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  • With big projects, Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look.

    Associated Press
  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies,…

    Associated Press
  • Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

    Associated Press
  • Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt on German, Italian GPs

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The German Grand Prix could remain off the sport's calendar after this year's cancellation, and the iconic Italian GP may be next to go, Formula One commercial head Bernie Ecclestone said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Indian companies scramble to find women directors

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Waiting to pay respects to Singapore's Lee

    In this photo by Wong Maye-E, tents in a grassy area in front of the Singapore skyline provide shade for people standing in line to pay their respects for the city-state's late founder Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House, where his body is lying in state. Some 230,000 people have viewed Lee's coffin,…

    Associated Press
  • Chevron sells stake Australian refiner as energy prices fall

    Chevron plans to sell its 50 percent stake in the Australian oil refiner Caltex Australia Ltd. as energy prices continue to slide.

    Associated Press
  • Beijing assures Olympic security as 2022 bid inspections end

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials said Friday they can provide a secure environment for a Winter Olympics in Beijing, as IOC evaluators wrapped up their five-day inspection tour of the city's 2022 bid.

    Associated Press
  • Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the center of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal. Turkey and China both claim…

    Reuters
  • Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny.

    Associated Press
  • Yemen weighs on Asian shares, Japan gains on stimulus hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lackluster Friday as investors monitored violence in the Middle East but Japan's market rose after weak economic data boosted hopes for more central bank stimulus.

    Associated Press
  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to…

    Reuters
  • Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

    By Khaled Abdallah and Sami Aboudi SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and…

    Reuters
  • U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

    Reuters
  • Maldives jails ex-defense minister for 11 years

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in Maldives on Thursday sentenced a former defense minister to 11 years in prison for importing and possessing a firearm.

    Associated Press
  • Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia. Oil prices rose as much as…

    Reuters