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Police block the road to the Red Mosque during a rally by clerics seeking to press their calls for the death of social media activists accused of insulting Islam in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blockedThree more bloggers accused of blasphemy as police blocked a rally by clerics in Islamabad seeking to press their calls for the death of social media activists accused of insulting Islam
The Associated Press58 minutes ago
Suspected suicide bomber dies in blast near Dhaka airportBangladesh police say a man detonated a bomb near a police post on a busy road near Dhaka's airport, killing himself but causing no other injuries
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to WestHazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Western brands respond to report on Bangladesh tanneriesHandbag and shoe companies respond to nonprofit group's investigation finding that they have used Bangladesh manufacturers that get some of their leather from tanneries with labor and environmental problems
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to WestHazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A woman looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, March 24, 2017. Asian stock markets are mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts among investors over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
World markets mixed as US health care bill vote loomsWorld stock markets are mixed after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts about whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda
The Associated Press5 hours ago
The giant panda Bao Bao looks out from an enclosure at its new home at the panda research base in Dujiangyan in southwest China's Sichuan province Friday, March 24, 2017. Friday was the first public appearance for Bao Bao after the beloved panda was returned to China from Washington's National Zoo. (Chinatopix via AP)
US-born panda Bao Bao makes first public appearance in ChinaAmerican-born giant panda Bao Bao has made her first appearance before the public in southwestern China following her move there from Washington, D.C. Bao Bao was born at the National Zoo in Washington to pandas on loan from China
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Indonesian police arrest militants setting up jihadi campIndonesia's counterterrorism squad says it has arrested four suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a jihadist training camp in eastern Indonesia and who likely had links with Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines
The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE - This combination of three file photos taken Tuesday, March 14, 2017 shows Hong Kong chief executive candidates, from left, former judge Woo Kwok-hing, former Financial Secretary John Tsang and former chief secretary Carrie Lam, speaking during a chief executive election debate in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is poised to select a new leader on March 26, but the choice will be made by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites rather than voters from among the city’s 7.3 million residents, under a system that was strongly criticized during 2014’s huge pro-democracy protests. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
AP Explains: Hong Kong's unusual system to pick its leaderHong Kong is poised to choose a new leader on Sunday when members of a committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites cast their ballots in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests
The Associated Press7 hours ago
FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean coast guard officers rescue ferry Sewol captain Lee Joon-seok, wearing a sweater and underwear, from the ferry in the water off the Jindo, South Korea. Salvage workers are slowly pulling up the huge, corroded South Korean ferry above the sea surface Thursday, March 23, 2017, about three years after it sank on its routine voyage to a resort island, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students. (South Korea Coast Guard/Yonhap via AP, File)
Sunken S. Korean ferry set to be loaded on transport vesselSalvage crews are towing a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry toward a transport vessel after it was successfully raised from waters off the country's southwest coast
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Indian police arrest 8 accused of smuggling human bonesPolice in eastern India say they have arrested eight men involved in smuggling human bones and recovered 18 skeletons from them
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Indonesia police fire tear gas on Muslims protesting churchIndonesian police have fired tear gas to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a city near the capital, Jakarta
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Photo gallery: New Hong Kong leader, as anointed by BeijingOn Sunday, a select group of tycoons, business leaders, politicians and trade and industry group representatives will gather to vote for the next leader of Hong Kong
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Sydney teenager pleads guilty to plotting terrorist attackA Sydney teenager has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on an Australian Veteran's Day ceremony last year
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Workers try to raise the sunken Sewol ferry between two barges during the salvage operation in waters off Jindo, South Korea, Friday, March 24, 2017. South Korean efforts to bring the sunken, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a vehicle ramp that had been dangling from the ship and hindering efforts to raise it. (Gang Jong-min/Newsis via AP)
Sunken S.Korean ferry set to be loaded on transport vesselSouth Korean efforts to transport a corroding, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a vehicle ramp that had been dangling from the sunken ship and hindering efforts to raise it
The Associated Press13 hours ago
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