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  • Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.

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  • China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses

    China's Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft…

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  • Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.

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  • Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China.

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  • Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

    BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country's transport minister said Monday.

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  • Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two major companies in a prominent $1.4 billion Asia investment fund managed by New York banking giant Morgan Stanley unexpectedly told securities regulators they will not file their financial statements on time and froze trading in their stocks, actions generally considered to be…

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  • Former FIFA official Fernando loses appeal against life ban

    GENEVA (AP) — A former FIFA executive committee member lost his appeal against a life ban for corruption in a long-running case of alleged bribery in a 2009 election.

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  • Uzbek strongman re-elected in landslide, OSCE dubious

    Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov cruised to a new five-year term Monday after facing a minimal challenge, prompting withering criticism from Western observers. The election commission in the tightly controlled Central Asian state said Karimov, 77, won more than 90 percent of the vote in Sunday's…

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  • Afghanistan's Ghani walks tightrope over US, Pakistan ties

    In pursuing rapprochement with Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is the very antithesis of his fiery predecessor, but his unprecedented diplomatic overtures have prompted rumblings of unease back home. Since coming to power in September, Ghani has sought to jumpstart…

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  • France's Senate debates punishing prostitutes' customers

    PARIS (AP) — A French bill which aims to make it illegal to buy sex is being turned upside down by the Senate, led by the conservative opposition.

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  • Image of Asia: A blessing from Amma the Hugging Saint

    In this photo by Saurabh Das, spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi hugs to bless a devotee during a prayer meeting in New Delhi. Known among her followers as "Amma," which means "mother" in several Indian languages, Amritanandamayi has devotees in India and the rest of the world. She is also…

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  • Global stocks get European economy and Yellen boost

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets started the week strongly Monday following strong European economic figures and as investors cheered an indication from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that U.S. interest rates would rise only gradually. Chinese stocks soared Monday on hopes of more…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Singaporeans mourned the death of their deeply admired longtime leader, Lee Kuan Yew, with people forming long lines last week to pay their respects and write condolence messages.

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  • Runaway rhino kills one, injures six in Nepal

    A rhinoceros that had wandered off a wildlife reserve rampaged through a town in central Nepal on Monday, leaving one woman dead and six people injured, police said. A local police official said the animal travelled some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the unfenced reserve to the town in Makwanpur…

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  • With Lee's passing, Mahathir is last of SE Asia's old guards

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common — a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries.

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  • Uzbekistan's election sees turnout at 91 percent

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's election commission said 91 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion.

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  • Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral

    More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. "The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished," his son, Prime Minister Lee…

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