• Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. The pope said the new saints, four Italians from far-flung provinces and two Indians from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome, provided examples of service to "the smallest and the poorest." "They dedicated themselves, without holding back, to serving the least and assisting the destitute, sick, elderly and pilgrims," Francis told the crowd. Some 5,000 faithful traveled from Kerala state for the solemn event, which was also streamed live onto screens set up outside churches in the southe

  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said. The bloodshed came just hours after Parliament approved agreements allowing U.S. and NATO troops to remain in the country past the end of the year. Dozens more were wounded, many critically, said Mokhlis Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. He said the bomber was mingling with the large crowd at the sporting event in Yahyakhail district when he set off the explosives. "There were too many people gathered in the one place to watch the game," Afghan said.

  • Thailand beats host Singapore 2-1 in Suzuki Cup

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Chaaryl Cappuis converted a penalty with two minutes remaining to give Thailand a 2-1 victory over host and defending champion Singapore on Sunday in their opening match of the Suzuki Cup. The result at the National Stadium was the first time Singapore has lost an opening match of Southeast Asia's premier soccer tournament in its last five editions. Tournament favorite Thailand, which lost to Singapore in the final of the 2012 competition, opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal from Mongkol Thosakrai after a quickly taken throw-in caught the Singapore defenders unaware. Khairul Amri headed in an equalizer for Singapore in the 19th.

  • Afghan officials say suicide bomber kills some 45

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east. Mokhis Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, says the attack happened during an inter-district tournament attended by a large crowed in the Yahyakhail district late Sunday afternoon. The suicide bomber was on foot in the crowd, he says.

  • Guam private hospital won't open until '15

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Bogged down by construction delays, Guam's first private hospital is unable to open next month as previously planned. The Guam Regional Medical City issued a statement saying it "anticipates a delay in the opening of its new state-of-the-art hospital until early next year." The hospital's management attributed a statement to construction contractor dck Pacific project director Don Hergenreder that "additional time is necessary to complete construction while ensuring quality and safety." "The GRMC/dck team remains committed to the completion of the hospital using the highest standards," said Margaret Bengzon, the hospital's chief executive officer. "We will deliver a first-class facility and world-

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial against the politically powerful suspects was gunned down. Here are some questions and answers about this case — the largest criminal trial in the Philippines since World War II and a litmus test for President Benigno Aquino III, a reformist who has vowed to punish the perpetrators.

  • Sanchez leads Adelaide to 2-0 win in A-League

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — Spanish forward Pablo Sanchez twice in a two-minute span at the start of the second half Sunday to lead Adelaide United to a 2-0 away win over the Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. The win moved Adelaide into second place, one point behind leading Perth Glory. Perth played with 10 men for the final half-hour but held on for a 2-1 win over Wellington. The third-place Melbourne Victory ensured Brisbane's early-season woes continued with a 1-0 win over the defending A-League champions, and Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey was sacked Sunday. Asian champions the Western Sydney Wanderers remained without a win and at the bottom of the standings after drawing 1-1 Saturday with Newcastle.

  • Brisbane coach fired after poor A-League start

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey was fired Sunday just six months after leading the club to its second consecutive A-League title. The Manchester, England-born Mulvey, last season's coach of the year, has watched the Roar win only one of their first six matches this season, including a 1-0 loss to the Melbourne Victory on Friday. Roar managing director Sean Dobson announced Mulvey's sacking on Sunday, saying it followed a review of off-season activities as well as the team's poor season start. Australian media report that former Netherlands international Frans Thijssen is expected to replace Mulvey.

  • Cullen wins Aussie Masters, Scott bid falls short

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian lefthander Nick Cullen shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to win the Australian Masters by one stroke over Adam Scott, ending Scott's attempt for a third consecutive victory in the tournament. Cullen, who had a four-round total of 9-under 279, saved par on the 18th after hitting his bunker shot to a foot. "It would have been nice to have a little buffer coming down here (the 18th), but a couple of three putts gave that away," Cullen said. "To get up and down like that and have a win it's an amazing feeling." Scott, who trailed by four strokes after three rounds, shot 68 Sunday and finished tied for second with two other Australians.

  • Afghan base attack kills 8 militants, 1 soldier

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that one soldier and eight insurgents have been killed in an attack on an army base in the country's volatile east. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the assault Saturday in Afghanistan's remote Nuristan province along the country's mountainous border with Pakistan lasted almost three hours. He says a large number of insurgents tried to overrun the base, but were turned back. Meanwhile in eastern Nangarhar province, police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal said a car bomb killed one civilian and wounded two in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

  • 10-man Perth Glory stay in 1st place with 2-1 win

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — First-place Perth Glory played with 10 men for the final half-hour but held on for a 2-1 win over the Wellington Phoenix, while the second-place Melbourne Victory ensured Brisbane's early-season woes continued with a 1-0 win over the defending A-League champions. The Glory led 2-0 in the 63rd minute when substitute Ruben Zadkovich, who had been on the pitch for just 17 seconds, was shown a straight red for a hard tackle on Vince Lia. Roy Krishna scored on a penalty for the Phoenix with five minutes remaining, but Perth held on for its sixth win in seven matches.

