• Earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Aceh province; several dead

    Rescuers recover the body of a victim of an earthquake under the rubble of a collapsed building in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a number of people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

    BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

  • Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

    President Barack Obama waves before speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Closing out two terms as a president at war, Barack Obama staunchly defended his counterterrorism strategy as one that rejected torture, held to American values and avoided large-scale troop deployments, in an implicit effort to shape the strategy his successor might employ.

  • A mixed open for US stocks on Wall Street as energy slumps

    This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets pushed higher on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, as investors cheered another record day on Wall Street and looked past the political and economic uncertainty buffeting Europe. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday, cheered by gains on Wall Street and optimism about the telecommunications industry.

  • Sri Lanka’s former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt

    In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, photo, Basil Rajapaksa, center, Sri Lanka's former economic affairs minister and brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, speaks to supporters at the party office of the newly launched Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna or Sri Lanka People's Front party in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Although still an official member of Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the goal of the newly launched Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party is widely expected to resurrect Rajapaksa's fortunes after he lost the Sri Lankan presidency in 2015 in a stunning electoral upset. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A year after losing Sri Lanka’s presidency in a stunning electoral upset, strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa is making unusual political moves to regain power in the South Asian island nation — through a newly launched political party in which he has no actual stake.

  • South Korea’s Park would leave economy mired in challenges

    Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. arrives for hearing at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea's most powerful business leaders from Samsung, Hyundai Motor and six other companies face grilling as lawmakers probe their links to a corruption scandal involving South Korea's president and her confidante. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea’s economic ascent but are central to its political crisis.

  • Volleyballers vs. bulldozers: A Chinatown’s history at stake

    In this Aug. 14, 2016 photo provided by Virginia Tow, players of the Boston Knight A volleyball team, front, go up for a spike against the Boston Hurricanes Black team during the August Moon Festival at Reggie Wong Park in the Chinatown neighborhood in Boston. The fate of a modest asphalt court where Chinese immigrants developed a unique style of volleyball is uncertain. The state of Massachusetts is seeking proposals to develop a prime slice of real estate near Boston's Chinatown that was a nursery for nine-man volleyball. (Virginia Tow via AP)

    BOSTON (AP) — On the streets, alleyways and parking lots of Boston’s Chinatown, immigrants developed a unique style of volleyball now played in Chinatowns across the country. Now, an asphalt court where the game still thrives stands in the way of development.

  • Rohingya who fled Myanmar recount killings, rapes, burnings

    In this Dec. 2, 2016 photo, Mohsena Begum, a Rohingya who escaped to Bangladesh from Myanmar, holds her child and sits at the entrance of a room of an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. “They drove us out of our houses, men and women in separate lines, ordering us to keep our hands folded on the back of our heads,” says 20-year-old Mohsena Begum, her voice choking as she described what happened to the little village of Caira Fara, which had long been home to hundreds of members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community. In refugee camps in Bangladesh, survivors of a wave of violence that has swept Myanmar in recent weeks say government forces have targeted minority Rohingya villages, burning many to the ground, killing the innocent and raping women. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.

  • Indians look for solutions only when toxic pollution soars

    In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 photo, people ride a motorcycle carrying air purifiers at a traffic intersection surrounded by a thick layer of smog in New Delhi, India. The news that the Indian capital is one of the dirtiest cities in the world, having surpassed Beijing for that dubious record, is three years old. But the awareness that it's toxic enough to leave its citizens chronically ill and requires long-term lifestyle changes is relatively nascent. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The truth of New Delhi’s toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray haze turned the view outside her home into a scene from a bad science fiction film last month, she bought pollution masks.

  • Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars

    Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf,  with no one inside, scoots during a demonstration of their Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Nissan Motor Co. is testing out self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan to tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading without anyone behind the steering wheel.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.

  • German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student

    In this Oct. 21, 2016 file photo flowers and candles sit in front of a tree close to the Dreisam river in Freiburg, Germany, where the body of a student was found.  A 17-year-old Afghan migrant, who entered Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor, was arrested Friday in connection with the killing. The 19-year-old medicine student vanished on her way home from a party in mid-October.  (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a “tragic event,” responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week.