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  • Sparkling 60 lifts Kang to share of Pebble Beach lead

    South Korea's Kang Sung fired a scintillating 60 to seize a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday, never realizing how close he was to golf's magic number of 59. Kang had nine birdies and an eagle in his 11-under effort on the Monterey Peninsula course, one of three…

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  • US, European stocks rebound to end brutal week

    US and European stocks rallied strongly Friday, ending a painful week on a positive note following solid US and German economic data and a surge in oil prices. London jumped 3.1 percent and Frankfurt and Paris gained 2.5 percent, brushing off another slump in Asia.

    AFP
  • South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run…

    Reuters
  • How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished…

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Commemorating Union Day in Myanmar

    In this photo by Aung Shine Oo, an ethnic Shan woman takes a selfie during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Union Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Union Day marks the anniversary of a 1947 agreement among the country's ethnic groups that paved the way to independence from Britain. The military…

    Associated Press
  • Congress bans import of forced labor products

    A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep…

    Associated Press
  • Beijing offers support for Hong Kong after New Year violence

    China's central government firmly supports Hong Kong authorities and police in safeguarding public order and punishing those who break the law, the foreign ministry has said in Beijing's first reaction to a riot in Hong Kong earlier this week. Protesters hurled bricks at police and set fire to…

    Reuters
  • US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.

    Associated Press
  • FIFA candidates head to Miami to meet CONCACAF in crisis

    The five FIFA presidential candidates meet in Miami on Friday with the election's most inscrutable voters who are deep in their own leadership race amid a financial crisis.

    Associated Press
  • No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.

    There are currently no plans for joint naval patrols by the United States and India, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that the United States and India had held talks about conducting joint naval patrols, quoting a U.S. defense official saying they could…

    Reuters
  • US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM's visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power.

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  • Uzbek rights group says U.S. move endangers labor activists

    The United States is giving Uzbekistan an excuse to crack down on activists who expose forced labor in the cotton industry by praising Tashkent for what it calls progress in this area, a local rights group said on Thursday. In an attempt to improve its ties with Tashkent, the U.S. State Department…

    Reuters
  • DR Congo announces ivory trafficking arrests

    Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said Thursday they had made three arrests as Kinshasa seeks to dismantle a major ivory trafficking syndicate. "We have netted three big fish... organisers," Cosma Wilungula, director of the Congolese Conservation and Nature Institute (ICCN)…

    AFP
  • Image of Asia: Prayer flags raised in Dharmsala

    In this photo by Ashwini Bhatia, an exile Tibetan holds prayer flags called "lungta," or wind horse, to be tied on tall posts on the third day of the Tibetan New Year, in Dharmsala, India. Tibetans believe the Buddhist prayers printed on the flags are spread on the wind. The flags' colors represent…

    Associated Press
  • Ex-army chief's appointment as Sri Lanka lawmaker criticized

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group said Thursday that the Sri Lankan government's decision to appoint the civil war-winning general to Parliament contradicts its pledges to investigate alleged abuses under his command.

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  • Dozens face riot charges over Hong Kong Lunar New Year violence

    By Clare Baldwin and Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of people in Hong Kong were charged on Thursday with taking part in a riot after a dispute between vendors and police on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday blew up into city's worst violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014. …

    Reuters
  • Thai Mad Men tugging on heartstrings with 'sadverts'

    Feverishly jotting down ideas in a funky glass-panelled conference room, Thailand's "Mad Men" are doing what they do best -- creating tearjerker adverts that leave viewers scrambling for the tissue box. An annual nostalgia-tinged Christmas commercial from retailer John Lewis has become a festive…

    AFP
  • Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations'

    HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

    Associated Press
  • Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia

    By Jarni Blakkarly SYDNEY (Reuters) - Funding and job cuts at Australia's climate change research body could undermine the country's goal of dominating the Asian premium food market by placing farmers at a disadvantage to U.S. and European competitors. Australia's extreme weather means farmers…

    Reuters