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  • How to help fishermen rescued from slavery at sea in SE Asia

    Aid groups are working to support and settle hundreds of men rescued from slavery at sea in Southeast Asia. The money will be used to help victims seek justice and rebuild lives.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

    TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.

    Associated Press59 mins ago
  • Canada approves Cirque du Soleil sale to US, Chinese investors

    Canada has approved the sale of the government-owned Cirque du Soleil to a US investment fund and its Chinese partners, according to officials. American private equity firm TPG and China's Fosun bought the Quebec circus juggernaut for an undisclosed sum in April as the carnival looks to expand in…

  • Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

    GUNKANJIMA, Japan (AP) — Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

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  • Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday unveiled the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan, with the focus on the military and economic growth. Iran says its military is purely defensive, but it is under an arms embargo and international sanctions over its…

  • Image of Asia: Celebrating while planting paddy in Nepal

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, farmers play with sludge as they plant paddy saplings in a field outside Kathmandu, Nepal, on Asar Pandhra day. Nepalese farmers consider the day to be auspicious for planting paddy. Playing in the mud, planting and eating special foods are common ways to…

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  • Top Philippine police chief ordered dismissed over contract

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' anti-graft prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the national police chief and 10 other officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track record.

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  • UN rights office urges Thailand to free 14 student activists

    BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. human rights office called Tuesday on Thailand to release 14 student activists and drop the charges that were filed against them for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally.

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  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    NEW YORK (AP) — A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday.

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  • Asia stocks bounce back but Greece uncertainty still looms

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets bounced back Tuesday, recouping some of the previous day's sharp losses, but investors remained worried the crisis in Greece could spread to other financially weak countries.

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  • Third day with no new MERS cases in South Korea

    South Korea said Tuesday it had gone three days without any new cases of the deadly MERS virus, in a welcome boost to efforts to tackle the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The news came as the health ministry said an 81-year-old woman who contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in late…

  • Governments sign pact to create Chinese-led Asian bank

    BEIJING (AP) — Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure Monday that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power.

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  • Thai ice cream company apologizes for Facebook gay slur

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said Monday.

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  • Image of Asia: Walking in an Indian rainstorm

    In this photo by Channi Anand, a man walks with his cycle through a water-logged street as it rains in Jammu, India. The heavy rains lashing the city brought much-needed relief from a scorching heat wave. Temperatures exceeding 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Sunday dropped by 3 degrees on Monday in…

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  • Boom in 'voluntourism' sparks concerns over whether the industry is doing good

    By Gabriel Popham LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rapid growth in the multi-billion dollar volunteer tourism industry has prompted calls for tighter controls with concerns over exposing vulnerable communities to unskilled foreign labor and dodgy operators exploiting foreigners for profit. …

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    Indonesia's Mount Sinabung belched more volcanic ash and lava, part of its almost daily eruptions this month. The activity has forced thousands of villagers to evacuate to safer areas. It is one of about 130 active volcanoes across the sprawling country.

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