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  • US weighs refugee status for Central American kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

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  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

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  • EU sanctions on Russian banks would hit economy, business

    By Megan Davies MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state-controlled banks would have to turn to the state, domestic borrowers or new regions such as Asia if EU sanctions shut off investment, hurting their ability to lend to local businesses and further damaging the country's fragile economy. Under…

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  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan

    By Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday. Ambassadors of the…

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  • Official at center of Chinese oil purge was a politic businessman

    By Charlie Zhu and David Lague HONG KONG (Reuters) - Throughout his career at China's biggest oil producer, Jiang Jiemin was careful to put politics before business, say colleagues who worked closely with the purged executive. In strongly supporting government energy strategy, often at the…

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  • Iraqi Kurdish oil nears US port despite concern in Washington

    By David Sheppard, Ahmed Rasheed and Timothy Gardner LONDON/BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship tracking satellites, despite Washington's long-standing concern over independent oil…

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  • Myanmar Muslims in remote Rakhine suffer worsening health crisis

    By Paul Mooney and Thin Lei Win INN DIN Myanmar (Reuters) - Visitors to the medical facility in one of Myanmar's poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: "Clinic closed until further notice." A vehicle that used to ferry around doctors and patients…

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  • Russia concerned by U.S. proposal for missile shield in South Korea

    Russia voiced concern on Thursday over a U.S. proposal to station elements of a missile defense shield in South Korea, saying the move could provoke an arms race in the region. The commander of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea last month said he had proposed deploying a THAAD advanced…

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  • LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit Thursday and gave an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ended a streak of losses.

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  • India angered by basketball's no turban rule

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's sports minister has criticized the 'no-headgear' rule of basketball's world body FIBA after two Sikh players on the national team were told to remove their turbans during the recent Asia Cup in China.

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  • Indonesia's Prabowo faces uncertain fate in opposition

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Jonathan Thatcher JAKARTA (Reuters) - After spending a decade, and a chunk of the family fortune, in trying to become Indonesia's president, an outraged Prabowo Subianto watched as leadership of the world's third-largest democracy slipped through his fingers this week. …

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  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government announced a $40 billion stimulus plan Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.

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  • World shares subdued amid Russia sanctions report

    TOKYO (AP) — World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.

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  • Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start war games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening…

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  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia.

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  • HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms

    HONG KONG (AP) — As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst.

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  • Thailand urges Israel to relocate workers

    Thailand on Thursday urged Israel to relocate 4,000 Thai nationals working near the battle-scarred Gaza strip after one of its citizens was killed. Israeli police said a farm labourer, Narakorn Kittiyongkul, died on Wednesday when a projectile fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was…

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  • Australian injecting room upholds fight against AIDS epidemic

    Nestled among the bars and strip clubs of Sydney's Kings Cross is a service which not only saves lives, but continues the pragmatic approach which prevented a HIV epidemic among drug-users in Australia. Behind a nondescript shopfront is the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre -- the only…

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  • UN humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.N.'s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters.

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  • UN aid chief says Gaza ceasefire is vital

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.N.'s humanitarian chief said Thursday that a ceasefire to stop the violence in Gaza is vital because of the deteriorating situation.

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