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  • Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

    GUNKANJIMA, Japan (AP) — Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

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  • Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday unveiled the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan, with the focus on the military and economic growth. Iran says its military is purely defensive, but it is under an arms embargo and international sanctions over its…

  • Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump's brand?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be?

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  • Top Philippine police chief ordered dismissed over contract

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' anti-graft prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the national police chief and 10 other officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track record.

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  • UN rights office urges Thailand to free 14 student activists

    BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. human rights office called Tuesday on Thailand to release 14 student activists and drop the charges that were filed against them for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally.

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  • Big economic payback from 'most popular' Cricket World Cup

    The cricket World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand this year was the most popular ever and generated Aus$1.1 billion (US$844 million) in economic benefits, an official analysis showed Tuesday. Fourteen teams played in the hugely successful tournament in February and March, with Australia…

  • Asia stocks bounce back but Greece uncertainty still looms

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets bounced back Tuesday, recouping some of the previous day's sharp losses, but investors remained worried the crisis in Greece could spread to other financially weak countries.

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  • Third day with no new MERS cases in South Korea

    South Korea said Tuesday it had gone three days without any new cases of the deadly MERS virus, in a welcome boost to efforts to tackle the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The news came as the health ministry said an 81-year-old woman who contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in late…

  • Governments sign pact to create Chinese-led Asian bank

    BEIJING (AP) — Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure Monday that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power.

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  • Thai ice cream company apologizes for Facebook gay slur

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said Monday.

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  • Image of Asia: Walking in an Indian rainstorm

    In this photo by Channi Anand, a man walks with his cycle through a water-logged street as it rains in Jammu, India. The heavy rains lashing the city brought much-needed relief from a scorching heat wave. Temperatures exceeding 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Sunday dropped by 3 degrees on Monday in…

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  • Boom in 'voluntourism' sparks concerns over whether the industry is doing good

    By Gabriel Popham LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rapid growth in the multi-billion dollar volunteer tourism industry has prompted calls for tighter controls with concerns over exposing vulnerable communities to unskilled foreign labor and dodgy operators exploiting foreigners for profit. …

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    Indonesia's Mount Sinabung belched more volcanic ash and lava, part of its almost daily eruptions this month. The activity has forced thousands of villagers to evacuate to safer areas. It is one of about 130 active volcanoes across the sprawling country.

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  • Hundreds injured in Taiwan water park blast 'hell'

    Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the injured at nearly 500 on Sunday, more than 200 of them seriously hurt.

  • Hundreds still in hospital after fire at Taiwan music party

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said.

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  • Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda

    ST. LUCIA, South Africa (AP) — A conservation group plans to move seven lions from South Africa to a national park in Rwanda, where it says the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago.

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  • Fear or greed? China share plunge splits bulls and bears

    When China's main share index hit a seven-year high two weeks ago, it topped off a run that had seen it soar more than 150 percent over the previous 12 months, high among the world's best performers. Analysts are divided on whether the flood of minus signs on price screens signals the end of the…