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  • Global stocks, oil stabilize after Fed statement

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares and the price of oil stabilized on Thursday during European trading hours after the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year.

    Associated Press
  • About 40 migrants missing off Bangladesh after their boats sinks

    About 40 illegal migrants heading from Bangladesh to Malaysia to look for work were missing on Thursday after their boat sank, police said. More than 70 people were heading out to sea near Kutubdia island, 415 km (260 miles) southeast of Dhaka, when their wooden boat sank, police said. Police…

    Reuters
  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

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  • 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.

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  • Philippines says peace pact collapse would aid terrorists

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has warned that the collapse of a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would abet terrorism and fresh violence after criticism of the accord followed the killing of 44 police commandos in what authorities said was an accidental…

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  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Electrolux swings to profit despite sagging income in US

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Home appliance maker Electrolux swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, citing cost cuts and rising sales.

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  • 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…

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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