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  • Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

    By Laura Onita LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday. The majority were in Asia, where 19…

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  • Exclusive: South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North

    By Jean Yoon and Tony Munroe SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. However, Park said in an…

    Reuters
  • Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren't sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt that global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows.

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  • India and China look to put knotty relations on new footing

    By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD India (Reuters) - The electricity board in this Indian city has been instructed to avoid any power cuts and officials have been told to have their shoes polished and their shirts tucked in: Nothing has been left to chance for this week's visit by Chinese President Xi…

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  • Sri Lanka backs China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping won Sri Lanka's support Tuesday for a proposed maritime "Silk Road" linking China with Europe, and helped launch billion-dollar power plant and port city projects funded by his government.

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  • Vietnam urged to tackle 'alarming' rate of police abuse

    HANOI (Reuters) - Abuses by Vietnam's powerful police force are occurring at an alarming rate, a rights group said on Tuesday, and it urged the government to rein in offenders and create agencies to investigate complaints of beatings, torture and killings. Tracking four years of alleged abuse of…

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  • Hunger is falling, but climate and conflict threaten progress: report

    By Chris Arsenault LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land redistribution in Brazil, community gardens in Indonesia, and rising incomes across much of the developing world have helped end hunger for 100 million people in the last decade, new research shows. Globally, an estimated 209 million…

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  • Russia's Transneft says sanctions may delay oil pipelines launch

    By Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine are likely to delay the launch of new oil pipelines in Siberia, Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Tuesday, potentially derailing plans to boost oil exports to Asia in coming years. However, some industry…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: Kicking off the Asian Games

    In this photo by Rob Griffith, North Korea's Yunmi Kim attempts to kick the ball from Vietnam's goalkeeper Thi Kieu Trinh Dang during a women's soccer match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The North Korean women won silver in the 2010 games and are among the favorites for gold this…

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  • More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

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  • Indonesian lawmakers approve Southeast Asia smog-fighting pact

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian lawmakers have approved a pact for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to tackle smog pollution, becoming the grouping's final member to sign up to the regional co-operation effort. Indonesia has failed in previous attempts to stop the smog that results…

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  • Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

    PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

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  • Fighting fern with fire in Florida's Everglades National Park

    MIAMI Fla. (Reuters) - Wildlife officials are preparing to set a 10,000-acre fire on Tuesday to combat an invasive fern in Florida's Everglades National Park, hoping to burn away a vine that is blocking sunlight to native plants. The controlled burn is part of a fight against Lygodium microphyllum,…

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  • Divers sure of new finds from 'ancient computer' shipwreck

    Athens (AFP) - Archaeologists set out Monday to use a revolutionary new deep sea diving suit to explore the ancient shipwreck where one of the most remarkable scientific objects of antiquity was found.

    AFP
  • Maldives supports China's modern 'Silk Road' plan

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping began a weeklong tour of South Asia on Monday, choosing the tiny island nation of the Maldives to tout his vision for a modern maritime "Silk Road."

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  • Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.

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  • Image of Asia: Indonesian workers rally in capital

    In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, an Indonesian worker wears a mask depicting the Japanese character Doraemon during a rally against outsourcing and low wages near Indonesia's presidential palace in Jakarta on Monday. Thousands of factory workers took to the streets of the capital to take part in…

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