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  • Climate change to trigger longer, fiercer 'megadroughts': study

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change will unleash megadroughts in the coming decades worse than anything seen in the last 2,000 years, new research warns. In semi-arid regions such as the U.S. southwest, there is an 80 percent chance of a drought lasting more than a…

    Reuters
  • Caroline Garcia upsets Radwanska at Wuhan Open

    WUHAN, China (AP) — Caroline Garcia followed up her first-round win over Venus Williams with a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) upset win over fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday at the inaugural Wuhan Open.

    Associated Press
  • Thousands of Hong Kong students on strike for democracy

    Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong students on Monday began a week-long boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.

    AFP
  • Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday.

    Associated Press
  • Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

    Associated Press
  • Samsung may launch first Tizen phone in India

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday.

    Associated Press
  • Chinese militants get Islamic State 'terrorist training': media

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get "terrorist training" from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reported on Monday. The report was the first time state-run media had linked militants from Xinjiang, home to…

    Reuters
  • Ferry disaster weighs on S. Korean president steeled by tragedy

    By Jack Kim, Ju-min Park and Tony Munroe SEOUL, Sept 22 (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye's voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster. Park is northeast…

    Reuters
  • Oceania nations to be allowed in Asian indoor meet

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Oceania countries like Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to participate in the next Asian Indoor Games after a nod from the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, its president Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Sunday.

    Associated Press
  • Hagino snatches swimming gold from Sun, Park

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Asian Games saw its first major upset Sunday as Japan's Kosuke Hagino stole the thunder from one of swimming's biggest rivalries by winning the 200-meter freestyle final ahead of China's Olympic champion Sun Yang and South Korean star Park Tae-hwan.

    Associated Press
  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good…

    Associated Press
  • India fined $10,000 for withdrawing athletes

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — India has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for its late withdrawal of athletes from the Asian Games.

    Associated Press
  • Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

    DVUR KRALOVE Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns on Sunday, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction by poachers. Demand for rhino horn is high in parts of Asia, where it…

    Reuters
  • UAE judoka imports expelled from Asian Games

    Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - The entire United Arab Emirates judo team has been kicked out of the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia ruled that all three members were ineligible, officials said Saturday.

    AFP
  • F1 strugglers still targeting 2015 participation

    SINGAPORE (AP) — As speculation grows about the imminent exit of three struggling teams from Formula One, two of the under-pressure outfits have said they intend to still be in the sport in 2015.

    Associated Press
  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked…

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