• China joins IMF currency basket: Why it matters

    BEIJING (AP) — The addition of China’s yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro.

  • In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 photo, a church is seen dwarfed by Mount Sinabung at the abandoned village of Simacem, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The village is located within an area which, following the eruption of the volcano, has been declared too dangerous to inhabit, forcing its residents to abandon their homes. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

    Indonesia ‘ghost villages’ eerie vestiges of volcano’s power

    KARO, Indonesia (AP) — Crumbling houses. Vehicles overgrown by vegetation. Dusty kitchen utensils. A cassette recorder caked with volcanic ash.

  • Asian stocks down ahead of US data, Fed speeches

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly lower Monday as investors looked ahead to this week’s public appearances by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief for signs of whether the central bank will raise interest rates this month.

  • One of two newly-acquired FA-50PH fighter jets is given a water cannon salute while taxiing on the runway upon landing Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Clark Air Base in Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. The first two of the 12 brand new fighter jets from South Korea, arrived Saturday as part of the country's modernization program and to mark the air force's return to "supersonic jet age." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud

    CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country’s first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

  • Katrina Camille Pena of the Presidential Commission on Good Government holds a set of jewelry from the so-called Hawaii Collection, one of three sets of the Marcos Jewelry Collection, during appraisal by Sotheby's at the Central Bank of the Philippines Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The Hawaii Collection was seized by the US Bureau of Customs upon the Marcos' arrival in Hawaii in 1986 and is now under the custody of the Philippine Commission on Good Government or PCGG. The appraisal was made to determine its current value which was put at $5 to $7 million dollars in 1988 and 1991.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine website to seek tips on missing Marcos paintings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.

  • Chinese stock investors play cards at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. China's stock market fell sharply Friday as investigations into the securities industry widened to include two top brokerages. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    China shares slide as brokers investigated

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were mostly lower in muted trading Friday, after Wall Street was closed for Thanksgiving, but China’s market fell sharply as investigations into the securities industry widened to include two top brokerages.

  • Thai police allege armed plot by government opponents

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country’s monarchy.

  • Trader Kenneth Polcari works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Stocks are opening modestly lower, following declines in Europe. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Asian shares lower on jitters over strife in Middle East

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on developments in the Middle East after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Trading was light ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

  • Vietnam’s transgender say new law paves way for surgeries

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • Tan Seet Eng, also known by the nickname of Dan Tan, front left, leaves the supreme court in Singapore Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 in Singapore. Tan, who was detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate, was ordered to be released on Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully. (AP Photo/Ernest Chua/Today via AP)

    Suspected match-fixing kingpin released from Singapore jail

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released Wednesday by the country’s highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.