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  • Platini: Europe deserves 1 extra World Cup place

    MONACO (AP) — Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup, UEFA President Michel Platini said Thursday.

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  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition walks out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Thursday sworn in as president to extend his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism walked out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

    AFP51 mins ago
  • Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. …

  • Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, vowed Thursday to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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  • PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise

    BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, said Thursday its first-half profit rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased.

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  • China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have…

  • Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

    Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years. The three are suspected of having contracted the disease when they were bitten by mosquitos in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, officials said. …

  • Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power with ascent to presidency

    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule. In a final…

  • FTSE slips 0.09% at open

    London (AFP) - London's leading share index slipped at the start of trading on Thursday following losses in Asian markets and after closing up the previous day.

  • Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-year-old challenges world's fastest man

    Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the…

  • Uighur entrepreneur confronts prejudice in China

    Ambitious and apolitical, self-described "good Uighur" entrepreneur Abdulhabir Muhammad initially conceals his proud ethnic identity from his Chinese clients. "After I solve everything I will tell them, 'Hey, I'm a Uighur, I'm from Xinjiang,'" he says, revelling in their astonishment even while…

  • India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about nuclear proliferation. India has been pushing for an…

  • Philippine economy grows 6.4 percent in 2Q

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine economy expanded by 6.4 percent in the second quarter and tied with Malaysia as the second fastest growing in Asia during the period, officials said Thursday.

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  • Corrupt Chinese hiding in Western nations elude Beijing's 'fox hunt'

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - When Yang Xiuzhu got wind in 2003 that Chinese anti-corruption investigators were looking into her affairs, she boarded a flight to Singapore. China filed an arrest warrant through Interpol for Yang, a senior official who oversaw construction projects in the…

  • Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday. The study in the journal Nature showed that…

  • Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for local Muslims making the journey, and daily flights from Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, to Saudi Arabia started Wednesday…

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  • Global trash burning more polluting than expected

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.

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