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  • Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in BA-owner IAG

    Qatar Airways on Friday snapped up almost 10 percent of IAG, parent of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, in the second European entry by a Gulf carrier. "As part of efforts to enhance operations and strengthen existing commercial ties... Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99 percent stake in…

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  • Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

    GENEVA (AP) — Two would-be FIFA presidents stepped up campaigning on Friday after nominations closed to challenge Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world football.

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  • Thai 'confidence' in anti-trafficking record belied by statistics

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders. The U.S. State…

  • EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.

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  • AirAsia X sets rights issue, revamps management in turnaround bid

    By Trinna Leong and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Struggling Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X announced a $109 million equity rights issue to shore up its weak financing and reshuffled top management in a bid to turn around its fortunes. AirAsia X, an affiliate…

  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace…

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  • Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

    Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defence on Saturday when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final between two of the region's heavyweights. The Socceroos are desperate to win a first Asian title on home soil, but to do so they will have to find a way through…

  • U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea

    By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States would welcome a Japanese extension of air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing China's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters. Regular…

  • Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast Friday, after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent due to recall expenses.

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  • Asian football boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report

    Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries…

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  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.

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  • China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

    Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions. The measures were designed to "prevent people spreading harmful…

  • Thai vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BAN BANG YAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team. He actually belongs to a motley group of Thai civilians who, frustrated by their government's lacklustre response to human trafficking,…

  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    GENEVA (AP) — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win.

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  • Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.

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  • H5N1 bird flu spreads to 11 states in Nigeria: govt

    Nigeria on Thursday confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread from seven to 11 states within a week, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of poultry but no human cases. Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina told an emergency meeting on the outbreak that "as of yesterday…

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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.

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