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  • Australia rising in Asia, on and off the field

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup final on Saturday capped a remarkable period for a nation which is only just awakening to the possibilities that membership of Asia provides — on and off the field.

    Associated Press
  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.

    Associated Press
  • Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

    CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

    Associated Press
  • Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

    Associated Press
  • Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in BA-owner IAG

    Qatar Airways on Friday snapped up almost 10 percent of IAG, parent of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, in the second European entry by a Gulf carrier. "As part of efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties... Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99 percent stake in…

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  • Thai 'confidence' in anti-trafficking record belied by statistics

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders. The U.S. State…

  • Image of Asia: Waiting for word on Japanese hostage

    In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, Japan's government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga bows toward to Japanese flag prior to a news conference about a hostage crisis involving a Japanese journalist in Syria. The fates of freelance journalist Kenji Goto and a Jordanian military pilot…

    Associated Press
  • AirAsia X sets rights issue, revamps management in turnaround bid

    By Trinna Leong and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Struggling Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X announced a $109 million equity rights issue to shore up its weak financing and reshuffled top management in a bid to turn around its fortunes. AirAsia X, an affiliate…

  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace…

    Associated Press
  • Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

    Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defence on Saturday when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final between two of the region's heavyweights. The Socceroos are desperate to win a first Asian title on home soil, but to do so they will have to find a way through…

  • U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States would welcome a Japanese extension of air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing China's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters. Regular…

  • Australia's attack faces miserly South Korea for Asian Cup

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Asian Cup final between Australia and South Korea presents the familiar conundrum of the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object.

    Associated Press
  • Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast Friday, after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent due to recall expenses.

    Associated Press
  • Asian football boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report

    Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries…

  • The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game

    Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone -- hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached. Yet gripping the German journalist's attention was not Candy Crush, but…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.

    Associated Press
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  • China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

    Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions. The measures were designed to "prevent people spreading harmful…