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  • West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

    West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of…

    Reuters
  • Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia's West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used…

    AFP
  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

    Associated Press
  • US experts fault both Japan, SKorea for tensions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharp differences on historical issues that have strained relations between Japan and South Korea require Tokyo to face up to its abusive wartime past and for Seoul to be less preoccupied with it, U.S. experts and former officials say.

    Associated Press
  • Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.

    Associated Press
  • Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

    Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. "People hunt the pangolin like any other meat because the forest is often the only resource" for people in Gabon,…

    AFP
  • Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

    Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. The costs of countering climate change in South Asia will also increase over time and will be…

    Reuters
  • Container shipping rise bodes well for world trade

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world's largest shipping company says it is sending more containers around world, a sign that global trade — and possibly economic growth — is picking up.

    Associated Press
  • Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) — Japan's military showcased its ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation.

    Associated Press
  • USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund

    By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and…

    Reuters
  • Asia stocks rise after US gains, Ukraine diplomacy

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. markets rose on news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive. With a recurrence of El Nino, the…

    Reuters
  • Pope calls for UN rather than US action in Iraq

    Pope Francis called Monday for collective action through the United Nations to "stop unjust aggression" in Iraq, in an implicit criticism of unilateral US air strikes there. The pope, speaking to reporters aboard his flight back from a trip to South Korea, said he was ready to visit Iraq "if…

    AFP
  • New PCB chairman backs defeated captain Misbah

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The newly elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board thinks the national team may have too many coaches, but backed captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis.

    Associated Press
  • Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans —from the North and the South — to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula.

    Associated Press
  • Nepal, India floods leave nearly 200 dead, scores missing

    Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing, local authorities said Monday. Nepal has been worst hit, with 105 people confirmed dead after torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages in what the…

    AFP
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  • Image of Asia: Celebrating Krishna's birthday

    In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, youngsters in Mumbai form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, the festival that celebrates the birth of child-god Krishna. The pyramids are formed to honor Krishna's effort…

    Associated Press