• Defamation trial of BBC reporter begins in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai lawyer has withdrawn a criminal defamation case against a British BBC journalist involving a report on foreigners being defrauded of property, the BBC says.

    Updated: 8:14 pm

  • Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it’s necessary to focus on a political settlement.

  • Lab-made “mini organs” helping doctors treat cystic fibrosis

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding.

    Updated: 10:30 am

  • Sri Lanka justice minister fired for criticizing China deal

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president fired the justice minister on Wednesday for criticizing government policies, including a decision to sell a majority of shares in a seaport to China.

  • North Korea photos suggest new solid-fuel missile designs

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea’s state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles.

  • Hong Kong shuts down in preparation for powerful typhoon

    HONG KONG (AP) — A powerful typhoon caused at least three deaths Wednesday in Macau, according to local authorities in the Chinese gambling enclave.

  • Indonesia forest threatened by development despite new rules

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In a remote corner of Borneo, an Indonesian company and its Chinese partner are pushing ahead with an industrial wood plantation in a tropical forest and orangutan habitat, apparently flouting government regulations intended to prevent a repeat of disastrous fires in 2015.

  • Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police said Wednesday that a headless torso found in the Baltic Sea has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine that sank earlier this month.

  • The Latest: Police: Headless torso found with piece of metal

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the headless body found in Denmark that police said matches with missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall (all times local):

  • German police seize thousands of ‘Trump’ ecstasy tablets

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump’s head, a haul with an estimated street value of 39,000 euros ($45,900.)