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  • Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan

    Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt advances that could…

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  • Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State

    By Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. President Ashraf…

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  • Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

    Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa. The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the…

    AFP
  • Judge says FBI ruse violated rights of Vegas hotel guest

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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  • China: New bank to enhance international finance system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China's proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement and not replace existing lenders dominated by the U.S. and Japan, a senior Chinese official said Friday.

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  • Obama: Trade politics difficult, but opposition helps China

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama defended his efforts to broaden commerce with Asia and Europe and warned on Friday that opposition would give China a leg up in setting the rules for international trade.

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  • The globe's record heat keeps on broiling into this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's been no break from the globe's record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

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  • Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media.

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  • China police shoot dead two 'terrorists' on Vietnam border

    Chinese police have shot dead two suspected "terrorists" on the border with Vietnam, part of a group of people trying to sneak out of the country, state media said on Friday. The group was discovered on Friday morning in Dongxing city, which lies on the other side of Vietnam's border in the…

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  • Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted…

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  • Image of Asia: Incense in memory of the Khmer Rouge victims

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman burns incense sticks as she prays in front of a stupa containing hundreds of human skulls and bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, at the Choeung Ek memorial on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Several hundred mourners and Buddhist monks gathered…

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  • China's Xi Jinping to visit close ally Pakistan

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan next week to oversee agreements on pipelines, power plants and other projects as part of a massive $46 billion joint development program that Beijing hopes will stabilize its longtime ally's economy and extend China's influence in…

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  • India's rising tiger numbers may be victory only on paper

    SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.

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  • Migrants 'thrown overboard' in religious row as toll climbs

    Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian port of Palermo said they had arrested…

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  • Unrest amid pleas to end attacks on immigrants in S. Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Jacob Zuma on Thursday urged South Africans to stop attacking immigrants from Africa and South Asia, but hundreds threatened peace marchers in a city where days of violence have killed at least five people.

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  • India's die-hard Hindus push to ban beef in blow to poor

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi's sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Skidding on heaps of fresh dung, they pull the animals out of the trucks, herding them for the…

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  • South Africa's Brait takes control of gym chain Virgin Active

    South African investment company Brait on Thursday bought a majority holding in British-based health club chain Virgin Active for £682 million ($1.02 billion, 949 million euros). Virgin Active, owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, said in a…

    AFP