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  • Asia stocks down as anti-austerity party wins Greek election

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
  • Lin disappointed by benching, but not giving up on Lakers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Lin acknowledges he was surprised and disappointed by his first complete benching in nearly three years.

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • World leaders pay respects on Saudi day of mourning

    More foreign leaders flocked to Saudi Arabia paying their respects to King Salman on Sunday, as the normally gridlocked streets of Riyadh turned quiet during a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah. The latest arrivals included Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud…

    AFP
  • Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss

    Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the…

    AFP
  • Uganda seizes massive ivory and pangolin haul

    Ugandan wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals, police said Sunday. Over 700 kilograms of ivory -- worth almost $1.5 million on the black market -- and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were…

    AFP
  • South Korea wary of another Iraq shock at Asian Cup

    South Korea will be praying lightning does not strike twice when they face Iraq in the Asian Cup semi-finals on Monday, having limped to the last four battered and bruised. The Koreans have failed to win Asia's showcase tournament since 1960 -- a curious anomaly for a country with a proud…

    AFP
  • Factbox: Obama and Modi aim high with India summit

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Obama's visit is a fresh bid to make Asia's third-largest economy an enduring strategic partner and nurture his friendship with…

    Reuters
  • 2022 World Cup in winter, says AFC boss

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region's blazing summer heat, Asia's football supremo said. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who heads the FIFA taskforce charged with…

    AFP
  • World Cup returns, three 2016 outdoor games set

    The World Cup of Hockey, an infrequent global showdown of elite ice hockey talent last staged in 2004, will return in 2016 with eight teams competing over two weeks at Toronto. The National Hockey League announced Saturday that Canada, Russia, United States, Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic…

    AFP
  • US sends its most senior visitor to Thailand since coup

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sending its highest-level diplomatic visitor to Thailand since last year's military coup, although a return to democracy there remains a distant prospect.

    Associated Press
  • Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the helm.

    Associated Press
  • Obama seeks to leverage ties with India's Modi during visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to leverage his burgeoning bond with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic ties as he opens a three-day visit to New Delhi.

    Associated Press
  • Thai ex-premier says 'democracy is dead' after impeachment

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a…

    Associated Press
  • Obama heading to India, hoping to improve ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend anxious to take another step in moving the world's two largest democracies beyond the deep tensions that have beset their relationship in recent years.

    Associated Press
  • Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson to lead China subsidiary

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson will take the same title at his company's subsidiary in Macau, Asia's gambling mecca near Hong Kong.

    Associated Press
  • Oil market upheaval looms over Saudi succession

    King Abdullah's death could not have come at a worse time for Saudi Arabia's vital oil sector as the absolute monarchy seeks to reassert its leadership in a fast-changing industry. After an exceptional decade that saw it build up production capacity and huge financial reserves, Saudi Arabia is…

    AFP
  • Uber restarts service in Delhi; government says company still banned

    By Aditya Kalra and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, has restarted services in India's capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted. Uber's app…

    Reuters