reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy to celebrate American Independence Day. The former president, in a speech reviewing U.S.




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