BEIJING — A strong earthquake in a dry, hilly farming area in western China knocked down power lines and damaged scores of homes, killing at least 47 people and injuring nearly 300, the local government said. Developing. By Christopher Bodeen. AP graphic.


TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe devoted the first seven months of his administration to convincing the public he has the wherewithal to lead Japan's revival. With the victory of his ruling coalition in Sunday's election, he now faces the challenge of delivering on that promise. Developing. By Elaine Kurtenbach.


CANBERRA, Australia — The U.S. Navy is considering salvaging four unarmed bombs dropped by U.S. fighter jets into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week. The pilots had to jettison the bombs before landing but couldn't hit their intended target because civilian boats were in the area. By Rod McGuirk. AP Photos.


CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was branded "Recycled Rudd" after he lost power in an internal leadership wrangle then regained it the same way three years later. On Monday, he succeeded in changing the ruling party's regulations to make his job safer. By Rod McGuirk. AP Photos.


YANGON, Myanmar — A small explosion went off near a firebrand monk as he was giving a sermon in Myanmar's second-largest city, wounding five people, police and witnesses say. By Aye Aye Win.


BEIJING — Chinese stocks fell but other Asian markets edged up after Japan's ruling party won a majority in parliament's upper house and a mandate to push ahead economic reforms. Oil stayed above $108 a barrel amid signs of an improving U.S. economy. By Joe McDonald. AP Photos.


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