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  • Global stocks mixed as investors eye European, US data

    BEIJING (AP) — European stocks mostly gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors monitored upbeat eurozone economic data and looked ahead to U.S. indicators.

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  • Exclusive: India expects better monsoon rains this year

    By Ratnajyoti Dutta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India expects higher rainfall from the monsoon this year after patchy rains affected farm output last season, weather office sources told Reuters. If the outlook turns out correct, it will be another shot in the arm for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's…

    Reuters
  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of…

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  • China defense budget rise to defy slowing economy

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets. …

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  • Ailing Malaysia Airlines readies for drastic overhaul

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After a year of calamity, Malaysia Airlines is shrinking to survive.

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  • India central bank cuts key interest rate as inflation eases

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's central bank on Wednesday unexpectedly cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the second such reduction this year as the bank lends support to government efforts to boost economic growth.

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  • Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour

    BEIJING (AP) — Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.

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  • Airlines move to better track planes a year after Flight 370

    NEW YORK (AP) — At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss.

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  • AP source: South American confederation to support Blatter

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The countries which make up the South American football confederation have decided to support Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential elections, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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  • Film on 2012 Delhi gang rape stokes debate on Indian male mindset

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film's director. Leslee Udwin's "India's…

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  • Lin returns to All England after 3-year absence as favorite

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Lin Dan can rest for as long as he likes, it doesn't matter. He's the favorite in whatever he enters, including the All England Open this week.

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  • Amid nuclear dispute, Israel and Iran face off over past oil ties

    By Ari Rabinovitch and Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As Israel loudly and publicly denounces Iran and its nuclear program this week, the two countries are quietly tussling in a decades-old dispute over a secretive oil pipeline company that could be worth billions of dollars to Tehran. In a…

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  • Michelle Obama heads to Asia to promote girls' education

    First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a U.S. global effort to support education for girls, the White House said on Tuesday. The other countries are: Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo, and Uganda.

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  • Afghanistan must prosecute government officials who violate rights: group

    By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - The United States and other aid donors should press Afghanistan to prosecute government and security force officials guilty of serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Holding powerful individuals accountable…

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  • Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said. More than half the world's cassava, a high-energy root…

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  • Global stocks limp after Nasdaq milestone, China in focus

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were lackluster Tuesday despite a milestone for the Nasdaq, as investors looked ahead to the release of China's growth target.

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  • North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders.

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