Police train their fire hose at protesters as the latter try to force their way closer to the U.S. Embassy for a rally against next week's visit of U.S. President Barack Obama April 23, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.  (AP Photo)
Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila
MANILA--Philippine police armed with truncheon, shields and water hose clashed April 23 with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines.
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese website and smartphone app developers.
The entrance of a cave reportedly used by former Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda during his 30 years of hiding on Lubang Island in the Philippines (Manabu Sasaki)
Forgiving Filipinos try to cash in on long-detested Japanese army straggler
LUBANG ISLAND, Philippines--An expanded hiking trail and planned tourist attractions will be dedicated to a man who terrorized inhabitants of this island for decades with deadly ambushes and guerrilla tactics.
In this April 1, 2014 file photo, provided by the U.S. Navy, the Bluefin 21 autonomous sub is hoisted back on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing in the Indian Ocean, as search efforts continue for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.(AP Photo)
Official says a sub will be deployed for first time to search for Malaysia jet wreckage
PERTH, Australia--Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, right, welcomes Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh for their 7th Meeting of the Philippines-Vietnam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation on Aug. 1, 2013, in Manila. (AP Photo)
INSIGHT: Philippine, Vietnamese navies to unite against China over beers and volleyball
MANILA/HONG KONG--The Philippine navy will soon return to a South China Sea island it lost to Vietnam 40 years ago to drink beer and play volleyball with Vietnamese sailors, symbolizing how once-suspicious neighbors are cooperating in the face of China's assertiveness in disputed waters.
Indian voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, on April 7. (AP Photo)
India begins world's largest election
GAUHATI, India--India started the world's largest election on April 7, with voters in the remote northeast making their way past lush rice paddies and over rickety bamboo bridges to reach the polls. Most parties were campaigning on promises of economic growth.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, foreground left, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, foreground second from left, accompanied by an Australian Air Force Group commander (AP photo)
Malaysian prime minister visits Australian base for jet search
PERTH, Australia--Malaysia's prime minister said on April 3 the search for the missing jetliner will not stop until answers are found, as his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott called it "the most difficult in human history."
Steve Wang, right, a representative from the committee for relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 talks to journalists after a closed door meeting with Malaysian officials via teleconference in Beijing on April 2. (AP Photo)
Malaysian police: Jet mystery may never be solved
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--A police investigation may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, and search planes scouring the Indian Ocean for any sign of its wreckage aren't certain to find anything either, officials said on April 2.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, is greeted by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels during his visit to Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat township, Maguindanao province in southern Philippines on Feb. 11, 2013. (AP photo)
Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal
MANILA--The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on March 27, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.
Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 cry as they protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on March 25. (AP photo)
Families of some Chinese passengers on missing plane receive insurance payouts
BEIJING--Chinese insurance companies have started paying compensation to the families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, state news agency Xinhua said on March 27.
Hundreds of Japanese 10,000-yen bills found stashed in old speakers (Provided by The Tuoi Tre newspaper in Vietnam)
Impoverished Vietnamese scavenger finds 5.2 million yen in old speakers
HANOI--Vietnamese are buzzing over a stash of Japanese bills totaling more than 5.2 million yen ($50,980) found by an impoverished scrap metal collector in Ho Chi Minh City hidden inside old speakers she bought from a stranger last year.
Malaysia's Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein shows a printout of the latest satellite image of objects that might be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur on March 26. Hishammuddin said the objects were seen close to where three other satellites previously detected objects. (AP Photo)
Satellite spots 122 objects floating in Flight 370 search area, but air hunt comes up empty
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--They are the most tantalizing clues yet: 122 objects spotted by satellite, floating in the turbulent Indian Ocean where officials believe the missing Malaysian jetliner went down. But bad weather, the passage of time and the sheer remoteness of their location kept answers out of the searchers' grasp.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a press conference for the missing Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur on March 24. (AP photo)
Malaysia says jet crashed in sea; China wants evidence
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia said on March 24 that a missing jetliner had crashed into the Indian Ocean, an announcement that was greeted with hysteria by Chinese relatives of those on board and a demand by China that Kuala Lumpur share all the evidence it had on the incident.
Two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft sit on the tarmac at RAAF Pearce base ready to join the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, on March 23. (AP photo)
Chinese plane sees floating 'white objects' in search for Malaysian jet
SYDNEY/PERTH--A Chinese military aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner spotted several "suspicious" floating objects on March 24 in remote seas off Australia, increasing the likelihood that the wreckage of the plane may soon be found.
In this image released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions and taken on  May 18, 2013, climbers navigate the Hillary Step just below the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. (AP photo)
Nepal will try to ease congestion on Mount Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal--Nepal plans to minimize the congestion of climbers near the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit of Mount Everest, which gets clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather, officials said on March 24.
This image provided by China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18 by a Chinese satellite in S44’57 E90’13 in south Indian Ocean. It shows what is suspected to be a floating object 22 meters long and 13 meters wide. It is about 120 km south (slightly to the west) of the suspected objects released by Australia. (AP Photo/ China State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense)
China satellite detects object in jet search area
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Search planes headed back out to a desolate patch of the southern Indian Ocean on March 23 in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone.
Meta IV, a $1 million yacht offering cruises among the reefs and islands, is silhouetted at sunset near Nyuang Wee Island, in Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar on Feb. 9. Isolated for decades by the country’s former military regime and piracy, the Mergui archipelago is thought by scientists to harbor some of the world’s most important marine biodiversity and looms as a lodestone for those eager to experience one of Asia’s last tourism frontiers before, as many fear, it succumbs to the ravages that have befallen many of the continent’s once pristine seascapes. (AP Photo)
Myanmar's marine Eden braces for tourism
MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO, Myanmar—Where the Indian Ocean rolls toward Myanmar's southwestern coast, a lacework of 800 islands rises, fringed with shimmering beaches of no footprints.
In this March 19 photo released by the Australia Defence Department, Royal Australian Air Force Airborne Electronics Analyst, Flight Sgt. Tom Stewart from 10 Squadron, on board an AP-3C Orion watches a radar screen over the Southern Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast during a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AP photo)
Australia reports possible debris from Malaysian plane in Indian Ocean
SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR--Search aircraft are investigating two objects spotted by satellite floating in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 12 days with 239 people on board.
A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane cries as she holds a banner in front of journalists reading "We are against the Malaysian government for hiding the truth and delaying the rescue. Release our families unconditionally!" at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, on March 19. (AP photo)
Investigative source: Missing Malaysian jet most likely in southern Indian Ocean
KUALA LUMPUR--Investigators probing the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean, a source close to the investigation said on March 19.
A foam plane with messages and cards with personalized messages dedicated to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, are placed in the viewing gallery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 15 in Sepang, Malaysia. (AP photo)
Australia searches for missing plane as Malaysian police trawl through backgrounds of crew
KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY--Australia will lead a search of the remote southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian jet liner, its prime minister said on March 17, amid mounting evidence the plane's disappearance was a meticulously planned act of sabotage or hijacking.

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