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  • Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

    Italy and the Netherlands agreed Tuesday to split their term on the UN Security Council after a tie in voting forced them to reach a compromise. In the vote for five non-permanent seats, Kazakstan was elected for the first time, joining Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden which won spots during the…

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  • London Mayor Khan demands more autonomy after Brexit vote

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - London should swiftly be granted more autonomy to help it ride out the economic uncertainty unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Tuesday. While the United Kingdom voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the bloc, London…

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  • Southeast Asian fires emitted most carbon since 1997: scientists

    By Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forest fires that blanketed Southeast Asia in thick haze last year released the greatest amount of climate-changing carbon since record blazes in 1997, producing emissions higher than in the whole of the European Union, scientists said on…

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  • Air France to carry Paris 2024 bid logo on 10,000 flights

    PARIS (AP) — Airliner Air France will pledge its support for the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games by displaying the bid logo on 10,000 flights before next year's decision.

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  • Image of Asia: A splash of monsoon rain in Mumbai

    In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, a schoolgirl reacts to rainwater being splashed on her in a flooded street in Mumbai, India. Monsoon rains have picked up pace in the city after a slow start, bringing welcome relief after a long drought. The monsoon season runs from June to September and the next…

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  • Empty houses and jobless maids: Indonesia's expat exodus gathers pace

    By Eveline Danubrata and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Foreign workers are leaving Indonesia at an increasing rate due to the slump in commodity prices that has forced resource companies to slash jobs at a time when the government has also introduced tighter regulations on expatriates in…

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  • South Korea cuts outlook, plans stimulus package

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government lowered growth outlook for Asia's fourth-largest economy and planned a supplementary budget for a second year in a row as the global economy faces heightened uncertainty.

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  • The Latest: Oakland council bans coal shipments

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plan to ship coal through Oakland (all times local):

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  • South Korea cuts growth outlook, plans stimulus package

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government lowered growth outlook for Asia's fourth-largest economy and planned a supplementary budget for a second year in a row as the global economy faces heightened uncertainty.

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  • UN report: Tackle inequality to prevent children from dying

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children's agency warned Monday that 69 million youngsters under the age of five will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 if all countries don't accelerate action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged.

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  • Report links 6.5 million deaths worldwide to air pollution

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency warned Monday.

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  • Image of Asia: Praying at Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir

    In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, Muslims pray early in the morning in observance of the Martyr Day of Hazrat Ali, cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The festival coincides with the 21st day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy…

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  • Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

    DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

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  • Hong Kong timetables total ban on ivory trading for first time

    Hong Kong has called for an end to local ivory trading within five years, a move activists hailed as significant given the financial hub's reputation as a wildlife trafficking blackspot, while calling for this ban to be speeded up. The former British colony acts an important transit and…

    Reuters
  • Air pollution to kill millions more without energy policy change: IEA

    By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

    Patterns of people — performing yoga, bowing in prayer, standing at attention — grabbed the attention of AP photographers around Asia last week.

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  • Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made the inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation's multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping.

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  • Air pollution to kill millions more without change of energy policy: IEA

    By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air…

    Reuters
  • British EU vote causes alarm abroad as ripples spread

    By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving EU and world officials confused about what to do next. British Finance Minister George Osborne, who had warned…

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  • Foreign investors eye UK property after Brexit fallout

    With property prices in Britain predicted to plummet post-Brexit, foreign investors, especially in Asia, are already poised for a buying spree. It is an ironic twist to the shock referendum result -- many who opted to leave the European Union saw their vote as a deterrent to outsiders looking to…

    AFP