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  • US admiral urges China on South China Sea disputes

    HONOLULU (AP) — China should act like a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea without coercion instead of raising tensions, the head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Thursday.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Asia stocks drift, Tokyo steadies after weak data

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted Friday following Japanese data showing that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike. European shares were marginally higher even as a report said eurozone inflation slipped.

    Associated Press
  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.

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  • Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name…

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  • Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

    Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. US President Barack Obama led a chorus of growing international condemnation over…

    AFP
  • U.S., China plan followup to Sunnylands summit in November

    President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, at odds over China's increasing assertiveness in Asia and issues such as cyberspying, plan a followup to their informal summit in California last year after November's APEC summit in Beijing. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation…

    Reuters
  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

    AFP
  • Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base

    By Greg Torode and Megha Rajagopalan HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - One Chinese naval officer has advice for fighter pilots intercepting U.S. The comments by Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong from the National Defense University in Beijing, reported in state media this week, reflect what Chinese…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says the girl and two boys are healthy and have grown to about a kilogram in weight since their birth July 29. The cubs were…

    Associated Press
  • Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, vowed Thursday to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

    Associated Press
  • PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise

    BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, said Thursday its first-half profit rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased.

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  • China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have…

    Reuters
  • Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

    Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years. The three are suspected of having contracted the disease when they were bitten by mosquitos in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, officials said. …

    AFP
  • Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power with ascent to presidency

    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule. In a final…

    Reuters
  • FTSE slips 0.09% at open

    London (AFP) - London's leading share index slipped at the start of trading on Thursday following losses in Asian markets and after closing up the previous day.

    AFP
  • Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

    Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the…

    AFP
  • Uighur entrepreneur confronts prejudice in China

    Ambitious and apolitical, self-described "good Uighur" entrepreneur Abdulhabir Muhammad initially conceals his proud ethnic identity from his Chinese clients. "After I solve everything I will tell them, 'Hey, I'm a Uighur, I'm from Xinjiang,'" he says, revelling in their astonishment even while…

    AFP