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  • Vietnam Communist Party chief prepares for maiden US visit

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will pay the first visit to the United States next week, and he expects President Barack Obama to make a maiden visit to Vietnam later this year.

    Associated Press
  • China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake

    China's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first time it had used an unmanned aircraft for such a task. China is developing an ambitious drone program for use at home, and…

    Reuters
  • Udinese presents Ali Adnan as first Iraqi player in Serie A

    UDINE, Italy (AP) — Fullback Ali Adnan Kadhim has been presented as the first Iraqi player in Serie A.

    Associated Press
  • Pakistan police arrest cleric who led mob attacking Christians

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police said on Friday they had arrested a Muslim cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Police rescued the Christians from the crowd near the eastern city of Lahore on…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: Ramadan prayers in Indian Kashmir

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir. The restive region is predominantly Muslim and claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought two wars over control of the Himalayan region…

    Associated Press
  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

    Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent offensive in Aleppo in three…

    Reuters
  • Files reveal 'plan' to move HK residents to N.Ireland

    Weighed down by the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, British officials jokily discussed the possible benefits of relocating the entire population of Hong Kong to the province, newly released documents showed Friday. Government archives reveal how a proposal by an English academic to set up…

    AFP
  • China angered by new U.S. military strategy report

    China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon's updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law. China has become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, building artificial…

    Reuters
  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    BEIJING (AP) — Top officials from the European Union probably won't attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, the organization's ambassador to Beijing said Friday, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region.

    Associated Press
  • World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent as government market stabilization measures failed to reassure panicky investors.

    Associated Press
  • Quake in rural China kills six, damages thousands of homes

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency…

    Reuters
  • Asian women's teams show up male rivals

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The contrast between the fortunes of Asia's women's soccer teams and their male equivalents could not be more striking.

    Associated Press
  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.

    Associated Press
  • '80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland

    LONDON (AP) — A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.

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  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to…

    Reuters
  • China's Evergrande Taobao team applies for stock listing

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of the country's biggest property developers, could become the first club listed in Asia after applying to the Chinese stock market.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Gay wedding in Beijing

    In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Li Tingting is lifted off the ground by her wife Teresa Xu in Beijing, where the two announced an informal marriage. The prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China.…

    Associated Press