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  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

    BEIJING (AP) — Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

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  • Pacific trade talks fail to end in TPP deal

    Delegates negotiating a vast Pacific free-trade agreement failed to reach a final deal after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, in a setback to US President Barack Obama. "After more than a week of productive meetings we've made significant progress and will continue on resolving a limited…

    AFP
  • Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.

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  • Pacific trade ministers wrapping up talks at Hawaii resort

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort Friday were wrapping up four days of talks on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

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  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

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  • Image of Asia: Crossing the river after monsoon flooding

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, rescuers help residents cross a river after a foot bridge was destroyed by floods in Thulakhet, Nepal, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu. Rescuers on Friday also were searching for more victims of landslides in mountain villages hit by heavy…

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  • Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reaction Friday to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan:

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  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

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  • UK leader pledges to send help to France to control migrants

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis.

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  • China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.

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  • US spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

    The US spy agency targeted Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms for years, WikiLeaks said on Friday, in the latest revelations about Washington's snooping on allies. The intercepts exposing US National Security Agency activities follow other documents released by the…

    AFP
  • MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

    DENVER (AP) — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national teams have done their part, too.

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  • UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

    The United Nations called on its member states Thursday to work harder in combatting poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. The General Assembly resolution was the first of its kind but not legally binding. The assembly expressed concern over what it called a steady…

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  • China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.

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  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

    Reuters
  • Platini kicks off political fight for future of FIFA

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini hopes he made a decisive move early in the seven-month campaign to become FIFA president.

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  • Grevin's first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop

    Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of…

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