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  • Oceania nations to be allowed in Asian indoor meet

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Oceania countries like Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to participate in the next Asian Indoor Games after a nod from the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, its president Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Sunday.

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  • Hagino snatches swimming gold from Sun, Park

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Asian Games saw its first major upset Sunday as Japan's Kosuke Hagino stole the thunder from one of swimming's biggest rivalries by winning the 200-meter freestyle final ahead of China's Olympic champion Sun Yang and South Korean star Park Tae-hwan.

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  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good…

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  • India fined $10,000 for withdrawing athletes

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — India has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for its late withdrawal of athletes from the Asian Games.

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  • Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

    DVUR KRALOVE Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns on Sunday, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction by poachers. Demand for rhino horn is high in parts of Asia, where it…

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  • UAE judoka imports expelled from Asian Games

    Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - The entire United Arab Emirates judo team has been kicked out of the Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia ruled that all three members were ineligible, officials said Saturday.

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  • F1 strugglers still targeting 2015 participation

    SINGAPORE (AP) — As speculation grows about the imminent exit of three struggling teams from Formula One, two of the under-pressure outfits have said they intend to still be in the sport in 2015.

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  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked…

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  • IOC: Flexible rules could allow baseball's return

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The adoption of a more flexible approach to the Olympic program could allow for the return of baseball and other sports that have been dropped from the games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Saturday.

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  • Asian Games opening ceremony closes Gangnam Style

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit "Gangnam Style" through a sequined microphone on Friday.

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  • 2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

    BEIJING (AP) — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights.

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  • Dollar, pound surge in Asia after Scotland vote

    Tokyo (AFP) - The pound rallied against major currencies Friday as Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom, while the dollar closed in on the 110 yen level for the first time in more than six years.

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  • China's Li Na retires over knee injuries

    Wuhan (China) (AFP) - China's Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persistent knee injuries on Friday, prompting a wave of adulation for Asia's greatest and most influential tennis player.

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  • Russia's growing role in Asia boosts its authority in the West: PM

    SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Russia's goal to become a big player in Asia will help boost the country's authority in other regions, including in the West, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. "The growth of our country's role in the Asian region ... without a doubt contributes to the growth…

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  • Chinese fans tout Li Na as tennis pioneer

    BEIJING (AP) — On the day China's first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China's tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes.

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  • Asian stars enlisted to fight African rhino poaching

    Kruger National Park (South Africa) (AFP) - Increasingly desperate South African conversationists are turning to a multi-national team of "rhino ambassadors" to try to end the scourge of poaching -- and Vietnamese pop diva Hong Nhung has been recruited for a good reason.

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