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  • China's Steel Roses bid to bloom at women's World Cup

    China women's football team -- the Steel Roses -- must overcome a thorny opening match against hosts Canada at the World Cup as they bid to rediscover their blossoming form of the 1990s. Canada also claimed a morale-boosting victory over China in January's Four-Nation Women's Tournament, coming…

    AFP
  • Restaurant of three Spanish brothers named world's best

    Spain's "El Celler de Can Roca" was crowned the world's best restaurant on Monday, winning praise for the "collective genius" of the three brothers who run it. It was the second time the Girona eatery has topped the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards in London, after taking the number one spot in…

    AFP
  • US judge dismisses World Cup case against Malaysian gambler

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada dismissed a criminal case Monday against a wealthy Malaysian gambler who was arrested last year after FBI agents impersonated Internet repair technicians to get a peek at what he was doing in suites at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

    Associated Press
  • Obama says Myanmar needs to end discrimination of Rohingya to succeed

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday Myanmar needs to end discrimination against Rohingya people if it wants to succeed in its transition to a democracy, something he has sought to make a legacy of his presidency. Speaking to young Asians invited to…

    Reuters
  • US stocks gain broadly after Intel deal for chip designer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Monday after the release of some encouraging economic data and news of a big acquisition in the semiconductor industry.

    Associated Press
  • Obama warns China against 'throwing elbows' in sea dispute

    As several Asian regional powers face off over maritime borders, Obama warned about disregard for existing laws and a move away from established ways of resolving disputes. The United States does not hold any territorial claims in the South China Sea, Obama added. "We think that land reclamation,…

    AFP
  • US official calls for Myanmar citizenship for Rohingya

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Monday that resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution there.

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  • IOC cites challenges for Almaty and Beijing Olympic bids

    LONDON (AP) — The IOC on Monday cited serious challenges facing the two bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics, including pointed concerns over Beijing's air pollution and lack of natural snow and Almaty's budget risks and limited experience in hosting major events.

    Associated Press
  • Asian demand, low supply set record price on Maine baby eels

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Prices for tiny glass eels caught in river inlets along the Maine coast soared to record levels this year because a slow season resulted in reduced catch, fishermen and dealers say.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Marking Buddha's Birthday in Thailand

    In this photo by Sakchai Lalit, Thai Buddhists put gold leaf on the face of a giant Buddha statue for good luck at Royal Field in Bangkok as part of Wesaka Bucha activities. Wesaka Bucha, the most important Buddhist holy day of the year, marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. It…

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  • China's Hebei to force firms to buy emission permits from 2016

    China's biggest steelmaking province, Hebei, will order its big industrial emitters to pay for the pollution they discharge via a regional trading scheme beginning next year, the official Hebei Daily newspaper said on Monday. Last year, seven of China's 10 smoggiest cities were situated in the…

    Reuters
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  • South Korea, China sign free trade deal

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and China signed a free trade deal Monday that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades.

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  • Vietnam, U.S. discuss land reclamation in South China Sea

    By David Alexander HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South China Sea in talks on Monday with his Vietnamese counterpart, who said Vietnam had not expanded its islands but had done work to prevent wave erosion. The response…

    Reuters
  • China rejects US criticism of sea reclamations

    China on Sunday rejected US demands to stop reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty and using the controversial outposts to fulfil international responsibilities. "China has carried out construction on some islands and reefs in the South China Sea mainly…

    AFP
  • Pentagon chief pledges $18 million for Hanoi to buy patrol boats

    By David Alexander HAI PHONG, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million on Sunday to help Vietnam buy U.S. patrol boats, shortly after touring a Vietnamese coast guard vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship during a skirmish in the South China Sea. Carter, who has…

    Reuters
  • 5,000 migrants rescued in Med since Friday: Frontex

    More than 5,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean since Friday, according to Frontex, the European Union's border agency. The rescue mission, which started Friday, focused on a group of Libyan migrants travelling aboard 25 boats, said Frontex, adding that five other operations were…

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  • China, U.S. tone down rhetoric but far from South China Sea solution

    By Raju Gopalakrishnan and Rachel Armstrong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - After a months-long row over Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea, the United States and China were relatively restrained at Asia's top security forum this weekend, but no closer to any solution. U.S. Defense Secretary…

    Reuters