MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister bluntly rejects U.S. demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border. Moved. By Vladimir Isachenkov. AP Photos, Graphic, Video.


WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with Russia. Moved. By Julie Pace. AP Photos.



KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials say a brazen Taliban assault on the presidential palace in Kabul has left three guards dead. Moved. AP Photos.


SEOUL, South Korea — Major government and media websites in South and North Korea are shut down for hours on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul said its sites were hacked, while it was unclear what knocked out those north of the border. Moved. By Youkyung Lee and Elizabeth Shim. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — The former top White House official on counter-proliferation says diplomacy is unlikely to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and the best to hope for is a verifiable freeze in its production of fissile material. Moved. By Matthew Pennington.


BEIJING — The Chinese businessman behind plans to build a waterway across Nicaragua to rival the Panama Canal says his ambitious project is no joke and is backed by experienced consultants, despite skepticism that he can deliver the $40 billion project. Moved. By Didi Tang.


PEKANBARU, Indonesia — Police say eight farmers have been arrested for setting illegal fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island to clear land after numerous blazes created a choking haze in parts of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Moved. AP Photos.


GAUCHAR, India — Authorities prepare to cremate the bodies of hundreds of people who perished in monsoon flooding in northern India, as soldiers attempt to rescue tourists and pilgrims who remain stranded in a remote town. Moved. AP Photos.


ULAN BATOR, Mongolia — A popular ex-wrestler and a physician, the first woman to seek Mongolia's top office, are the main rivals to the Harvard-educated incumbent in Wednesday's presidential elections, but neither is likely to wrest the job from him. Moved. By Ganbat Namjilsangarav. AP Photos.


TAIPEI, Taiwan — An activist who fled house arrest in China before moving to America last year has had his first taste of Taiwan's democracy, with raucous lawmakers occupying the legislative floor while he delivered a speech in an adjacent room. Chen Guangcheng told a packed room Tuesday that he considers the commotion often taking place on Taiwan's legislative floor a normal part of democracy. Moved. AP Photos.


SRINAGAR, India — Shops, businesses and schools are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir after separatist groups called for a strike to protest a visit by the Indian prime minister to the disputed Himalayan region. Moved. By Aijaz Hussain. AP Photos.


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's already embattled tourism industry is struggling to deal with worried customers and cancellations after Islamic militants attacked foreign climbers preparing to summit one of the world's tallest mountains, killing 11 people. Moved. By Rebecca Santana. AP Photos.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A former Cambodian governor is convicted in absentia of shooting and wounding three garment workers and is sentenced to 18 months in prison, an outcome that rights groups say highlights the impunity of the country's political elite. Moved. By Sopheng Cheang.


SEOUL, South Korea — For decades, South Korean film buffs thought all their country's moviemaking from the Korean War era was lost forever. And it would have been, but for one film wrapped in a cocoon of old newspapers, tucked inside a plastic bag and placed in a dark, dusty closet. That film, "The Street of the Sun," gets its first screening in six decades on the 63th anniversary of the beginning of the war. Moved. By Elizabeth Shim. AP Photos.


NEW DELHI — A Mumbai court rules that Indian movie star Salman Khan will be tried for homicide for his alleged involvement in a fatal road accident more than 10 years ago. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in jail. Moved. AP Photos.



BEIJING — Chinese workers keeping an American executive confined to his Beijing medical supply factory say they have not been paid in two months in a compensation dispute that highlights tensions in China's labor market. The executive, Chip Starnes of Specialty Medical Supplies, denies the workers' allegations. Moved. By Louise Watt. AP Photos.


HONG KONG — Chinese credit rating company Dagong launches a new venture with Russian and U.S. partners to challenge the dominance of the major rating agencies that were blamed for contributing to the global financial crisis. Moved. By Kelvin Chan. AP Photos.


YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn promises strong sales growth to shareholders in a turnaround from natural disasters and a boycott in China set off by a territorial dispute. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama. AP Photos.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Southeast Asia's top budget carrier, AirAsia, says it has decided to part ways with Japan's All Nippon Airways Co. after clashes over how to run their low-cost joint venture airline. Moved. By Eileen Ng.


TOKYO — A Tokyo high court upholds a lower court's ruling that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's patent for synchronizing music and data across devices. Moved.



CHONGQING, China - Determined to learn their way out of the Great Recession, unprecedented millions of people have enrolled in colleges and universities around the world in the past five years. What they're finding is an educational landscape turning upside down. In the United States — where top schools have long championed a liberal style of learning and broad education before specialization — higher education's focus is shifting to getting students that first job in a still-shaky economy. Tuition is so high and the lingering economic distress so great that an education not directly tied to an occupation is increasingly seen as a luxury. Elsewhere in the world, there is a growing emphasis on broader learning as an economic necessity. Advocates hear employers demanding the "soft skills" — communication, critical thinking, and working with diverse groups — that broad-based learning more effectively instills. They want to graduate job-creators, not just job-fillers. Also moved in advance. Part of the Associated Press series "The Great Reset," a year-long, multiformat project exploring major changes wrought by the Great Recession. By Justin Pope and Didi Tang. With AP Photos.



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