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  • New Zealand Maori cancel Singapore match

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand Maori rugby team has cancelled a Nov. 15 match against the Asia-Pacific Dragons because of concern over the state of the playing surface at Singapore's national stadium.

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  • Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81

    GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.

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  • Kerry urges stepped-up Asian effort against Islamic State

    By David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Asia-Pacific leaders on Monday to do more to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State in the Middle East and choke off finance to the militants. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko…

    Reuters
  • Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots…

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  • Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

    By Fransiska Nangoy and Wilda Asmarini JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high, but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture salesman. Widodo won a narrow…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: A snowstorm survivor waits in Nepal

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, an avalanche survivor waits to receive the bodies of his colleagues outside a morgue in Katmandu, Nepal. Blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week caused at least 39 deaths, and more than 400 people who were injured or stranded have been…

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  • Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only…

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  • Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against IS group

    Jakarta (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

    AFP
  • Japan casino plan likely to be delayed again, official says

    By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Yuko Yoshikawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's plan to legalize casino gambling is likely to be delayed yet again, a senior official said, dealing a new blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a setback to operators anxious for the launch of Asia's next big gambling market. Las…

    Reuters
  • Myanmar fined over fans' pitch invasion

    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Asia's football governing body has warned Myanmar they will be ordered to play behind closed doors if they fail to rein in their fans after fining them $24,000 for a pitch invasion last week.

    AFP
  • 'Little Apple': The hit song all of China is singing

    Beijing (AFP) - Has China found its own "Gangnam Style"? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing "Little Apple" -- a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.

    AFP
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    At least 38 people were killed in a series of snowstorms and avalanches in Nepal's worst hiking disaster. Search teams in army helicopters rescued dozens of foreigners who were stranded along the popular Annapurna trekking route.

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  • Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

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  • Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

    By David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East. In a one-day stop in Jakarta,…

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  • 'Foreign forces' at work in Hong Kong protests, says leader

    Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Sunday said "foreign forces" were at work in the pro-democracy movement that has paralysed parts of the city, as demonstrators accused police of using excessive violence during ugly clashes.

    AFP
  • US, China in 'candid exchanges' ahead of Obama trip

    Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry and a top Chinese official had "candid exchanges" over several contentious issues dogging relations between Washington and Beijing, an American diplomat said.

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  • Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator

    Jakarta (AFP) - Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.

    AFP