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  • Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup. Prayuth, a former army chief who led the coup, said Thais should…

    Reuters
  • Mexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoise

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

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  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

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  • Incense trees flourish again in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (AP) — On land deep in Hong Kong's lush green northern suburbs near the border with mainland China, farmer Koon-wing Chan is working to keep a legendary scent alive in the city known as the Fragrant Harbor.

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  • South Korean power supplies to be stable even if reactors close: officials

    By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea expects power supplies in the peak winter season to remain stable even if some of its 23 nuclear reactors are shut following threats by a hacker, the energy ministry and Korea Power Exchange officials said on Wednesday. The country's nuclear operator,…

    Reuters
  • Marathon bombing suspect wants trial delayed

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon suspect, are again asking a federal judge to delay his trial until September.

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  • London shares advance in subdued Christmas trade

    London (AFP) - London shares ended higher on Tuesday in thin holiday trade as dealers ignored sharp falls in Asia to focus on stellar US growth figures.

    AFP
  • Image of Asia: Cooking festive meal in Philippines

    In this photo by Aaron Favila, Filipino workers cook pigs at a roasting pit in suburban Quezon City outside Manila on Tuesday. Roasted pig is popular during celebrations in the Philippines and is traditionally served during a Christmas Eve dinner called "Noche Buena" in the predominantly Roman…

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  • Tanzania arrests Kenyan suspected of big-scale ivory smuggling

    DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has arrested a Kenyan businessman suspected of trafficking ivory and other big-game trophies, the police said on Tuesday. Feisal Mohamed Ali, 47, was arrested in Dar es Salaam on Monday on a warrant issued by Interpol which is trying to track down armed gangs that…

    Reuters
  • Former Chinese aluminum boss facing graft charges

    BEIJING (AP) — The former boss of China's biggest aluminum producer has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party on corruption charges, the party announced Tuesday, as an anti-graft campaign that has brought down oil executives spreads to other state-owned resource industries.

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  • Tibetan woman burns herself to death in China: reports

    A Tibetan woman died on Tuesday after setting herself on fire in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region, rights groups and media said. Tsepe Kyi set herself alight in the centre of a town in Aba county, known in Tibetan as Ngaba county, in southwest Sichuan province, Free Tibet and…

    AFP
  • UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against…

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  • From Baltic to Asia, East-West aerial confrontations heat up

    By Peter Apps NEW YORK (Reuters) - From the skies of the Baltic to the South China Sea, a new era of confrontation with Russia and China is pitting U.S. and allied pilots against their counterparts on a scale not seen since the Cold War era. It is, current and former officials say, a major shift…

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  • Senior Chinese leader to visit Vietnam amid sea tension

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese leader will visit Vietnam this month, China's state media said on Monday, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory body to China's parliament but is ranked fourth in…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    The image of a woman escaping from a Sydney cafe where a gunman had taken 18 people hostage captured the terrifying drama that shook Australia last week. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed along with the gunman, an Iranian-born,…

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  • N. Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling.

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  • London FTSE climbs as oil prices rise further

    London (AFP) - London shares climbed at the start of trading on Monday at the start of a holiday-shortened week as oil prices continued to rise, analysts said.

    AFP