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  • Austria orders migrants from trains at Hungarian border

    Austrian security forces stopped two trains with several hundred migrants near the border with Hungary on Monday, a police spokesman said, hours after authorities in Budapest let them leave despite many not having EU visas. The trains were halted near the Hungarian border town of Hegeshalom, where…

    AFP
  • Filipino wins Magsaysay award for work to save ancient dance

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines' restive south.

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  • A look at the latest developments in Europe's migrant crisis

    Record numbers of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe this year, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and little humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Monday:

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  • Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

    TOKYO (AP) — The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

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  • Thai police hunt two bombing suspects after weekend raids

    By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. Police were looking for a…

    Reuters
  • Greek coast guard picks up nearly 2,500 migrants in 3 days

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations, part of a relentless flow of people seeking the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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  • Myanmar's president signs off on law seen as targeting Muslims

    Myanmar, which will hold its first democratic national poll in more than two decades on Nov. 8, has seen a flowering of anti-Muslim hate speech since the military gave up full power and opened up politics and the economy in 2011. President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill after it was passed by…

    Reuters
  • China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border

    China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km (127 miles) from Shenyang to the border city of…

    Reuters
  • Indonesia looks to increase emissions cut pledge ahead of Paris meet

    By Michael Taylor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser said on Monday, with a final decision likely by mid-September. Home to the world's third-largest tropical forests, and the biggest palm oil producer,…

    Reuters
  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    It was a week of market turmoil, athletic championships and an important Hindu festival.

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  • Japan eyes defense budget hike to fortify island chain facing China

    By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Defense is seeking a fourth straight annual military budget hike to help fortify the country's far-flung island chain in the East China Sea, close to ocean territory claimed by Beijing. If approved, the new defense budget would be Japan's biggest…

    Reuters
  • Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only…

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  • WEA--Global Weather-Asia-Celsius

    NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius, precipitation in centimeters and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day (Aug. 29 except Asia and Australia where data is for Aug. 30) and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 2000 GMT:

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  • Veteran Kris Tamulis nabs first LPGA Tour win

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Kris Tamulis counted down from 29 to 1 during her final-day trek at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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  • Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister

    The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday. As of August 27, the number of rhinos lost to poachers was 749 for the whole country, said Environment Minister…

    AFP
  • Merkel, facing refugee influx, presses EU peers to take more

    By Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on other European Union countries on Sunday to take a greater share of the refugees fleeing to the bloc, as her government struggles to cope with a record number of arrivals. Germany expects the number of…

    Reuters
  • Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country — ever in his life.

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  • Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

    There has been no word of his nationality, affiliation or whether the evidence seized in a shabby Bangkok apartment block amounts to a smoking gun for the attack on a crowded downtown shrine that killed 20 people two weeks ago. Police have been tight-lipped - at times cryptic - about the man they…

    Reuters