The following news stories from the Asia-Pacific region are being pursued by The Associated Press. Please see the Asian News Digest at 0700 GMT and the Asian News Digest Update at 1200 GMT.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan _ A suicide bomber kills 23 people, many of them believed to be militants, in an attack on the headquarters of a rival insurgent group in northwest Pakistan, a government official says. Moved. By Riaz Khan. AP Photo.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan _ Pakistan's ruling party makes gains in the country's upper house of parliament in legislative elections, a boost for beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari in his long-running conflict with the country's top court and its military. Moved. By Munir Ahmed.
KABUL, Afghanistan _ A council of Afghanistan's top religious leaders calls on the U.S. to end night searches and hand over its prisons, saying that if Afghans had been in charge, Muslim holy books from a detention center library would never have been burned at an American base. Moved.
PYONGYANG, North Korea _ A nuclear deal with the United States may have raised hopes that tensions on the Korean peninsula could ease soon, but rare interviews by The Associated Press with Pyongyang residents suggest deep cynicism of U.S. intentions. Moved. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON _ The United States and North Korea will meet in Beijing next week to finalize arrangements of the first U.S. government food aid shipment to the impoverished country in three years, the State Department says. Moved. By Matthew Pennington.
TATOPANI, Nepal _ Before Apa became a legendary mountaineer, he was a humble potato farmer who worked his fields in the Everest foothills until raging floodwaters swallowed his farm. Today, his quest is to warn Nepalese villagers that melting glaciers are making flash floods more likely. Moved. By Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle. AP Photos.
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