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  • Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a…

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  • 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…

  • Facebook outage brings jokes, marketing pitches to Twitter

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For many, the hour without a Facebook was a golden opportunity for a joke — or a marketing pitch — on other social media sites.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Serie A TV rights holder suggests avoiding La Liga clashes

    ROME (AP) — Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher as initial Greek jitters ease

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as markets calmed from initial jitters over Greece's election result, with Tokyo shares making a significant rebound, cheered by the cheap yen.

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  • Obama’s chewing gum habit: A diplomatic faux pas in India?

    President Obama, in India for a state visit, was chided by local press after he was spotted chewing gum during Monday’s Republic Day parade, which celebrates the day that India’s 1950 constitution went into effect. While that may or may not be true – gum sales are growing at double-digit rates in…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Thai ex-PM impeachment could appear 'politically driven': US envoy

    A top US diplomat Monday said Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment could be perceived as "politically driven" after meeting the former premier in Bangkok as the most senior Washington official to visit Thailand since the coup. On Monday US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific…

  • Ex-Thai PM's party vows calm, U.S. calls for inclusive politics

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate against a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a leading party figure said the movement could survive without the powerful family.…

  • China's shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India.

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  • Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms. Environmentalists who favor…

  • After making history, Nishikori still getting used to No. 5

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's only been a couple of months since Kei Nishikori moved into the No. 5 ranking, and he's not yet comfortable with the number.

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