Leader's uncle rose to No. 2 in North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Jang Song Thaek rose from a municipal bureaucrat to North Korea's No. 2 official — behind only leader Kim Jong Un.
Oil prices down as Libya plans to resume output
The price of oil slid to around $97 a barrel Friday on the possibility of new supplies from Libya and expectations the Federal Reserve will cut its stimulus program.
Precious Buddhist relics stolen in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian officials said Friday a golden urn containing what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body has been stolen from its shrine near the capital.
Bangladesh Islamist party vows to avenge execution
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An Islamist political party has vowed to deepen the role of Islam in Bangladesh to avenge the execution of a party leader who was hanged for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
Japan, SE Asia fete 40 years of ties, eye China
TOKYO (AP) — Southeast Asian nations are hoping Japan and China will mend their frayed ties, to help minimize the risk of tensions flaring into conflict in the region, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Friday.
More purges may follow execution of Kim's uncle
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country's second most powerful. But while Jang Song Thaek is now gone, the fallout from his purge is not over.
China indicts law activist who founded civic group
BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Chinese legal activist who founded a civil society group was indicted Friday by Beijing prosecutors and will likely stand trial soon, his lawyer said.
Attacks on polio teams in Pakistan kill 3 people
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Attacks on polio teams in northwest Pakistan on Friday killed a polio worker and two policemen assigned to protect one of the teams, police and a government official said.
North Korea executes leader's uncle as a traitor
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2.
Lawyers for detained China church leader assaulted
BEIJING (AP) — A group of Chinese rights lawyers advocating for a detained Christian pastor and his aides in central China said they were assaulted Friday by a crowd of unidentified people who also harassed a British television crew.
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