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  • Thai ex-PM impeachment could appear 'politically driven': US envoy

    A top US diplomat Monday said Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment could be perceived as "politically driven" after meeting the former premier in Bangkok as the most senior Washington official to visit Thailand since the coup. On Monday US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific…

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  • Russian riot police raid Crimean Tatar TV channel

    Masked Russian riot police on Monday raided the office of a television channel serving Crimean Tatars, a minority ethnic group in Crimea that opposed Moscow's seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine last year. In a move the Organization for Security and Cooperation slammed as "intrusion" against the…

    AFP
  • Ex-Thai PM's party vows calm, U.S. calls for inclusive politics

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate against a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a leading party figure said the movement could survive without the powerful family.…

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  • Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms. Environmentalists who favor…

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  • After making history, Nishikori still getting used to No. 5

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's only been a couple of months since Kei Nishikori moved into the No. 5 ranking, and he's not yet comfortable with the number.

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  • Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

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  • AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.

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    There was political turmoil in Nepal, a move to indict Thailand's former president and preparations in India to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama.

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  • That's Amoory - not Messi, says Socceroos boss

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final in Newcastle between the free-scoring Socceroos and the tournament's surprise package United Arab Emirates is not about the new "Messi or Ronaldo". The bushy-haired Omar Abdulrahman has excelled in the Gulf side's sensational run…

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  • Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

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  • Lin disappointed by benching, but not giving up on Lakers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Lin acknowledges he was surprised and disappointed by his first complete benching in nearly three years.

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  • South Korea storm past Iraq into Asian Cup final

    South Korea stormed into the Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq on Monday, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago. Goals from Lee Jeong-Hyeop and Kim Young-Gwon did the job for the Koreans, who dominated a wet semi-final in Sydney to move a step closer to…

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  • World leaders pay respects on Saudi day of mourning

    More foreign leaders flocked to Saudi Arabia paying their respects to King Salman on Sunday, as the normally gridlocked streets of Riyadh turned quiet during a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah. The latest arrivals included Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud…

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  • Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss

    Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the…

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  • Uganda seizes massive ivory and pangolin haul

    Ugandan wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals, police said Sunday. Over 700 kilograms of ivory -- worth almost $1.5 million on the black market -- and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were…

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  • South Korea wary of another Iraq shock at Asian Cup

    South Korea will be praying lightning does not strike twice when they face Iraq in the Asian Cup semi-finals on Monday, having limped to the last four battered and bruised. The Koreans have failed to win Asia's showcase tournament since 1960 -- a curious anomaly for a country with a proud…

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  • Factbox: Obama and Modi aim high with India summit

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Obama's visit is a fresh bid to make Asia's third-largest economy an enduring strategic partner and nurture his friendship with…

    Reuters