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  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

    Associated Press
  • Philippines: Growth shows we're no longer sick man of Asia

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year.

    Associated Press
  • Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.

    Associated Press
  • Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested…

    Reuters
  • Experts in crisis talks to save rare rhino from extinction

    Conservationists and scientists met in Kenya this week to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. There are only five northern whites left on the planet -- three live in a 700-acre enclosure on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, while the…

    AFP
  • Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The…

    Reuters
  • US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

    Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party. "There is no doubt that we are very concerned about the freedom of…

    AFP
  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    NEW YORK (AP) — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Mass wedding and an army parade in Indonesia

    In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, brides and grooms sit on top of an Indonesian army vehicle during a mass wedding organized in Jakarta for couples who could not afford the ceremony on their own. Thousands of couples registered for the event sponsored by the Jakarta government, a foundation and the…

    Associated Press
  • Sven lures Conca back to China in '$11m' deal

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lured Argentine star Dario Conca back to the Chinese Super League, his club Shanghai SIPG said Wednesday, on a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year. "Conca will arrive in Shanghai soon and will be formally signed after a medical," the…

    AFP
  • Kazakhstan bans rallies, fearing Ukraine-style turmoil: U.N. report

    Kazakhstan says it has clamped down on peaceful rallies out of fear of a repeat of the protests that brought chaos to Ukraine, a United Nations special rapporteur said in a critical report on the central Asian state. Kazakhstan's strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sought to play the role…

    Reuters
  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime…

    Associated Press
  • Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit: Yonhap

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday, citing a Kremlin spokesman. The trip would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking power in the…

    Reuters
  • Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.

    Associated Press
  • What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

    Associated Press
  • Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

    US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a…

    AFP
  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.

    Associated Press