• BHP posts 86 percent profit drop as commodity prices tumble

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, reported an 86 percent drop in annual profit on Tuesday amid plummeting commodity prices, as the company warned that China's slowing economy would lead to further market volatility. BHP saw a net profit of $1.9 billion for the 12 months to June 30, down from $13.8 billion a year ago, the Melbourne, Australia-based company said in a statement. Revenue was down 22 percent to $52 billion. In response, the mining giant said it would cut costs, lowering its target for capital spending in the next financial year from $9 billion to $8.5 billion. Miners such as BHP are under increasing pressure as a slowdown in China's economy results in lower demand for key commodities s

  • US, Sri Lanka discuss measures to address abuse allegations

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's foreign minister told visiting American diplomats on Tuesday about steps the island nation is taking to address allegations of human rights violations during its brutal, quarter century-long civil war. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, who are visiting Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh court delays screening of 'Rana Plaza' movie

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court has imposed a six-month ban on the screening of a movie about a garment worker who was rescued from the rubble 17 days after a five-story factory complex collapsed more than two years ago, killing more than 1,000 people. A two-member panel of judges ordered the ban Monday on the film "Rana Plaza" after a writ petition was submitted alleging that the movie has scenes of horror, cruelty and violence that could negatively affect workers in the country's vital garment industry. The director, Nazrul Islam Khan, had earlier argued that the real-life story of Reshma Begum depicts courage amid the tragedy. The April 24, 2013, disaster left 1,135 people dead.

  • Riise to turn out for Delhi Dynamos in 2nd edition of ISL

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise will play for Delhi Dynamos in the second season of the Indian Super League. The 34-year-old Riise joins Brazilian player-manager Roberto Carlos and French player Florent Malouda in the Delhi team, which failed to make the semifinals in the opening season. Riise, known for his stamina and powerful shooting, is the most-capped player for Norway with 110 matches. After leaving Liverpool, he played with Roma, Fulham and Cypriot club APOEL. A team statement quoted former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos as saying that Riise will "help in the development and evolution of the team" and that he was a "true leader on the field." The eight-team franchise-based ISL

  • Typhoon Goni damages buildings, drenches western Japan

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, tossed around cars and flooded streets in southwestern Japan on Tuesday before heading out to the Sea of Japan. No deaths were reported, but at least 26 people were injured, according to Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The same storm struck the Philippines earlier, where the death toll rose to 21 with 15 still missing as search and rescue efforts continued. Typhoon Goni made landfall after daybreak Tuesday on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, bringing fierce winds and heavy rain to much of western Japan. Flights to and from Kyushu were canceled, and train and bus service suspended. Japanese television showed uprooted trees, downed power li

  • Pro-statehood protesters attack police in west Nepal; 9 dead

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of security forces patrolled a west Nepal area Tuesday where ethnic protesters, demanding statehood, attacked police with spears and knives a day earlier leaving at least six officers and three protesters dead and many others injured. A curfew was imposed and policemen and soldiers were rushed to Tikapur, 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kathmandu, where the clashes happened Monday. Government administrator Raj Kumar Shrestha said authorities were in control of the town and surrounding areas and there were no protests or reports of curfew violations. At least 20 policemen were being treated in hospitals after being hurt in the clashes.

  • Burwash leads Bowling Green, Kentucky, at LLWS

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Eli Burwash scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning then earned the save pitching as Bowling Green, Kentucky, avoided elimination Monday at the Little League World Series by beating Taylors, South Carolina, 4-3. Bowling Green will play Tuesday night against Bonita, California, which beat Cranston, Rhode Island, 10-3. Burwash also hit a first-inning home run. "I've closed out before, but this was the biggest one yet," said Burwash, who said his last home run was in regionals. Ty Bryant earned the win, leaving after 84 pitches, and will be eligible for all of the weekend should Bowling Green progress that far. Burwash needed only 14 pitches and can pitch again Tuesd

  • Record wildfire in Washington gets international, local help

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — As Washington state's wildfires burned into the record books Monday, calls for help were answered from far and near. Fire managers from New Zealand and Australia arrived to contribute to a ground campaign led by firefighters from across the West and augmented by U.S. soldiers. The flames that claimed the lives of three firefighters, injured four others and burned 200 homes also inspired an outpouring of volunteers who have been invited for the first time in state history to help battle the blazes. This summer's fire response across the West has been overwhelmed by destructive blazes tearing through the tinder-dry region.

  • Mexico scores 9 in 1st inning to eliminate Australia at LLWS

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mexico scored nine runs in the first inning to eliminate Australia from the Little League World Series, winning 14-3 in four innings on Monday. Gerardo Lujano and Andres Villa each hit 2-run doubles in the first inning. Damian Garcia, Jorge Armenta and Alberto Bustos added home runs for Mexicali, which advances to play Tuesday vs. the winner of Monday's game between Taiwan and Uganda. Armenta finished 3 for 3 with 4 RBIs. Garcia was 2 for 2. Derik Lopez and Gerardo Lujano scored twice each. Mexicali scored at least once in each inning to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule. Blake Cavill was 2 for 2 with an RBI for Sydney, which finished 1-2 in Australia's third year as its own region

  • Bangkok blast probe hindered by broken security cameras

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Up to 75 percent of the security cameras were broken along the getaway path taken by the main suspect in last week's deadly Bangkok bombing, Thailand's police chief said Monday, revealing a major obstacle to an investigation that has only fuzzy images of the still-unidentified man. Investigators are trying to "put pieces of the puzzle together" but have had to use their imagination to fill holes left by cameras that failed to record his movements, said national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung, openly frustrated as he spoke to reporters one week after the blast. "For example, the perpetrator was driving away — escaping — and there are CCTV cameras following him. Sometimes there were 20 cameras on the stre

  • Pakistan rescues Chinese tourist held by the Taliban

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Chinese tourist held hostage for more than a year by the Taliban in Pakistan has been freed by the country's security forces and intelligence agencies, authorities said. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency identified the hostage as Hong Xudong, who was abducted in May 2014 near the northwestern Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan. Hong, who is from central China's Hubei province, had entered the country from India and had been travelling around Pakistan by bicycle. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the rescue of a Chinese hostage late Sunday night, without naming Hong.

