DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The Taliban have smuggled 25 militants they broke out of a prison in northwest Pakistan this week to one of the group's strongholds in the country's tribal region, two commanders say. The deadly raid late Monday night on the prison was codenamed "Freedom from Death," cost $115,000 and took six months to plan, they say. Moved. By Ishtiaq Mahsud. AP Photos.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's opposition party escalates its challenge of the country's election results, claiming it actually won a majority of National Assembly seats. Longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen, meanwhile, strikes a conciliatory tone in his first public appearance since the balloting, saying he will send two colleagues to talk with opposition leaders. Moved. By Sopheng Cheang. AP Photos.


MANILA, Philippines — Electricity is restored to most of a Philippine province that was entirely cut off for more than 24 hours when the national power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid bills, officials say. Moved.


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' top diplomat says he has reversed an earlier recommendation and now backs an international appeal for more than 300 Filipino peacekeepers to stay in the increasingly dangerous Golan Heights for six months after the United Nations promised to bolster their security. Moved. By Jim Gomez.


KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of civilian casualties has spiked in the first half of this year as insurgents use the NATO drawdown to try to retake lost territory. Moved. AP Photos.


BANGKOK — An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, as authorities race to clean up the area's once-white sands and clear waters. Moved. AP Photos.


BEIJING — Huang Dongliang says his uncle was being ignored by his low-paid cancer physician at a Chinese government hospital. So the family gave the doctor a "hongbao," the traditional red envelope used for gifts, with 3,000 yuan ($480). "We could feel an obvious difference" after that, says Huang. "The doctor started to do more checkups, to give suggestions and advice and offered a detailed chemotherapy plan." Moved. By Joe McDonald. AP Photos.


MANILA, Philippines — Government forces kill at least six communist rebels in the latest in a string of battle losses for the insurgents, the military says. Moved. By Oliver Teves.


YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian prosecutors seek prison terms of up to 12 years for a dozen elite soldiers accused of storming a prison on the main island of Java and executing four detainees to avenge the murder of a fellow soldier. Moved. AP Photos.


OAK CREEK, Wisconsin — Sikh temples generally have four doors, one on each side of the building, as a symbolic invitation to travelers in every direction. But after a lone gunman walked into a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple last year and killed six people, some of the survivors suggested rethinking their openness. After consideration and contemplation, temple members kept the policy, deciding it was important to show the world the best way to stand against violence was to respond with love, peace and compassion. Moved. By Dinesh Ramde. Moved. AP Photos.



TAIPEI, Taiwan — Dozens of Taiwanese scuffle with police in the rowdiest demonstration yet against a new trade agreement with China. Signed on June 21, the pact allows each side to invest in the other's service sectors, including banking. Its approval by Taiwan's legislature is considered a foregone conclusion. Moved. By Annie Huang. AP Photo.


TOKYO — The CEO of Delta Air Lines is urging the Japanese government to open the country's skies to greater competition from foreign airlines. Richard Anderson says protection of domestic carriers is holding back foreign airlines such as Delta. Japan is a key Asian market for the U.S. airline. Moved. By Azusa Uchikura. AP Photos


TOKYO — Honda Motor Co.'s net profit for the first quarter of its fiscal year slipped 7 percent, largely on financial expenses and other spending, although its auto sales increased outside of Japan. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama. AP Photos.


TOKYO — Nintendo is making money again courtesy of a weaker yen but its business selling game machines is ailing, with sales of its flagship Wii U console still lackluster. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama. AP Photos.


TOKYO — Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp. says its quarterly earnings surged more than eight-fold, helped by the weaker yen and a one-time boost from a change in its corporate pension scheme. The company also credited strength in its automotive and housing-related divisions for helping to offset weakness in sales of its traditional business of electronic appliances. Moved. By Elaine Kurtenbach. AP Photos.


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