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  • US stocks drift lower after 2-day run; oil price jumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market sank Tuesday, taking a break after a two-day run. Chevron and other oil giants fared better than the rest of the market as crude oil climbed above $60 a barrel for the first time this year.

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  • EU, China stress scope for stepped up security, climate cooperation

    The European Union and China on Tuesday expressed a desire to deepen cooperation on international security, diplomacy and climate change, though human rights appeared to remain a sensitive issue. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and China's top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi held…

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  • HSBC bank logs higher profits amid probes

    Scandal-hit global bank HSBC on Tuesday posted rising quarterly profits, but added regulators have requested more information about its controversial Swiss division.

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  • Stocks cautious after plunge in Chinese market

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets were subdued on Tuesday after Chinese stocks plunged as the start of an IPO wave cooled investor sentiment.

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  • India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring U.S. warning against haste

    By Nidhi Verma and Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals…

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  • Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: reports

    Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said on Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia -- a major destination for Indonesian maids -- United Arab…

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  • Image of Asia: Digging for clams at the beach in Japan

    In this photo by Koji Sasahara, beachgoers dig for clams on a beach during the Golden Week holidays in Yokohama, Japan. The week encompasses several national holidays and is one of the most popular times of the year for Japanese people to travel. From mid-March to June in Japan, people go to…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Huddled under blankets, two elderly women near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake were bathed in amber light from the setting sun. Anxiety lined the face of a woman gazing out a bus window, joining thousands who left the capital, Kathmandu. Beside a make-shift tent, a father made funny faces to…

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  • North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Monday that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut.

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  • Retiring Hong Kong police chief takes pot shot at protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's outgoing police chief took a parting shot Monday at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly three months last year.

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  • Philippine military chief confirms wanted militant killed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief confirmed Monday that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed.

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  • Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday.

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  • FIFA ex-security chief says match-fixing a 'global crime'

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Football is facing a "crisis of credibility with its fans" over match-fixing linked to an illegal betting industry that dwarfs the legitimate sports economy, FIFA's former security chief said Sunday.

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  • Mexican drug cartel Jalisco New Generation flexes muscles

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — An increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

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  • Thai mass grave held bodies of 26 suspected trafficking victims

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre PEDANG BESAR, Thailand (Reuters) - Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday. The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province,…

    Reuters
  • Berlusconi in talks to sell stake in Milan to Thai investor

    MILAN (AP) — AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is exploring selling a stake to an investment group headed by a Thai businessman but the former Italian prime minister plans to retain control of the prestigious Serie A club.

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  • Thai police dig up 26 bodies at suspected trafficking camp

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) — Thai police trekked into the mountains and dug up 26 bodies from dozens of shallow graves at an abandoned jungle camp that's been linked to human trafficking networks, which activists say are "out of control" in the Southeast Asian country.

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