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August 22, 2016 - 5:50am
2 days 2 hours ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian rapper has been detained for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video.

Wee Meng Chee, popularly known as Namewee, was detained Sunday at Kuala Lumpur's airport as he returned from abroad. Police on Monday obtained a court order to hold the 33-year-old ethnic Chinese singer for four days to investigate him on suspicion of "defiling a place of worship with intention to insult religion."

The video, "...

August 22, 2016 - 5:11am
1 day 7 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Syrian war (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Media reports say Turkish artillery has attacked a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia as well as Islamic State group positions across the border in Syria.

Hurriyet newspaper says the attacks targeted positions north of the town of Manbij, which a Kurdish-led force recently captured from IS, on Monday.

The state-run Anadolu...

August 22, 2016 - 5:08am
2 days 2 hours ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine senators have opened an inquiry into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of killing suspects and being involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Sen. Leila de Lima, who heads the Senate committee leading the investigation, said Monday that she was worried about the widespread killings, and that law enforcers and...

August 22, 2016 - 4:54am
2 days 3 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has protested to Moscow over the detention of a Japanese man visiting one of the disputed islands between the two countries.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday, however, the man's situation would not affect a planned meeting in September between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The man was a translator for a Japanese group on a visa-free visit to Kunashiri, or Kunashir, island...

August 22, 2016 - 4:38am
2 days 3 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — A member of Volkswagen's supervisory board is calling for a quick solution to a legal dispute between the automaker and two suppliers that has forced VW to suspend production of some models at German plants, affecting nearly 28,000 workers.

Volkswagen said last week that it would have to suspend production of the Golf and Passat at the Wolfsburg and Emden plants for around a week because the suppliers weren't delivering parts.

On Monday...

August 22, 2016 - 4:35am
2 days 3 hours ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam says it's now safe to swim at most beaches in four central provinces where massive fish deaths occurred more than four months ago because of toxic chemicals dumped by a Taiwanese steel company.

However, the online newspaper VnExpress quoted Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha as saying it's still unclear whether it's safe to eat fish caught within 20 nautical miles (23 miles, 37 kilometers) off the coast of the four affected provinces....

August 22, 2016 - 4:23am
2 days 3 hours ago

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Officials say at least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern India.

Disaster management officials said Monday that days of heavy rain have caused the Ganges River and its tributaries to rise above the danger mark during the last 48 hours in some 20 districts of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

They said at least 17 people died in...

August 22, 2016 - 4:19am
2 days 3 hours ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has ordered the father and ex-husband of a murdered British woman held for 14 days pending trial, apparently the latest case of so-called "honor killings" in Pakistan.

Chief investigator Abu Bakar Khuda Bux says the two suspects appeared on Monday before a court in the eastern Pakistani city of Jhelum, after the police investigation was completed.

Police have said that 28-year-old Samia Shahid, a British woman of...

August 22, 2016 - 3:38am
2 days 55 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have granted preliminary permission for the planning of new Israeli homes in the city of Hebron, a flashpoint between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank.

COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, confirmed on Monday that permission was given for planning infrastructure.

Hagit Ofran of the anti-settlement group Peace Now says the land was requisitioned from the...

August 22, 2016 - 3:00am
2 days 3 hours ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister is chastising Russia, saying Moscow's announcement on using Iranian bases for attacks on Syrian militants was "kind of show off and ungentlemanly."

State TV's website on Monday quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan as saying "Russians seek to show that they are a superpower."

Dehghan's remarks were the first sign of pushback from Tehran after Russia last week began using Iranian territory to launch airstrikes in...

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