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  • Loss-making AirAsia X aims to be profitable by year-end

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X said Tuesday it expects to return to operational profit by the end of the year and is open to foreign investment.

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  • South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

    South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy. Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang…

    AFP
  • A look at Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Central Asian city of Almaty is vying with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The winner will be selected Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here's a quick look at Almaty's bid:

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  • Communist rebels kill 3 Philippine soldiers in ambush

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist rebels killed three soldiers and wounded 13 others in an ambush in a mountainous northern Philippine province, an army commander said Tuesday.

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  • Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.

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  • U.S. softens view of Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report

    By Jason Szep and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States took Malaysia off its list of worst offenders in human trafficking on Monday, removing a potential barrier to a signature Asia-Pacific trade pact despite opposition from human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers. …

    Reuters
  • Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where countries share U.S. concerns about China's pursuit of…

    Reuters
  • John Kerry travels to Mideast then Southeast Asia next week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry travels to the Mideast next week and then Asia, including a stop in Vietnam.

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  • Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on Monday accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist.

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  • U.S. report highlights suspected Thai official role in human trafficking

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - The U.S. government's decision to keep Thailand on its list of worst human-trafficking centers for an unprecedented two straight years highlights the suspected role of Thai officials in the trade despite government efforts to stop it. The State…

    Reuters
  • Bach: Facilities and sustainability key to winning 2022 bid

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The vote to determine which city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics will come down to the quality of sports facilities for athletes and sustainability, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Monday.

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  • British PM starts Asia trip with big loan offer to Indonesia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government would make available loans of up to 1 billion pounds to Indonesia to help finance infrastructure projects. Indonesia is Cameron's first stop on a four-day trade mission to Southeast Asia to spur lucrative business deals and to…

    Reuters
  • Kyrgyz leader says U.S. 'sought chaos' by decorating dissident

    By Olga Dzyubenko CHOLPON ATA, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) - Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Monday the United States had sought to "create chaos" in his country by granting an award to a jailed dissident. The Central Asian country protested to Washington this month and tore up a cooperation…

    Reuters
  • IOC awards Olympic broadcast rights to Qatar's beIN Media

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has awarded broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2018-2024 to Qatar's beIN Media Group.

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  • Alarm sounded over Myanmar's betel habit

    As he manoeuvres his taxi through the barely moving traffic of downtown Yangon, Myo Min Htaike's jaw methodically pounds a pulpy mass of nuts and tobacco, his teeth stained a dark blood-red. Plying his trade in the seemingly eternal gridlock of Myanmar's now booming commercial hub, he is more than…

    AFP
  • Almaty narrows gap on Beijing in 2022 Olympics race

    High level delegations from China and Kazakhstan are in Kuala Lumpur where the International Olympic Committee will hold a secret ballot on Friday to decide between the two rivals. Beijing has thrown its heavyweight lobbying power into securing the Games, highlighting its successful staging of the…

    AFP
  • Walcott seals Emirates Cup success for Arsenal

    Arsenal stepped up their impressive preparations for the new season by winning the Emirates Cup for the first time since 2010 as Theo Walcott's strike clinched a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday. Walcott's second half goal ensured Arsene Wenger's side took the silverware as they finished above…

    AFP