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  • Majority of EU nations seek opt-out from growing GM crops

    Nineteen EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of a Monsanto genetically-modified crop, which is authorized to be grown in the European Union, the European Commission said on Sunday. Under a law signed in March, individual countries can seek…

  • Search fails to locate missing Indonesian plane for 2nd day

    MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — For a second day, searchers failed to locate a plane with 10 people on board that went missing in eastern Indonesia, officials said Sunday.

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  • Jin, 17, heads for USPGA Masters as Asia amateur cut short

    Hong Kong (AFP) - Third-round leader Jin Cheng won a place at the US Masters after a passing typhoon caused the cancellation of the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong on Sunday.

  • Jin Cheng wins weather-shortened Asia-Pacific Amateur

    HONG KONG (AP) — Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.

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  • Busan marks 20th anniversary with 100 best Asian film list

    A new list of the best Asian films of all time was published this week, as the region's increasingly vibrant cinema scene celebrated another bonanza in Busan. The 20th anniversary of the Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea, marked its milestone with a poll of noted Asian filmmakers…

  • China win Asia Basketball title, qualify for Olympics

    Hong Kong (AFP) - China's men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late on Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.

  • Weather hinders search for missing small Indonesian plane

    MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Rugged terrain and bad weather have hampered the search Saturday for a small passenger plane that went missing with 10 people on board in eastern Indonesia, officials said. The search was halted at dusk and would resume Sunday.

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  • Conservationists rally in South Africa, other countries

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A vehicle carrying a rhino sculpture led anti-poaching marchers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Kenya's environment minister joined conservationists at a similar rally in Nairobi, the capital. In London, activists in elephant costumes demanded an end to the ivory trade.

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  • Yemen's prime minister visits Bab al-Mandab strait

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's prime minister visited an area leading to the Bab al-Mandab strait, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, after anti-rebel forces pushed Shiite rebels out of the immediate area, government spokesman Rajeh Badi said Saturday.

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  • Jin leads by 1 into final round of Asia-Pacific Amateur

    HONG KONG (AP) — Jin Cheng of China pitched to a half-foot on the par-5 18th and made birdie for a 1-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over two Australians after three rounds of the typhoon-threatened Asia-Pacific Amateur on Saturday.

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  • Indonesia search underway for plane missing with 10 aboard

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An air and ground search was underway Saturday for a small passenger plane that went missing with 10 people on board during a domestic flight in eastern Indonesia.

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  • Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay…

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  • Stock market shakes off an early stumble, ends higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. The stock market, after slumping in early trading, finished the day with a solid gain.

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  • Presidents Cup, US capsules

    A capsule look at the American team for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. Listed in the order they made the team:

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  • Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:

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  • Thongchai takes a path like no other to Presidents Cup

    One stick took away the dreams of Thongchai Jaidee. Another stick allowed him to go places he never imagined.

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  • AP Exclusive: Afghan Taliban leader claims 'victory' in city

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The new leader of the Afghan Taliban boasted in a phone call with The Associated Press on Friday that the group's three-day occupation of the northern city of Kunduz was a "symbolic victory" demonstrating the insurgents' strength, even as his fighters were fleeing under…

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