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Image of Asia: Waiting for word on Japanese hostage

Image of Asia: Waiting for word on Japanese hostage

In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, Japan's government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga bows toward to Japanese flag prior to a n…

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Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead

BEIJING (AP) — About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract the…

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Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terr…

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Death toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed.

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Vietnam grounds decades-old Huey choppers after fatal crash

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era U.S.-built helicopters after a crash kil…

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World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report

HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether …

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Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan

Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan …

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China education minister demands rejection of Western values

BEIJING (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, sayi…

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Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline fo…

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Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three A…

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Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese s…

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China education minister demands rejection of Western values

BEIJING (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, sayi…

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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journali…

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Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession

Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a r…

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Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial C…

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Wife of Japanese hostage appeals for his release

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto has made her first public appeal for her husband's life.

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Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled…

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Thai junta blocks discussion of media censorship

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military to…

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Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and s…

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Suicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 people and…

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