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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike. In Japan, consumer prices posted their biggest annual drop in three years in July due to weak consumption, increasing pressures on the central bank to further boost its economic stimulus program.
The son of a Russian lawmaker has been convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars. ...
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 267 as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths -- 193 at the latest count -- were in the small town of Amatrice, where Rita Rosine, 63, wept as she mourned her 75-year-old sister, who was buried under the ruins of her house.