  • Image of Asia: Lighting incense at Erawan Shrine

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    In this photo by Charles Dharapak, a worshipper lights incense at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok a week after the bombing that killed 20 people and injured scores. The shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, but is extremely popular among Thailand's Buddhists as well as Chinese tourists. Throngs of tourists come to the shrine to pray, lighting incense and offering flowers purchased from sidewalk stalls. The site at the corner of a busy intersection is a hubbub of activity, with quiet worshippers sometimes flanked by Thai dancers hired by those seeking good fortune, while groups of tourists shuffle in and out.

  • US Marine admits choking transgender Filipino, denies murder

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Monday that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel but stressed that he didn't kill her, his lawyer said. Lawyer Rowena Flores said her client, Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, told the court in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, that Jennifer Laude was unconscious but breathing when he left her in the shower of a motel, where they checked in to have sex after meeting in a bar in October last year. Pemberton panicked after seeing her unconscious and left. Defense lawyers would present evidence that raises the possibility that someone else killed L

  • Party spokesman: Maldives ex-president taken back to prison

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Maldives police have taken former President Mohamed Nasheed back to jail even though his 13-year sentence was commuted to house arrest last month, a party spokesman said Monday. Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, spokesman for Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party, said police and Department of Corrections officials arrived at Nasheed's house in the capital of Male on Sunday night and took him away. He was last seen leaving Male on a speedboat, apparently headed to an island jail, Ghafoor said. "The retraction of permanent commutation of Nasheed's sentence to house arrest and his transfer back to the country's maximum security jail in Maafushi island is illegal," Ghafoor said in a statement.

  • UN tribunal orders India to suspend case against Italians

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A U.N.-mandated tribunal on Monday ordered India to put on hold legal proceedings against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 until an arbitration panel has ruled on the dispute. However, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg didn't act on Rome's request to order the release of one of the marines, who is still held in India. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone were assigned to anti-piracy duty aboard an Italian oil tanker off India's coast at the time of the shootings. Italy argues the shooting occurred in international waters, that the fishermen were mistaken for pirates and that the case should be heard in an Italian court.

  • Bangladesh charges 10 for allegedly beating boy to death

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A magistrate in northeastern Bangladesh accepted charges against 10 men and issued arrest warrants for three alleged fugitives Monday in the beating death of a 13-year-old boy that stunned a nation used to violent crime because a video of him being tortured was posted online. Magistrate Shahedul Karim decided to accept the police charges and fixed Aug. 31 for the next hearing, prosecution counsel Misbahuddin Siraj said. More hearings will be needed before the accused are formally indicted and the final phase of the trial can begin, Siraj said. The boy, Samiul Islam Rajon, died of internal bleeding after being attacked in the northeastern city of Sylhet.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Across the Mideast this past week, protesters gathered en masse in Lebanon and Iraq. Lebanese riot police battled in the streets of downtown Beirut for a second night Sunday after demonstrators rallied over government paralysis and an ongoing trash crisis. The clashes injured at least 44 people and 30 police officers, authorities said. In Iraq, thousands rallied in the capital, Baghdad and a string of other cities to press demands for reforms, better services and an end to corruption — the latest in a series of peaceful gatherings over the past month to demand change. Baghdad's rally attracted up to 10,000 demonstrators, many waving Iraq's red, white and black flag and chanting the national anthem.

  • Hugh Jackman plans Australian concert tour

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Hugh Jackman is knocking an item off his bucket list. The Hollywood star plans a concert tour of his native Australia starting in November based on his successful one-man show on Broadway. "Anybody who knows me knows that keeping secrets is not my forte ... today is the announcement of a true bucket list moment for me," he told reporters in Sydney on Monday. The "Broadway to Oz" show will mix songs with Jackman's own storytelling. He'll perform with choirs, dancers and musicians, singing songs from shows he was part of or wanted to be. While best-known as Wolverine in the "X-Men" films, the actor won a Tony Award as lead actor in the musical "The Boy From Oz," based on the life of Australian singer

  • AP PHOTOS: Kashmiris suffer as India, Pakistan trade fire

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    JAMMU, India (AP) — On the face of it, these villages in the Jammu region of Indian Kashmir seem idyllic. Buffalo carts lazily make their way through lush green paddy fields. Elderly villagers sit in the gentle sun exchanging local gossip and bright-eyed children fill the local schools. But over the last two weeks the villages have been witness to an angry exchange of fire and mortar shells between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. This isn't the first time that these villages have borne the brunt of the animosity between India and archrival Pakistan, and likely won't be the last. Earlier this month at least nine civilians were killed and scores injured in Kashmir, a region of the Himalayas divided between the South Asian nati

  • The Latest on Bangkok: Photog held for carrying body armor

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the bombings in the Thai capital (all times local): 2 p.m. ___ The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand has expressed dismay at the detention of a Hong Kong journalist for carrying body armor and a helmet. Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, who was assigned by Initium Media Technology to cover the aftermath of last week's bombing in central Bangkok left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured, was stopped at the Thai capital's international airport on Sunday as he was boarding a flight to Hong Kong. He is being charged with possessing an illegal weapon, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years.




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