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  • Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Tokyo's planned assistance…

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  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

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  • World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

    World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government efforts failed to reassure panicky investors.

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  • Turkey says to keep doors open for Uighur 'brothers', irking China

    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey vowed on Friday to keep its doors open to ethnic Uighur migrants fleeing persecution in China, a stance likely to exacerbate Ankara's row with Beijing over its treatment of the largely Muslim, Turkic-language speaking minority. U.S.-based Radio Free…

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  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's…

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  • Quake in rural China kills three, damages thousands of homes

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency…

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  • China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake

    China's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first time it had used an unmanned aircraft for such a task. China is developing an ambitious drone program for use at home, and…

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  • Udinese presents Ali Adnan as first Iraqi player in Serie A

    UDINE, Italy (AP) — Fullback Ali Adnan Kadhim has been presented as the first Iraqi player in Serie A.

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  • Pakistan police arrest cleric who led mob attacking Christians

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police said on Friday they had arrested a Muslim cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Police rescued the Christians from the crowd near the eastern city of Lahore on…

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  • Image of Asia: Ramadan prayers in Indian Kashmir

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir. The restive region is predominantly Muslim and claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought two wars over control of the Himalayan region…

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  • Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

    The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending. It was the sixth fatal crash in the past decade involving an Indonesian…

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  • China angered by new U.S. military strategy report

    China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon's updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law. China has become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, building artificial…

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  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    BEIJING (AP) — Top officials from the European Union probably won't attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, the organization's ambassador to Beijing said Friday, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region.

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  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged more than 5 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.

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  • '80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland

    LONDON (AP) — A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.

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  • France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France. Chinese premier Li Keqiang inked more than 50 deals on his three-day visit to France which…

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  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to…

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