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  • Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's…

    Associated Press18 mins ago
  • Burberry posts rising quarterly sales

    Britain's luxury fashion group Burberry said Thursday that revenues rose in the first quarter of its financial year, aided by strength in Asia and the Americas. Burberry enjoyed double-digit sales growth in Asia Pacific, led by mainland China and Hong Kong, and also in the Americas region. "This…

    AFP42 mins ago
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  • Global stocks mixed, Indonesia up after election

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global markets were mixed Thursday with a slight pickup in China's exports failing to give a lift to European stocks after most Asian indexes closed up. Indonesian stocks surged despite a contested presidential election result.

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  • India's new government unveils reform budget

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget Thursday, vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by promoting manufacturing and infrastructure and overhauling populist subsidies.

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  • WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.

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  • Japan sees lower chance of El Nino this summer, high chance in autumn

    Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that the possibility of an El Nino pattern forming this summer is lower than previously forecast, but it sees a high chance in autumn. The Japan Meteorological Agency, which said last month that the El Nino phenomenon could emerge this summer and last at…

  • What now for Indonesia after poll dispute?

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former army general Prabowo Subianto are both claiming victory in Indonesia's presidential election based on unofficial "quick counts," raising the specter of prolonged political instability in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • A look at China's territorial claims

    A look at China's territorial disputes:

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  • Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone

    BEIJING (AP) — Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising…

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  • Both rivals claim victory in Indonesian election

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — After Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election ended with both sides declaring victory, front-running candidate Joko Widodo called on his supporters to refrain from celebrating out of fear that it could incite violence by his rival's supporters while the nation…

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  • South Korea cuts growth outlook on ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank said economic growth will be slower than expected this year because consumer spending has waned following a deadly ferry sinking.

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  • Likely new Indonesian leader warns against tampering with vote

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Dennys Kapa JAKARTA (Reuters) - The man most likely elected Indonesia's new president warned on Thursday against tampering with ballots ahead of a final count of votes later this month. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, named the winner of Wednesday's disputed election by several…

    Reuters9 mins ago
  • Nicaragua confirms first chikungunya virus cases

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has confirmed the country's first two cases of people infected with a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly through the Caribbean region this year.

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  • De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

    By Michelle Nichols and Tom Miles UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) - Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday. …

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  • US lawmakers criticize Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers reviewed the "troubling" state of human rights in Southeast Asia on Wednesday and stiffly criticized Vietnam and Cambodia. But they reserved some of their toughest words for Myanmar, demanding an end to U.S. concessions to its quasi-civilian government.

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  • Australia defends returning migrants to Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Australia on Wednesday defended returning dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers back home after intercepting them at sea and rejected allegations they were mistreated.

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  • 5 things to know about Indonesia's election

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians voted Wednesday for their next president, and unofficial results showed a narrow victory for former furniture maker Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general, was also claiming victory, but official results won't be known for two weeks. Here are…

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  • Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory; Jokowi ahead in more counts

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) - Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia's presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world's third-largest democracy. In both the previous…

  • Both rivals claim victory in Indonesia elections

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The rival candidates in Indonesia's presidential election each claimed victory Wednesday, raising the possibility of potentially destabilizing political and legal uncertainty in a nation that made the transition from dictatorship to democracy less than two decades ago.

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  • Both sides claim victory in tight Indonesia election race

    Both sides claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Widodo, the first serious presidential contender without roots in…

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