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  • Asia stocks rise after US growth revised higher

    Asian stock markets mostly posted modest gains Wednesday as stronger U.S. growth was tempered by a less rosy outlook for China.

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  • Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

    By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: Training to stop street harassment

    In this photo by Saurabh Das, female police cadets undergo martial arts training at an institute in New Delhi. The cadets will undergo rigorous training for up to three years and then train other female cadets who will be deployed in sensitive parts of the Indian capital to prevent eve teasing, or…

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  • Greece acts to rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday. The Kiribati-flagged vessel, with about 700 people aboard, was sailing 30 nautical…

    Reuters
  • Philippines lifts ban on 9 Hong Kong journalists

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau said Tuesday that it has lifted a blacklist order against nine Hong Kong-based journalists, following criticism from media and Hong Kong's government.

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  • Image of Asia: Selling fire pots in the Himalayas

    In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, a vendor sells kangris, or fire pots, on a cold morning in Srinagar, the main city in India's portion of Kashmir. A kangri is an age-old device for keeping warm, consisting of a decoratively woven wicker case housing an earthen pot in which charcoal is burned. Many…

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  • China defies U.S. call to stop island project in South China Sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In India, workers dismantled the country's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was bought from Britain in 1957 and played a key role in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

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  • Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides. China claims almost all of the…

    Reuters
  • Thailand beats host Singapore 2-1 in Suzuki Cup

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Chaaryl Cappuis converted a penalty with two minutes remaining to give Thailand a 2-1 victory over host and defending champion Singapore on Sunday in their opening match of the Suzuki Cup.

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  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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  • Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.

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  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that…

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  • South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm's way

    SKUKUZA, South Africa (AP) — The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers.

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  • Image of Asia: Indonesian leader's personal trip

    In this photo by Wong Maye-E, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as "Jokowi," and his wife Iriana congratulate their son Kaesang Pangarep, who received an international baccalaureate diploma at the Anglo Chinese School (International) in Singapore. The president attended Friday's…

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  • China commits $45.6 billion for economic corridor with Pakistan

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan over the next six years, according to new details of the deal seen by Reuters on Friday. The Chinese companies…

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  • Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara SOUSSE Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country's red and white colors as a defender on the national football squad. So it was a shock when he appeared in a camouflage jacket with a…

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