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  • Myanmar coffee scene fuelled by middle class caffeine high

    Behind a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones. Long absent from the region's booming cafe culture, Myanmar's commercial capital…

    AFP57 mins ago
  • 'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

    Nepal's success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Kathmandu on Monday. Experts from conservation group WWF, which is co-hosting the conference with…

    AFP
  • Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing bets on Europe as China slows

    Famed for his sharp business acumen and knack for perfectly timed investments, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is shifting away from a slowing Chinese economy and bargain hunting in Europe. Li's holdings are embodied in a striking 63-storey glass skyscraper in the heart of Hong Kong and his…

    AFP
  • 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
  • Conca signs with Shanghai SIPG in '$11m deal'

    Argentine star Dario Conca has signed with Shanghai SIPG, the Chinese Super League club said Saturday, in a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year. Shanghai SIPG did not mention the contract length or salary, but a report earlier this week on the Sina Sports news portal said it was…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP