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Japan expands stimulus to spur recovery
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.... 10/31/2014 6:17 AM

Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's stock index surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.... 10/31/2014 6:06 AM

Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president held talks Friday that for the first time brought together opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military chief in a bid to showcase the nation's political dialogue less than two weeks before President Barack Obama and other leaders attend a regional summit.... 10/31/2014 6:06 AM

Afghan leader references Taliban at Beijing
BEIJING (AP) -- Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old government.... 10/31/2014 5:58 AM

Hong Kong protesters: Images of determination
HONG KONG (AP) -- On the evening of Sept. 28, Hong Kong police struggling to hold back thousands of democracy protesters unleashed dozens of rounds of tear gas in a failed attempt to disperse them. When the smoke cleared, Hong Kong had changed. Many young people who previously were indifferent to politics say they experienced an awakening.... 10/31/2014 5:58 AM

AP PHOTOS: Program gives disabled Venezuelans hope
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Juan Carlos Marron is among a small group of young disabled Venezuelans who are finding hope for future independence in a program that teaches them how to repair violins and other musical instruments.... 10/31/2014 5:35 AM

Court upholds death verdicts in slashing attack
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court has upheld the death sentences of three men convicted in brutal knife attacks that killed 31 people outside a railway station in the southern city of Kunming.... 10/31/2014 5:33 AM

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.... 10/31/2014 4:59 AM

Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APEC
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms.... 10/31/2014 4:58 AM

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.... 10/31/2014 4:48 AM

US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation.... 10/31/2014 3:21 AM

Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.... 10/31/2014 2:48 AM

N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday.... 10/31/2014 2:33 AM

Small US-based plane crashes in Caribbean Sea
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) -- Authorities searched in the Caribbean Sea off Dutch St. Maarten on Thursday for one of two pilots from a small cargo plane operated by a U.S. company that crashed shortly after takeoff.... 10/31/2014 2:01 AM

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: Money - and the stuff it buys - brings happiness, or at least satisfaction.... 10/31/2014 1:10 AM

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola
HAVANA (AP) -- Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples.... 10/31/2014 12:34 AM

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.... 10/30/2014 11:34 PM

Puerto Rico government looks to raise tax on oil
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico government officials said Thursday they are seeking a 68 percent increase in an oil tax to help sell up to $2.9 billion in bonds and strengthen one of the island's largest public corporations amid bankruptcy concerns.... 10/30/2014 11:13 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 10:52 PM

Argentina OKs law aimed at luring oil investment
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Congress has passed an energy law aimed at luring foreign investment into its promising shale oil and gas.... 10/30/2014 10:46 PM