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  • S.Africa, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

    Kruger National Park (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa signed an anti-poaching agreement on Thursday with neighbouring Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia. Mozambique is a prime source of illegal hunters hired and armed by transnational crime syndicates to cross…

    AFP
  • Row over plan to merge Asia's top posts

    Prince Ali bin Al Hussein has savaged plans to hand his current role as FIFA vice-president to Asia's football boss in a row which threatens to plunge regional soccer into a fresh round of infighting. In an open letter, the Jordanian royal "strongly opposed" the proposal backed by Asian Football…

    AFP
  • Obama says U.S. will provide South Korea any help needed in ferry accident

    President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide the country with any help it needs to perform rescue operations. "South Korea is one of our closest allies, and American Navy personnel…

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

    PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

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  • Journalists charged with defaming Thailand's navy

    PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities on Thursday charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.

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  • Putin says impossible for Europe to stop buying Russian gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its reliance on Russian energy, to completely stop buying Russian gas. Putin also said that the transit via Ukraine is the most dangerous element in Europe's gas supply system, and that he…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Abe to battle negative images at U.S.-Japan summit

    By Linda Sieg and David Brunnstrom TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. President Barack Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit next week, they will be battling negative undercurrents that could undermine their message that Asia's most important security alliance is firm. …

    Reuters
  • Japan's Abe dubs China vital partner amid territorial disputes

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized Beijing for trying to "change the status quo" with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner, as a series of visits suggested a possible thaw in ties between the Asian rivals. …

    Reuters
  • Chinese police shoot man dead at checkpoint in Xinjiang

    Police in China's far-western region of Xinjiang have shot dead a man who drove through a security checkpoint, the local government said on Thursday, the latest violence to hit the troubled area with a large Muslim population. The man, Abdul Basiti Abdulimiti, was a "terrorist" from Keping county…

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  • Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

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  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei leading the retreat as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

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  • U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year. Nisha Biswal, U.S.…

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  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the…

    Reuters
  • Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah

    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness, the health ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said five more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory…

    AFP
  • World stocks up on hopes Chinese slowdown is mild

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets rose Wednesday after Chinese economic figures showed the slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected.

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  • European Parliamentarians back measures against 'invasive aliens'

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in. Non-native plant and animal life are estimated to cost the European Union 12 billion euros…

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  • S. Korea, Japan hold rare 'comfort women' talks

    South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties. Kyodo News cited an unnamed government official as saying the Japanese side would indicate Tokyo is mulling an official…

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  • Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will peel back the surface to…

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  • Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

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