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  • Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

    By Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery. A plethora of Thai companies shared the…

    Reuters
  • Indonesian court upholds Widodo's election victory

    An Indonesian court Thursday upheld the victory of Joko Widodo at last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent and ending weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy. The Constitutional Court's dismissal of ex-general…

    AFP
  • 'Ambiguous warfare' providing NATO with new challenge

    By Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different to those of the latter half of the 20th century.     The West then was…

    Reuters
  • Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant…

    Associated Press
  • Tibet group says 3 more dead after police shooting

    BEIJING (AP) — Three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities died in jail after being denied medical treatment, bringing the death toll from recent violence to five, according to overseas Tibetan rights groups and a U.S.-backed broadcaster.

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  • West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

    West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of…

    Reuters
  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Food and water during the monsoon

    In this photo by Anupam Nath, a woman cooks inside her flooded house in Assam state in northeastern India. Heavy rains in recent days have flooded dozens of villages in Assam and displaced thousands of people. Monsoon season brings rains vital to growing crops in India, but floods and landslides…

    Associated Press
  • US experts fault both Japan, SKorea for tensions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharp differences on historical issues that have strained relations between Japan and South Korea require Tokyo to face up to its abusive wartime past and for Seoul to be less preoccupied with it, U.S. experts and former officials say.

    Associated Press
  • Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

    Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. "People hunt the pangolin like any other meat because the forest is often the only resource" for people in Gabon,…

    AFP
  • Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

    Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The costs of countering climate change in South Asia will also increase over time and will be…

    Reuters
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  • Container shipping rise bodes well for world trade

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world's largest shipping company says it is sending more containers around world, a sign that global trade — and possibly economic growth — is picking up.

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  • Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) — Japan's military showcased its ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation.

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  • USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund

    By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and…

    Reuters
  • Asia stocks rise after US gains, Ukraine diplomacy

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. markets rose on news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive. With a recurrence of El Nino, the…

    Reuters
  • Pope calls for UN rather than US action in Iraq

    Pope Francis called Monday for collective action through the United Nations to "stop unjust aggression" in Iraq, in an implicit criticism of unilateral US air strikes there. The pope, speaking to reporters aboard his flight back from a trip to South Korea, said he was ready to visit Iraq "if…

    AFP