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  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    GENEVA (AP) — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win.

    Associated Press
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  • Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.

    Associated Press
  • H5N1 bird flu spreads to 11 states in Nigeria: govt

    Nigeria on Thursday confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread from seven to 11 states within a week, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of poultry but no human cases. Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina told an emergency meeting on the outbreak that "as of yesterday…

    AFP
  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

    Associated Press
  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Solemn ceremony for 42 slain Filipino police

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, members of the Philippine elite police force carry the remains of 42 colleagues who were slain by Muslim insurgents during an anti-terrorist operation in the country's south. The casualties were not only the biggest single-day losses in recent history for Philippine…

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  • About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boats sinks

    About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said. More than 70 people were heading out to sea near Kutubdia island, 415 km (260 miles) southeast of Dhaka, when their wooden boat sank, police said. Police…

    Reuters
  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

    Associated Press
  • Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed the killing of 44 police commandos in what authorities said was an accidental…

    Associated Press
  • Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested…

    Reuters
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  • Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The…

    Reuters
  • US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

    Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party. "There is no doubt that we are very concerned about the freedom of…

    AFP
  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

    Associated Press
  • Electrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.

    Associated Press
  • Sven lures Conca back to China in '$11m' deal

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lured Argentine star Dario Conca back to the Chinese Super League, his club Shanghai SIPG said Wednesday, on a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year. "Conca will arrive in Shanghai soon and will be formally signed after a medical," the…

    AFP
  • Kazakhstan bans rallies, fearing Ukraine-style turmoil: U.N. report

    Kazakhstan says it has clamped down on peaceful rallies out of fear of a repeat of the protests that brought chaos to Ukraine, a United Nations special rapporteur said in a critical report on the central Asian state. Kazakhstan's strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sought to play the role…

    Reuters
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  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime…

    Associated Press