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  • Indian police charge ex-minister, Malaysian tycoon in telecoms scandal

    By Devidutta Tripathy MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's federal police have filed charges against a former minister, his media mogul brother, and a Malaysian tycoon over alleged corruption to help Malaysia's Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile phone carrier eight years ago. South Indian…

    Reuters
  • What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

    NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along…

    Associated Press
  • US steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

    The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran's nuclear program, support of terrorism and evasion of US and international sanctions. President Barack Obama's administration emphasized that it was still pursuing a negotiated solution…

    AFP
  • US sanctions firms, individuals for aiding Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday sanctioned more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions.

    Associated Press
  • Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

    The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving…

    AFP
  • Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

    In this photo by Koji Sasahara, people walk across the scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Friday afternoon. The Shibuya district is popular with young people and tourists and is known for entertainment and nightlife as well as high-tech ventures.

    Associated Press
  • Strong demand in Asia fuels ginseng poaching in US

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (AP) — A rising number of people are traipsing through U.S. national forests, state parks, and even private property to hunt ginseng, threatening the survival of a plant in high demand in Asia.

    Associated Press
  • US admiral urges China on South China Sea disputes

    HONOLULU (AP) — China should act like a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea without coercion instead of raising tensions, the head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.

    Associated Press
  • Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

    Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. US President Barack Obama led a chorus of growing international condemnation over…

    AFP
  • U.S., China plan followup to Sunnylands summit in November

    President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, at odds over China's increasing assertiveness in Asia and issues such as cyberspying, plan a followup to their informal summit in California last year after November's APEC summit in Beijing. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation…

    Reuters
  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

    AFP
  • Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base

    By Greg Torode and Megha Rajagopalan HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - One Chinese naval officer has advice for fighter pilots intercepting U.S. The comments by Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong from the National Defense University in Beijing, reported in state media this week, reflect what Chinese…

    Reuters
  • Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

    In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says the girl and two boys are healthy and have grown to about a kilogram in weight since their birth July 29. The cubs were…

    Associated Press
  • Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, vowed Thursday to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

    Associated Press
  • PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise

    BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, said Thursday its first-half profit rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased.

    Associated Press
  • China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo. Relations between China and Japan have…

    Reuters