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  • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.

    Associated Press
  • Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict. The fate of…

    Reuters
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  • Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. Adding to unease in the…

    Reuters
  • Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, sparking a Chinese charge that he was offering "a slap in the face" to US President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit. Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan's war dead, including some senior military and…

    AFP
  • Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

    By Julie Gordon KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) - Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the…

    Reuters
  • Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AP) — An international human rights group urged Thai authorities on Monday to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist.

    Associated Press
  • Much at stake in last ACL preliminaries

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With so many spots still up for grabs in the knockout rounds and so many clubs in contention, the Asian Champions League is raising its profile with an intensely tight competition.

    Associated Press
  • Indonesia says it wants to host the Asian Games

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has the will and the funds to stage the 2019 Asian Games, a government minister confirmed Sunday as regional organizers scrambled for a host to replace Vietnam.

    Associated Press
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  • Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.

    Associated Press
  • Westwood ends two-year drought in Malaysian rain

    Lee Westwood ended a two-year wait for a title with an emphatic seven-stroke victory to clinch the rain-soaked Malaysian Open in style on Sunday. A four-hour delay due to torrential rain at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club did nothing to deter the former world number one, who carded two…

    AFP
  • UAE reports 12 new cases of MERS

    Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced 12 new cases of infection by the MERS coronavirus, but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks. The World Health Organisation said Thursday that it has been informed of a total of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of…

    AFP
  • Japan minister at shrine honoring war criminals

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sunday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals, in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan's neighbors.

    Associated Press
  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

    Associated Press
  • Two expats die of MERS in Saudi commercial hub

    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Two foreigners died of MERS in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the health ministry said Saturday, as fears rise over the spreading respiratory virus in the kingdom's commercial hub. The latest deaths of a 64-year-old and 44-year-old, whose nationalities were undisclosed,…

    AFP
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  • Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

    By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable…

    Reuters
  • Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia

    President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territorial disputes…

    AFP
  • Obama-Abe summit to aid trade talks, not seal deal: U.S. official

    By Krista Hughes and Kaori Kaneko WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to Pacific trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on…

    Reuters
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

    Associated Press
  • 'Moores set for England recall'

    Peter Moores is set to be recalled as England coach five years after being dramatically axed from the job, the BBC and The Times both reported Friday. Earlier, a brief statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board said manging director Paul Downton and England captain Alastair Cook would…

    AFP
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