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  • Europe vows to fight for reform despite Blatter's win

    Europe's top soccer officials have vowed not to give up their fight to reform FIFA despite failing in their bid to oust Sepp Blatter as president of the sport's world governing body. UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the driving forces behind Europe's push to get rid of Blatter, said he was…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis

    BANGKOK (AP) — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • THE LATEST: Jordan praises performance of Prince Ali

    ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:

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  • China deployed artillery in S.China Sea: US officials

    China recently deployed two artillery pieces on one of its artificial islands in the contested South China Sea, US defense officials said Friday, in an unprecedented move that will heighten suspicion of Beijing's intentions. The heavy weapons, since removed, posed no security threat but their…

    AFP53 mins ago
  • Bangladeshi couple spot abducted son in press photo of boat migrants

    "I am 100 percent sure that it is him," said Selina Akhtar, mother of Mohammad Sabbir Hasan, as she held up a copy of Kalerkantha, a Bangladeshi daily which published the picture taken by the AFP news agency. Thousands of people, mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis, have been…

  • Myanmar finds boat with 727 migrants off south coast

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's navy seized a boat packed with 727 people off the country's southern coast on Friday, the government said, about a week after it found a similar vessel it said carried around 200 Bangladeshi migrants. Most of those on board…

  • EU, Japan say wary of unilateral actions in South China Sea

    The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions. "We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and…

  • S. Korea confirms 12 MERS cases

    South Korea confirmed five MERS cases Friday, bringing the total number of patients infected with the potentially deadly virus to 12, including a man who defied a quarantine protocol and travelled to China, health officials said. The infections were all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old…

  • After 50 years, stateless Shona still trapped in Kenya's shadows

    By Maina Waruru NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a village on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, 53-year-old Margaret Maposa embroiders seat covers for a customer, sitting with her niece Elizabeth Moyo, who is weaving a multi-colored basket. Both women wear white headscarves,…

  • FGM campaigners: Nigeria ban welcome, but work not over

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists on Friday welcomed Nigeria's new law banning female genital mutilation (FGM), but warned that legislation alone will not be enough to eradicate the practice. According to 2014 U.N. data, a quarter of Nigerian women have undergone…

  • Break the vicious cycle, Singapore tells South China Sea rivals

    By Rujun Shen and David Alexander SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the "vicious cycle" of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway. Inaugurating…

  • Image of Asia: Sleeping outside to beat the heat

    In this photo by Tsering Topgyal, a family sleeps on the roof of a house to beat the heat in New Delhi. Sleeping outside is common for people who live in neighborhoods with irregular electric supply or in buildings that are crowded or made of heat-trapping concrete. A baking heat wave this month…

    Associated Press
  • Myanmar agrees to tackle causes of migrant crisis: Thai official

    Myanmar agrees with a wide-ranging plan to deal with the root causes of Southeast Asia's migrant crisis, a Thai Foreign Ministry official said on Friday at the conclusion of an international meeting on migration. "Myanmar agreed to this paper," Norachit Sinhaseni, permanent secretary of Thailand's…

  • Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,786 killed in heat wave

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate…

  • South African rhino gets treated after poacher attack

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino in South Africa that survived an attack by poachers who cut off her horns, leaving a massive wound on her face, has had a setback in her medical treatment. However, conservationists said Friday that the rhino is starting to heal.

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  • Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game

    Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands. Little noticed in the heated debate over the potential military use of China's holdings is a growing…

  • Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people

    BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok has agreed to allow the U.S. military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats, a Thai official said Friday.

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  • Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks

    Myanmar rebuked the UN Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being "singled out" for criticism at international talks. Tensions over Southeast Asia's migrant crisis were exposed as delegates from 17 nations gathered to…

  • Blatter the right man for the job says power-broker Sheikh Ahmad

    By Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the right man for the job and should be re-elected for another four years on Friday, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, one of the most powerful men in world sport, has told Reuters in an interview. The Kuwaiti was…