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  • Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims trying to escape trafficking ships, while others were Bangladeshi.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
  • Thai army general denies human trafficking charges: police

    A three-star Thai army general has denied charges against him for offences related to human trafficking, Thailand's police chief said, the latest in a series of arrests aimed at stamping out people smuggling. Thailand has issued 84 arrest warrants as it cracks down on smuggling and trafficking of…

    Reuters48 mins ago
  • Bangladesh academics get death threats from extremist group

    Death threats to academics in Bangladesh, including the junior home minister, are fuelling a climate of fear following the killings this year of three online critics of religious nationalism in the Muslim-majority nation. Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, as…

  • Philippine's Aquino revives comparison between China and Nazi Germany

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a veiled comparison on Wednesday between China's activities in the South China Sea and Nazi Germany's expansionism before World War Two, echoing similar remarks he made last year that outraged Beijing. Aquino, who is…

  • Philippine leader likens China to Nazi Germany

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino likened present-day China to Nazi Germany on Wednesday during a speech in Japan, hinting the world cannot continue to appease Beijing as it claims ever-more territory in the South China Sea. The comments come as disquiet grows over the quickening pace of China's…

  • S. Korea president urges action as MERS outbreak closes schools

    South Korean President Park Geun-Hye urged officials to ease rising public panic Wednesday over an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that has infected 30 people, killed two and closed hundreds of schools. With the World Health Organisation predicting further infections and the…

  • Tajik police chief who joined Islamic State wanted for treason

    Tajikistan has issued an international arrest warrant for the commander of its elite police force who joined Islamic State, prosecutors said on Wednesday, accusing him of treason. Khalimov's defection alarmed many in Tajikistan, an impoverished Muslim nation which borders Afghanistan and is still…

  • Gulf OPEC members back keeping ceiling intact: Kuwait

    Kuwait Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said he "strongly believes" that Gulf OPEC members support keeping the cartel's production ceiling unchanged at a crucial meeting this week. In statements to the official KUNA news agency on arrival in Vienna, Omair said that OPEC's options were to "either to…

  • Asia stocks dampened by Greek bailout saga, weak Wall Street

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday as Greece's bailout woes and a stagnant Wall Street performance dampened investor sentiment.

    Associated Press
  • Blatter's 17-year rule in soccer marked by growth, scandal

    GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter governed the biggest sport on Earth for nearly two decades, for years untouched personally by allegations of corruption, but never sharing the game's popularity.

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  • China boat sinking casts pall over country's ship safety record

    By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The sinking of a cruise boat on China's Yangtze River is likely to mar the country's generally clean maritime safety record, which hasn't suffered an incident of this magnitude since a passenger steamship blew up almost 70 years ago. The Eastern Star, which was…

  • Activists: Decline of elephants in Tanzania is catastrophic

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic, a wildlife conservation group said Tuesday.

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  • German ex-chancellor Kohl 'doing well' after two operations

    Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl is doing "well under the circumstances" after undergoing two operations, his office said Tuesday, in response to alarming media reports about the health of the man who oversaw reunification. Kohl, 85, had a hip operation in early May, which went well, and…

  • Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on

    By Sanjeev Miglani KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again. The refugees worry…

  • Rescuers race against clock to find survivors of China ship

    Chinese rescuers were working through the night in a desperate race to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship, with more than 400 people still missing after the boat sank in a storm on the Yangtze river. By Tuesday night just 14 people had been confirmed as surviving after the Dongfangzhixing,…

  • French arms exports in 2014 'best in 15 years'

    French arms exports rose 18 percent in 2014, according to a defence ministry report published Tuesday, the country's best export performance for 15 years. France sold 8.2 billion euros ($9.1 billion) of weapons last year, mainly due to clinching five "large" contracts (defined as more than 200…