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  • Sven lures Conca back to China in '$11m' deal

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lured Argentine star Dario Conca back to the Chinese Super League, his club Shanghai SIPG said Wednesday, on a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year. "Conca will arrive in Shanghai soon and will be formally signed after a medical," the…

    AFP
  • Kazakhstan bans rallies, fearing Ukraine-style turmoil: U.N. report

    Kazakhstan says it has clamped down on peaceful rallies out of fear of a repeat of the protests that brought chaos to Ukraine, a United Nations special rapporteur said in a critical report on the central Asian state. Kazakhstan's strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sought to play the role…

    Reuters
  • Electrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.

    Associated Press
  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime…

    Associated Press
  • Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit: Yonhap

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday, citing a Kremlin spokesman. The trip would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking power in the…

    Reuters
  • Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

    Associated Press
  • Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.

    Associated Press
  • What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

    Associated Press
  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.

    Associated Press
  • Iran insists international footballer does military service

    The Iranian army has told ill-fated international footballer Merhdad Pooladi, sent off in last week's Asia Cup quarterfinal with Iraq, that he must do his military service or be dropped from the squad. Pooladi almost missed the trip to Australia in December for the competition because he had been…

    AFP
  • Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group. …

    AFP
  • Russia's 2014 arms sales top $15 billion: Putin

    Russia sold more than $15 billion worth of arms in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, adding that new signed orders stood at nearly $14 billion. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States. Putin also said Russia exported military equipment to more than…

    Reuters
  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

    Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding…

    AFP
  • Exclusive: ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court

    By Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding in response to an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials told Reuters. The continued support…

    Reuters
  • Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: After a day's work in Cambodian rice fields

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a farmer is silhouetted as he drives his water buffalo cart loaded with rice hay after his day's work at a paddy field in Samroang Kandal village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A little over half of Cambodia's labor force is engaged in agriculture, and about…

    Associated Press
  • In South Korea, childcare burden derails women's careers

    Guilt made her stay home and give up a flourishing career as an event supervisor in Seoul. A shortage of dependable childcare is derailing the careers of hundreds of thousands of women in South Korea, where management ranks are dominated by men and a patriarchal society idealizes stay-at-home…

    Reuters