TOKYO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. Three former students at St. Mary's International School in Tokyo told The Associated Press they were sexually abused by brothers there. One described "health checkups" in which a brother touched boys' testicles. Another says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers at age 11. That former student received an in-person apology from one of the men, Brother Lawrence Lambert, in 2014.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Interior Ministry says the death toll from Tuesday's Taliban attack in Kabul has risen sharply overnight to 64. The previous official death toll on Tuesday had been 28. The attackers targeted an agency that provides protection for high-ranking government officials, similar to the U.S. Secret Service. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck outside the compound, and a pair of gunmen entered the compound in the aftermath before being killed in a battle with military forces. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
TOKYO (AP) — The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels. A draft summary of a report by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean seen by The Associated Press shows the current population of bluefin tuna is estimated at 2.6 percent of its "unfished" size. A previous assessment put the population at an already dire 4.2 percent. Overfishing has continued despite calls to reduce catches to allow the species to recover.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A police official says gunmen in two separate attacks have shot and killed seven police officers during a polio campaign in the port city of Karachi. Local police official Mohammad Ijaz says no polio worker was harmed in Wednesday's two attacks in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province. Provincial Home Minister Suhail Anwar told the Pakistani Geo news network that the seven police officers were killed minutes apart in the city. He says the attackers targeted police who had been deployed in the city in connection with the polio campaign, which was launched to vaccinate children. Pakistan is one of the countries in the world where polio, which can cause paralysis and death, remains endemic.
BEIRUT (AP) — The lawyer for an Australian TV crew detained in Lebanon on suspicion of the attempted abduction of two children embroiled in a Lebanese-Australian custody battle says he expects his clients to be released. After deliberations with the judge Wednesday, lawyer Kamal Abu Zahr smiled at reporters inside the courtroom. "Good," he said, adding that he expects his clients to be released a day later. Details of the deliberations were not clear. Earlier, the lawyer of the Lebanese father said he expects a deal to be reached only with the mother Sally Faulkner. Faulkner has been jailed with prominent Australian TV journalist Tara Brown and three-person camera crew on charges relating to the botched abduction.
TOKYO (AP) — Searchers found a man's body Wednesday in a landslide-hit area in southern Japan, bringing the death toll to 48 from two powerful earthquakes last week. Three people remain missing. Kumamoto prefecture said another 11 people have died from illnesses believed to be related to the physical stress of evacuation. More than 100,000 people are homeless or have fled their homes as aftershocks continue to shake the area. Many are living in cramped conditions in shelters or even their cars, with limited food and water. A magnitude-6.5 earthquake on Thursday night followed by a 7.3 quake early Saturday morning caused widespread damage in parts of Kumamoto city and surrounding communities on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands.
BANGKOK (AP) — Want to live in Thailand? No problem, say Thai authorities. Just be prepared to reveal your social media habits, bank account information and the restaurants and night clubs where you hang out. Thai authorities are now asking expatriates to fill out an elaborate form that asks a variety of personal information in the name of national security and crime prevention. Providing the information is not mandatory, said police Maj. Gen. Chatchawan Wachirapaneekhun, the deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau's crime suppression unit. However, there is nothing on the form to indicate that answering the questions is optional. "If you're not intending to commit crimes, these questions should not be a problem," said Chatchawan, who drew up the form.
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The 14-year-old boy in the black school jacket stared at his sneakers, his heart pounding, as the policeman accused him of stealing a piece of bread. Even now, more than 30 years later, Choi Seung-woo weeps when he describes all that happened next. The policeman yanked down the boy's pants and sparked a cigarette lighter near Choi's genitals until he confessed to a crime he didn't commit. Then two men with clubs came and dragged Choi off to the Brothers Home, a mountainside institution where some of the worst human rights atrocities in modern South Korean history took place.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Representatives of women's groups filed a complaint Wednesday at the Commission on Human Rights against the front-runner in the Philippine presidential race for his remark about wanting to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners during a hostage-taking in 1989. The complainants said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte violated a law protecting women's rights through a string of actions, including his rape comment. Duterte has topped recent voter surveys for the May 9 presidential election. At a campaign stop last week, Duterte said Australian Jacqueline Hamill, who was gang raped and killed during a 1989 prison siege, was so beautiful that he "should have been the first" to assault her.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Weeks of sweltering temperatures have caused more than 160 deaths in southern and eastern India, officials said Tuesday, warning that any relief from monsoon rains was still likely weeks away. Most of the heat-wave victims were laborers and farmers in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, though temperatures elsewhere in India have also hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). Schools were closed last week in Orissa until at least April 26. Officials in Andhra Pradesh were giving out free water and buttermilk to help people stay hydrated. And everywhere, people have been urged to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.