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  • India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit.

    Associated Press
  • Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader

    Mexico's most wanted drug lord Servando Gomez, whose Knights Templar cartel smuggled drugs to the US and iron ore to China, was finally captured, without a shot fired. The former teacher nicknamed "La Tuta" was detained by federal police as he left a house in Morelia, capital of western Michoacan…

    AFP
  • US lawmaker urges Taiwan entry to crime-fighting Interpol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who oversees U.S. policy toward Asia wants Taiwan to be admitted into international organizations such as Interpol.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Onions for sale in Sri Lanka

    In this photo by Eranga Jayawardena, a boy looks out from the window of his house as an onion vendor arranges his cart in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices of vegetables and other commodities were high in recent weeks due to bad weather in Sri Lanka's agricultural regions, which reduced the harvest.…

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  • Global stocks lackluster ahead of revised US growth figures

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures.

    Associated Press
  • 5 Philippine soldiers killed in communist rebel ambush

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist rebels have killed five Philippine army soldiers and wounded six others in an ambush in a northern province, the military said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.

    Associated Press
  • India sees growth over 8 percent, set for 'big bang' reforms

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A government report says India's economy will grow more than 8 percent in the upcoming financial year and appears to have shaken off its persistent problems of high inflation, rising budget deficits and poor domestic demand.

    Associated Press
  • Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

    A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia. Former beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as…

    Reuters
  • Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.

    Associated Press
  • Chinese fans laud departing FC Guangzhou Evergrande coach Lippi

    Chinese football fans and media heaped praise on Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi on Friday, after he resigned from Guangzhou Evergrande club following three trophy-laden years. Evergrande, one of Asia's richest clubs, have taken the last four Chinese Super League titles, three of…

    AFP
  • China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

    BEIJING (AP) — China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants.

    Associated Press
  • Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been detained in an Alaska harbor amid an environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port.

    Associated Press
  • London's FTSE hits record closing high

    London (AFP) - London shares soared to a record closing high on Thursday, with banks Standard Chartered and RBS experiencing sharply contrasting fortunes.

    AFP
  • Management shake-up at UK's troubled StanChart bank

    Britain's troubled Standard Chartered announced Thursday the exit of its top two bosses in a radical management reshuffle, as the Asia-focused bank battles to transform its fortunes. The lender, facing sliding profits, slowing growth in emerging markets, and scandals including the alleged…

    AFP
  • Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad seeks seat on FIFA board

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Olympic power broker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is seeking election to the FIFA executive committee.

    Associated Press
  • Ancient wheat points to Stone Age trading links

    BERLIN (AP) — Britons may have discovered a taste for bread thousands of years earlier than previously thought, thanks to trade with more advanced neighbors on the European continent.

    Associated Press