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  • Scottish climber dies on Argentina's Aconcagua mountain

    A Scottish mountain climber has died of a heart attack attempting to reach the summit of Aconcagua, an Andean peak in Argentina that is one of the world's highest, authorities said Sunday. Roger Cookson, 58, suffered a heart attack Saturday during the ascent of the 6,962-meter (22,841-foot-high)…

    AFP
  • Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.

    Associated Press
  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

    Associated Press
  • 'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

    Nepal's success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Kathmandu on Monday. Experts from conservation group WWF, which is co-hosting the conference with…

    AFP
  • Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing bets on Europe as China slows

    Famed for his sharp business acumen and knack for perfectly timed investments, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is shifting away from a slowing Chinese economy and bargain hunting in Europe. Li's holdings are embodied in a striking 63-storey glass skyscraper in the heart of Hong Kong and his…

    AFP
  • Australia rising in Asia, on and off the field

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup final on Saturday capped a remarkable period for a nation which is only just awakening to the possibilities that membership of Asia provides — on and off the field.

    Associated Press
  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots.

    Associated Press
  • Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

    CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

    Associated Press
  • Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

    Associated Press
  • Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in BA-owner IAG

    Qatar Airways on Friday snapped up almost 10 percent of IAG, parent of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, in 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 stake in…

    AFP
  • Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

    GENEVA (AP) — Two would-be FIFA presidents stepped up campaigning on Friday after nominations closed to challenge Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world football.

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  • Thai 'confidence' in anti-trafficking record belied by statistics

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders. The U.S. State…

    Reuters
  • EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.

    Associated Press
  • AirAsia X sets rights issue, revamps management in turnaround bid

    By Trinna Leong and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Struggling Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X announced a $109 million equity rights issue to shore up its weak financing and reshuffled top management in a bid to turn around its fortunes. AirAsia X, an affiliate…

    Reuters
  • 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 Press
  • Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

    Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defence on Saturday when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final between two of the region's heavyweights. The Socceroos are desperate to win a first Asian title on home soil, but to do so they will have to find a way through…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters