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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Air Force spokesman: Plane from Australia believed hijacked at Bali airport in Indonesia.... 4/25/2014 3:26 AM

Bangkok grenade attacks hit Thai newspaper, court
BANGKOK (AP) -- Grenades hit the headquarters of a Thai newspaper and a court in Thailand's capital, police said Friday, as political tensions heat up ahead of a crucial court ruling over the fate of the prime minister. No one was hurt in the attacks.... 4/25/2014 3:23 AM

Sina suspends book site after pornography reported
BEIJING (AP) -- Sina.com says it has temporarily closed its literature site after the Chinese web giant was alleged to be hosting pornography.... 4/25/2014 3:13 AM

AP Exclusive: Foreign food aid drying up in NKorea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no longer receiving assistance and aid to millions more could soon dry up, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The report underscores the flight of international donors to countries with less political baggage and more willingness to let aid workers do their jobs.... 4/25/2014 3:12 AM

Egypt tries to save money on wheat subsidies
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt will try to save half the money it spends on wheat subsidies by issuing a new smart card system to ensure that the cheap bread goes to only the neediest.... 4/25/2014 3:04 AM

Baidu profit up 24.1 percent on strong ad revenue
BEIJING (AP) -- Baidu Inc., operator of China's most popular Internet search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit jumped 24.1 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew.... 4/25/2014 3:03 AM

HK bankers add to calls for democracy from Beijing
HONG KONG (AP) -- A group of Hong Kong finance industry professionals are pledging to join an Occupy-style movement to protest growing influence from Beijing that they say is undermining the Asian financial hub's economy.... 4/25/2014 3:00 AM

Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales
TOKYO (AP) -- Honda's profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales.... 4/25/2014 2:41 AM

Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster.... 4/25/2014 2:41 AM

S&P cuts Russia's credit rating
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, citing the capital flight and risk to investment in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.... 4/25/2014 2:40 AM

Death toll rises to 9 after voting in India
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- The death toll from violence during a major day of voting in the world's biggest election rose to nine Friday, according to police, who say suspected rebels killed five paramilitary soldiers and four polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states.... 4/25/2014 2:28 AM

Analysis: Beyond Kerry, seeking new Mideast ideas
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict. Although a formula may yet be found to somehow prolong the talks past an end-of-April deadline, they are on the brink of collapse and the search is already on for new ideas.... 4/25/2014 2:24 AM

Britain's young royal family end Australian tour
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, ended their 10-day tour of Australia on Friday with veterans' day commemorations in the national capital.... 4/25/2014 2:12 AM

NKorea denies drones were sent to South
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea on Friday denied accusations from Seoul that it sent small, unarmed drone aircraft over the border recently. Three of the drones crashed and were analyzed by the South, which said they came from North Korea.... 4/25/2014 2:05 AM

Fury, cargo questions surround sunken SKorea ferry
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol held the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief overnight, angry about the pace of divers who have recovered 183 bodies so far but may have nearly 120 left to find in the dark rooms of the submerged vessel.... 4/25/2014 1:52 AM

Iran cuts portion of gasoline subsidies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012.... 4/25/2014 1:48 AM

Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widen
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The seabed search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is set to widen as a sonar scan of the most likely crash site deep beneath the Indian Ocean nears completion without yielding a single clue, authorities said Friday.... 4/25/2014 1:08 AM

US, Japan say Pacific trade talks make headway
TOKYO (AP) -- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement.... 4/25/2014 1:00 AM

APNewsBreak: Ecuador expels US military group
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has learned.... 4/25/2014 12:17 AM

Jamaican police increasingly facing murder charges
MAY PEN, Jamaica (AP) -- It's been nearly a year since Sevina Giderisingh's 20-year-old son died in a confrontation with a police officer on the dusty outskirts of this struggling Jamaican city where jobs are scarce and crime is frequent.... 4/25/2014 12:03 AM