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  • Australia's Murdaca leads Asia-Pacific by 9 shots

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Antonio Murdaca shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to open a commanding 8-shot lead heading into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.

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  • China to shut factories during APEC to curb Beijing pollution: Xinhua

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing next month, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Friday. It is the strongest measure yet to curb pollution for the…

    Reuters
  • Vietnam arrests tycoon for lending fraud

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent businessman and one of the country's richest men on suspicion of lending fraud, as authorities step up their crackdown on financial crimes in a bid to clean up the debt-ridden banking sector.

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  • Myanmar army kills journalist it calls Karen rebel

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the army and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape, the press council said Friday.

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  • US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year, an official said Friday.

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  • Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.

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  • Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

    By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. Japan's military has defined its…

    Reuters
  • Aussie Murdaca leads Asia-Pacific amateur

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Antonio Murdaca of Australia shot a 4-under 68 to lead the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship after two rounds by a shot from compatriot and overnight leader Todd Sinnott on Friday.

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  • Japan favored in Super Rugby expansion in 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016.

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  • China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim. State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the…

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  • Old guard v new; Al Hilal v Wanderers in ACL final

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Asian Champions League has thrown up a final featuring the old guard against the new.

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  • Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week: source

    By Yuko Yoshikawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of Japan and China in November. Expectations have…

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  • Wanderers in fairytale run to AFC Champions League final

    This year's AFC Champions League final has set up a contest between the competition's newest team and the continent's most decorated side for the title of Asia's best football club. Formed just two years ago, Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers are just a step away from lifting the continental…

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  • South Korea economic growth weakest in 5 quarters

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's economic growth slowed to 3.2 percent in the third quarter, the lowest in five quarters, as weakness in exports and spending by companies offset the boost from government stimulus.

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  • Tesco chairman resigns as profits error deepens

    London (AFP) - The chairman of Britain's biggest retailer Tesco resigned on Thursday as the troubled supermarket group said a huge accounting error began earlier than thought and contributed to plunging profits.

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  • AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea

    LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) — The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.

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  • Image of Asia: Climbing for democracy in Hong Kong

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, a hiker looks at the yellow banner reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" in Chinese and "Umbrella Movement" in English hanging from the face of Lion Rock mountain in Hong Kong. Democracy activists hung the banner on the mountain in support of the protest movement…

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