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Scientists Claim New Gibbon Species, Name It Luke Skywalker

LONDON — Researchers in China claim they have identified a new species of gibbon in the remote forests along its border with Burma – and have named it after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

Asian Markets Mostly Higher After Wall Street Sinks

BEIJING — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Wall Street sank on worries the Trump administration might not do as much for businesses as once thought.

Obama Lifts Arms Ban in His First Visit to Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the one-party state.

Inspired by Nepalese, UK Architect Rebuilds Ancient Temple

CHANGU NARAYAN, Nepal — When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last year, villagers in Changu Narayan ran up the steep rocky path that cuts through their town to their renowned temple. Seeing the piles of rubble, they figured their lives were over.

US Museum Returns 10th Century Statue to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia on Monday welcomed home a 10th-century Khmer statue that was looted during the country's civil war before spending the past three decades at an American museum.

Don't Dismiss, Don't Panic Over North Korean Nuke Threats

SEOUL — When North Korea threatens to nuke its enemies, as it has twice over the last several days, outsiders often have one of two reactions: to dismiss it as yet another example of empty propaganda or to panic.

Michelle Obama to Visit Japan, Cambodia to Promote Girls' Education

BANGKOK (DPA) — US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month to promote girls' education around the world, the White House said Tuesday.

Top Chinese Admiral Says Minor Incident in South China Sea Could Spark War

By Ben Blanchard and Andrea Shalal
Reuters

WASHINGTON — China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday.

Search Underway for Missing Sailors; Navy Chief Orders Probe

SINGAPORE — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and five injured.

Islamic State Tightens Grip on Captives Held as Sex Slaves

The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 (around 440,000 baht) and she will be sold soon."

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