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  • Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

    Hong Kong pro-democracy activists heckled a top Chinese official Monday, setting the stage for disruptive protests against the mainland's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, but Beijing insisted that there would be no turning back. Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China's…

    AFP
  • Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.

    Associated Press
  • Kenyan commandos on frontline of poaching war

    With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the "war" against poaching. As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping…

    AFP
  • Japan and India vow to boost defense ties during summit

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defense ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations. Japanese Prime Minister…

    Reuters
  • Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet: sources

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said. An agreement is…

    Reuters
  • Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

    An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All are believed to have…

    AFP
  • Thailand totters towards waste crisis

    A blaze at a vast rubbish dump home to six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis. Locals had long pressed for the closure of the foul-smelling Praeksa landfill site, which is…

    AFP
  • Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.

    Associated Press
  • Iran says fresh US sanctions have deepened mistrust

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday condemned a new round of American sanctions linked to his country's nuclear activities, saying mistrust had been "further deepened" by the fresh measures. The latest sanctions -- which Washington said were levelled because of support for terrorism and as…

    AFP
  • China's Xi urges army to create strategy for information warfare

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as the country embarks on military reform, state media said on Saturday. Xi heads the Central Military Commission, which controls the…

    Reuters
  • Indian police charge ex-minister, Malaysian tycoon in telecoms scandal

    By Devidutta Tripathy MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia's Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile phone carrier eight years ago. South Indian…

    Reuters
  • What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

    NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along…

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  • US steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

    The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran's nuclear program, support of terrorism and evasion of US and international sanctions. President Barack Obama's administration emphasized that it was still pursuing a negotiated solution…

    AFP
  • U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iranian banks, firms

    By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday penalized a number of Iranian and other foreign companies, banks and airlines for violating sanctions against Tehran largely tied to its nuclear program. The Treasury Department said it was targeting individuals and companies…

    Reuters
  • US sanctions firms, individuals for aiding Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions.

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  • Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

    The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving…

    AFP
  • Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

    In this photo by Koji Sasahara, people walk across the scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Friday afternoon. The Shibuya district is popular with young people and tourists and is known for entertainment and nightlife as well as high-tech ventures.

    Associated Press