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  • Obama: World needs 'prosperous and self-reliant Africa'

    US President Barack Obama kicked up a major outreach to Africa on Monday by urging youth leaders to build a "prosperous and self-reliant" future for the continent built on civil rights and the rule of law. Speaking a week before almost all of Africa's leaders descend on Washington for a summit,…

    AFP
  • Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

    Washington (AFP) - Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.

    AFP
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  • Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year.

    Associated Press
  • Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry operations

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

    Associated Press
  • Europe stocks struggle, Asia rises on China data

    BEIJING (AP) — European stock markets struggled on Monday and Wall Street was expected to dip on the open amid ongoing concerns about earnings and the economic impact of sanctions on Russia. Asian indexes closed higher, however, after China reported strong corporate profits.

    Associated Press
  • Aqunio urges support as scandal threatens to hurt Philippine economy

    By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on the nation on Monday to support his reforms as he faced the biggest political crisis in his four years in power, a spending scandal that could damage his anti-graft image and undermine reforms. The…

    Reuters
  • China profits boost Asia stocks, Europe unenthused

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits. Benchmarks in Paris and London also rose but many other European markets drifted lower.

    Associated Press
  • Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by…

    Reuters
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  • Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

    By John Ruwitch TANMEN China (Reuters) - On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into…

    Reuters
  • Spending scandal besetting Aquino could hurt Philippines' economy

    By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The biggest political crisis that Philippine President Benigno Aquino has faced in four years in power could damage his image as a crusader against corruption and undermine his ability to deliver on reforms to sustain strong economic growth. The…

    Reuters
  • Philippines welcomes its 100 millionth citizen

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials welcomed the birth Sunday of their country's 100 millionth citizen with a cake, hope and concerns about how their poor Southeast Asian nation can help ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

    Associated Press
  • Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour. Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks…

    AFP
  • Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.

    Associated Press
  • China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts

    More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad. An investigation by the provincial government identified 2,190 "naked officials" and 866 of them…

    Reuters
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  • FIBA to review 'discriminatory' ban on headgear

    Facing claims that Muslim and Sikh players are being discriminated against, basketball's governing body will review its ban which prevents players wearing headgear for religious reasons.

    Associated Press
  • Georgia says seized heroin belongs to Taliban

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's interior minister said on Friday that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country's biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe. Ex-Soviet Georgia is on a drug trafficking route between Asia and…

    Reuters
  • World stocks fall on US earnings, Russia sanctions

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets turned lower on Friday after weak earnings from Visa and Amazon and as European countries planned a range of sanctions against some Russian businesses.

    Associated Press
  • Indonesia's Prabowo challenges election result at Constitutional Court

    Indonesia's losing candidate in this month's presidential election challenged the official result in the Constitutional Court on Friday. Ex-general Prabowo Subianto filed the challenge after the Elections Commission this week announced Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the next president of Southeast Asia's…

    Reuters
  • Azerbaijan set to host F1 race in Baku in 2016

    Azerbaijan is set to host a Formula One race in 2016.

    Associated Press
  • Iraqi Kurdish oil nears US port despite concern in Washington

    By David Sheppard, Ahmed Rasheed and Timothy Gardner LONDON/BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship tracking satellites, despite Washington's long-standing concern over independent oil…

    Reuters
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