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  • Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

    BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

    Associated Press10 mins ago
  • UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.

    Associated Press47 mins ago
  • U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday. Washington filed the WTO challenge…

    Reuters
  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom even as its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers.

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  • France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

    The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday. Speaking in Athens, the ministers warned again of a real "danger" of Europe's Schengen…

    AFP
  • Zimbabwe lawyer wants probe of Mugabe's ability to hold office

    A Zimbabwean lawyer on Friday asked the country's highest court to order an investigation to determine President Robert Mugabe’s fitness to hold office, after a series of blunders that prompted speculation about his health. The papers filed by lawyer Tinomuda Chinoka seek to order the speaker of…

    AFP
  • Factbox: What business thinks about Britain's EU referendum

    Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017. Following are the views of business leaders: AEROSPACE AND AIRLINES Chief executive of airline easyJet Carolyn McCall said: "We…

    Reuters
  • African confederation backs Sheikh Salman in FIFA election

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Sheikh Salman's bid to succeed Sepp Blatter got a major boost Friday when the African soccer confederation announced it was backing the Bahraini royal for FIFA president.

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  • Holy trees spark debate on future of Olympic downhill course

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — The long-term future of the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics is coming under the spotlight this weekend at the Alpine skiing test event for the games.

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  • Conservationists hope Year of Monkey brings species luck

    Conservationists, including renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, are hoping the Year of the Monkey will shine a light on the threats the species are facing worldwide, namely in Asia. Hunted for food, traditional medicine and the pet trade, primate populations in Asia, particularly China, are…

    Reuters
  • Big spending Chinese clubs show global ambitions

    The European transfer window is not so European any more, with Chinese clubs outspending the continent's richest clubs in January to prove that the country is now a genuine power in attracting the world's best players.

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  • Image of Asia: Testing downhill course for Olympic skiers

    In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Switzerland's Nils Mani skis during the second training session for a World Cup downhill event in Jeongseon, South Korea, that also is a test event for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. The Jeongseon Alpine Center is rare in that it has only the competition…

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  • World stocks turn lower after mixed US job report

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets turned lower on Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report showed a slowdown in the pace of hiring in the world's largest economy but a decrease in the overall rate of unemployment.

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  • India's Shami picked for World T20 despite nursing injury

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Pace bowler Mohammed Shami was picked by India on Friday for the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 even though he was still recovering from a hamstring injury.

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  • Toyota posts $5.4 billion quarterly profit, raises forecast

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit rose nearly 5 percent as the weaker yen and cost reductions offset declining sales in some markets. The automaker raised its full-year earnings forecast.

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  • Asian stocks directionless ahead of US jobless report

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were uneven on Friday as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how far the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen.

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  • Brazil health official confirms Zika spread via transfusion

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States.

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