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  • Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by…

    Reuters
  • Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

    By John Ruwitch TANMEN China (Reuters) - On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into…

    Reuters
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  • Spending scandal besetting Aquino could hurt Philippines' economy

    By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The biggest political crisis that Philippine President Benigno Aquino has faced in four years in power could damage his image as a crusader against corruption and undermine his ability to deliver on reforms to sustain strong economic growth. The…

    Reuters
  • Philippines welcomes its 100 millionth citizen

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials welcomed the birth Sunday of their country's 100 millionth citizen with a cake, hope and concerns about how their poor Southeast Asian nation can help ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

    Associated Press
  • Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour. Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks…

    AFP
  • Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

    Associated Press
  • China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

    More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad. An investigation by the provincial government identified 2,190 "naked officials" and 866 of them…

    Reuters
  • FIBA to review 'discriminatory' ban on headgear

    Facing claims that Muslim and Sikh players are being discriminated against, basketball's governing body will review its ban which prevents players wearing headgear for religious reasons.

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  • Georgia says seized heroin belongs to Taliban

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's interior minister said on Friday that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country's biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe. Ex-Soviet Georgia is on a drug trafficking route between Asia and…

    Reuters
  • World stocks fall on US earnings, Russia sanctions

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets turned lower on Friday after weak earnings from Visa and Amazon and as European countries planned a range of sanctions against some Russian businesses.

    Associated Press
  • Indonesia's Prabowo challenges election result at Constitutional Court

    Indonesia's losing candidate in this month's presidential election challenged the official result in the Constitutional Court on Friday. Ex-general Prabowo Subianto filed the challenge after the Elections Commission this week announced Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the next president of Southeast Asia's…

    Reuters
  • Azerbaijan set to host F1 race in Baku in 2016

    Azerbaijan is set to host a Formula One race in 2016.

    Associated Press
  • Iraqi Kurdish oil nears US port despite concern in Washington

    By David Sheppard, Ahmed Rasheed and Timothy Gardner LONDON/BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship tracking satellites, despite Washington's long-standing concern over independent oil…

    Reuters
  • Losing Indonesia presidential candidate files suit

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's losing presidential candidate filed complaints to the Constitutional Court on Friday, alleging that widespread irregularities at the polls damaged his chances of victory in the country that is Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials saidd.

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  • Official at center of Chinese oil purge was a politic businessman

    By Charlie Zhu and David Lague HONG KONG (Reuters) - Throughout his career at China's biggest oil producer, Jiang Jiemin was careful to put politics before business, say colleagues who worked closely with the purged executive. In strongly supporting government energy strategy, often at the…

    Reuters
  • US weighs refugee status for Central American kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

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  • HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms

    HONG KONG (AP) — As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst.

    Associated Press
  • EU sanctions on Russian banks would hit economy, business

    By Megan Davies MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state-controlled banks would have to turn to the state, domestic borrowers or new regions such as Asia if EU sanctions shut off investment, hurting their ability to lend to local businesses and further damaging the country's fragile economy. Under…

    Reuters
  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan

    By Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday. Ambassadors of the…

    Reuters
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