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  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the…

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  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

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  • Image of Asia: Crossing the river after monsoon flooding

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, rescuers help residents cross a river after a foot bridge was destroyed by floods in Thulakhet, Nepal, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu. Rescuers on Friday also were searching for more victims of landslides in mountain villages hit by heavy…

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  • Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reaction Friday to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan:

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  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

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  • UK leader pledges to send help to France to control migrants

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis.

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  • China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.

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  • US spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

    The US spy agency targeted Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms for years, WikiLeaks said on Friday, in the latest revelations about Washington's snooping on allies. The intercepts exposing US National Security Agency activities follow other documents released by the…

    AFP
  • MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

    DENVER (AP) — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national teams have done their part, too.

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  • China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.

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  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

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  • Platini kicks off political fight for future of FIFA

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini hopes he made a decisive move early in the seven-month campaign to become FIFA president.

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  • Grevin's first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop

    Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of…

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  • China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides…

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  • Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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  • Fur trade a goldmine for China's Olympic bid city

    China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favourite to win the right to host the 2022…

    AFP
  • U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

    By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South…

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