  • Sri Lanka leader to face health minister in polls

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's health minister quit President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government Friday to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy. The defection of Maithripala Sirisena, who is also No. 2 in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the largest in the ruling coalition, is a serious setback for Rajapaksa's quest for a third term. He is still popular after leading a military campaign to end a 25-year civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels, but the erosion of support from within his own party is unprecedented. Sirisena left the government with three other ministers and a lawmaker, saying Friday he has been chosen as the combined opposition's presidential candi

  • UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis." The committee adopted the resolution by consensus, though Myanmar's ambassador objected to the U.N.'s use of the term "Rohingya," saying it "will only pose a barrier on the road to solving this important issue." Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya have been denied citizenship and have almost no rights. Authorities want to officially categorize them as "Bengalis," implying they are illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh. People who refuse that identity become candidates for detainment and possible deportation.

  • Sharif asks Obama to play role on Kashmir issue

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked the U.S. President Barack Obama to play a role in resolving the issue of Kashmir when he travels to neighboring India, the Pakistani foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said Sharif made this request when Obama called him on Friday. It said Sharif and Obama discussed recent incidents of Indian troops firing across the Line of Control that divides the disputed Kashmir region. The two leaders spoke hours after Pakistan blamed the Indian army for killing a soldier in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

  • Indonesia bans 12 players and officials for life

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian soccer authorities have banned 12 players and officials for life over an own-goal fiasco in a playoff match. The Indonesian Football Association says three other officials of clubs PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang have been banned for 10 years. Sleman, which won 3-2, conceded two late own-goals in an attempt to lose, but Semarang then conceded three. A disciplinary committee decided both teams wanted to lose in order to avoid a semifinal match against Borneo. Both teams have been relegated from the first division. Seventeen other players, including two foreigners, were barred for five years, while 11 substitute players were banned for one year with five years of probation.

  • AP PHOTOS: 'Most generous' Myanmar's giving cycle

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    HLAING THARYAR, Myanmar (AP) — "The food cart is coming!" the hungry little boy shouts, his face lighting up. More than 100 people sitting in the grass and beneath the dark midday shadows of giant trees turn to look at the nearby Buddhist monastery. As a monk moves through the gates with a huge pot of rice and curry, orphans, homeless children and jobless men and women line up with crumpled plastic bags. The monks ladle up food that was offered to them just hours earlier during their dawn collection of alms. That cycle of giving is part of what earned this impoverished Southeast Asian nation a seemingly unlikely title: the world's most generous nation.

  • Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northwest Pakistan

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing two soldiers, a police official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Hours later, Pakistani jets killed 22 militants in a troubled northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The bomb exploded as the army vehicle was passing on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said police official Roohullah Bangash. Two soldiers were killed while two other soldiers and two police officers were wounded in the attack, he said. Within hours, Mohammad Khurassani, the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban — known as Tehrik-e-Taliban or TTP

  • Image of Asia: Indonesian leader's personal trip

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    In this photo by Wong Maye-E, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as "Jokowi," and his wife Iriana congratulate their son Kaesang Pangarep, who received an international baccalaureate diploma at the Anglo Chinese School (International) in Singapore. The president attended Friday's ceremony after flying in economy class on a commercial flight from Jakarta. At the school, he also posed with VIPs and took selfies with other graduates. Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjojanto said Widodo chose not to take the presidential plane because it was a personal trip.

  • Police search Indian guru's ashram after arrest

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Friday searched the sprawling ashram of a guru who was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal conspiracy after a deadly siege at his fortress-like compound. Sant Rampal, a 63-year-old former engineer, had ignored orders to appear in court for questioning in a 2006 murder case. But when police moved in to arrest him Tuesday, they clashed with thousands of devotees who were packed inside his heavily fortified ashram in northern India. His supporters said he was too ill to make the 250-kilometer (155-mile) journey from his ashram to the court in Chandigarh, the Haryana state capital. Some of his followers were armed with rocks, guns and small bags of acid, according to police.

  • Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage and officials said it was unlikely to trigger a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.5 and struck about 122 kilometers (76 miles) off Tobelo, a coastal town on Halmahera Island in North Maluku province. It said it was centered at a depth of about 38 kilometers (24 miles). The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency put the magnitude at 6.7 and said it was unlikely to trigger a tsunami. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines i