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  • U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States would welcome a Japanese extension of air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing China's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters. Regular…

    Reuters33 mins ago
  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace…

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in British Airways-owner IAG

    Qatar Airways on Friday said it had purchased almost 10 percent of IAG, parent of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, the second European entry by a Gulf carrier. "As part of efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties... Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99 percent…

    AFP41 mins ago
  • Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast Friday, after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent due to recall expenses.

    Associated Press
  • Asian football boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report

    Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries…

    AFP
  • The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game

    Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone -- hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached. Yet gripping the German journalist's attention was not Candy Crush, but…

    AFP
  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.

    Associated Press
  • China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

    Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions. The measures were designed to "prevent people spreading harmful…

    Reuters
  • Thai vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BAN BANG YAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team. He actually belongs to a motley group of Thai civilians who, frustrated by their government's lacklustre response to human trafficking,…

    Reuters
  • Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.

    Associated Press
  • H5N1 bird flu spreads to 11 states in Nigeria: govt

    Nigeria on Thursday confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread from seven to 11 states within a week, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of poultry but no human cases. Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina told an emergency meeting on the outbreak that "as of yesterday…

    AFP
  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

    Associated Press
  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Solemn ceremony for 42 slain Filipino police

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, members of the Philippine elite police force carry the remains of 42 colleagues who were slain by Muslim insurgents during an anti-terrorist operation in the country's south. The casualties were not only the biggest single-day losses in recent history for Philippine…

    Associated Press
  • About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boats sinks

    About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said. More than 70 people were heading out to sea near Kutubdia island, 415 km (260 miles) southeast of Dhaka, when their wooden boat sank, police said. Police…

    Reuters
  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

    Associated Press
  • Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.

    Associated Press