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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

TOP STORIES:

INDIA-DEATH SENTENCE

NEW DELHI — A Kashmiri man convicted in the 2001 attack on India's Parliament has been hanged in an Indian prison after a final mercy plea was rejected, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said. Moved. AP Photos.

CHINA-LEAN NEW YEAR

BEIJING — Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for colorful and noisy displays of fireworks and generous-portioned banquets. This year, the festivities are likely to be a little more austere. Moved. By Louise Watt. AP Photos.

US-DRONES-POLITICS

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers are considering whether Congress should set up a special court to decide when drones can kill American al-Qaida suspects overseas, much as a secret court now grants permission for surveillance. The effort, after CIA Director-designate John Brennan's vigorous defense of a drone attack that killed U.S. citizens, reflects a philosophical struggle in government over remote warfare. Moved.

PAKISTAN-CHINA

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded near a marketplace in northwestern Pakistan, killing 16 people, and suspected U.S. missiles hit a militant compound — the latest incidents of rising violence in the region, government and intelligence officials said. Moved.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA SORCERY

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said. It was the latest sorcery-related killing in this South Pacific island nation. Moved.

CHINA-TIBET-CRACKDOWN

BEIJING — A Chinese court sentenced a Tibetan man to 13 years in prison for goading a monk to self-immolate, as Beijing steps up a crackdown on self-immolations aimed at protesting communist rule. Moved. By Didi Tang.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-ECONOMY

BEIJING — China's trade picked up and inflation eased in January as a shaky economic recovery gained traction. Much of the change was due to the Lunar New Year holiday, which distorts China's economic data each year. But analysts said the figures looked promising. Moved. By Joe McDonald.

WITH: CHINA-INFLATION, CHINA-TRADE

JAPAN-EARNS-NISSAN

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. suffered a 35 percent plunge in October-December profit to 54.1 billion yen ($579 million) as global sales languished, especially in China, where anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama.

CHINA-AUTO-SALES

BEIJING — China's auto sales rose 46 percent in January to a monthly record on strong demand for SUVs in pre-Lunar New Year shopping, an industry group reported. Moved.

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