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  • French court confirms law aimed at ending cockfighting

    PARIS (AP) — France's top court has ruled that a law aimed at ending cockfighting in France is constitutional.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • US spied on Japan government, companies: WikiLeaks

    The US spied on Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms including conglomerate Mitsubishi, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, in the latest revelation about Washington's snooping on allies. The intercepts exposing US National Security Agency espionage…

    AFP55 mins ago
  • Britain's Cameron calls emergency meeting over Calais migrant crisis

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron convened a meeting of his government's emergency response committee to discuss what more it could do to tackle a spike in attempts by migrant to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tunnel from France. Cameron is under growing…

    Reuters
  • China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.

    Associated Press
  • MLS attendance on rise with big-name international players

    DENVER (AP) — Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national teams have done their part, too.

    Associated Press
  • UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

    The United Nations called on its member states Thursday to work harder in combatting poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. The General Assembly resolution was the first of its kind but not legally binding. The assembly expressed concern over what it called a steady…

    AFP
  • China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.

    Associated Press
  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

    Reuters
  • Platini kicks off political fight for future of FIFA

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini hopes he made a decisive move early in the seven-month campaign to become FIFA president.

    Associated Press
  • Grevin's first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop

    Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of…

    AFP
  • Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Associated Press
  • Fur trade a goldmine for China's Olympic bid city

    China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favourite to win the right to host the 2022…

    AFP
  • U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

    By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South…

    Reuters
  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been…

    Reuters
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, Afghanistan says

    Taliban supremo Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan said on Wednesday, after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric. The insurgents have not officially confirmed the death of their spiritual leader, who has not been seen…

    AFP
  • Two held for killing five elephants in Kenyan reserve

    Two suspected poachers have been arrested in Kenya over the killing of five elephants in Tsavo National Park, wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The Kenya Wildlife Service said a major manhunt was in progress to catch the rest of the poaching gang following the discovery of the bodies of a…

    AFP
  • For dating apps in Asia, love by numbers or chaperone

    Move over Tinder -- a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West encourage one-on-one, often no-strings-attached meetings, many in Asia are as much…

    AFP