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  • Almaty 2022 Winter Olympic bid at a glance

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will vote Friday on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, choosing between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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  • Fur trade a goldmine for China's Olympic bid city

    China's proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country's "fur capital" is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favourite to win the right to host the 2022…

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  • U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

    By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South…

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  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

    By Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been…

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  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, Afghanistan says

    Taliban supremo Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan said on Wednesday, after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric. The insurgents have not officially confirmed the death of their spiritual leader, who has not been seen…

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  • Two held for killing five elephants in Kenyan reserve

    Two suspected poachers have been arrested in Kenya over the killing of five elephants in Tsavo National Park, wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The Kenya Wildlife Service said a major manhunt was in progress to catch the rest of the poaching gang following the discovery of the bodies of a…

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  • For dating apps in Asia, love by numbers or chaperone

    Move over Tinder -- a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West encourage one-on-one, often no-strings-attached meetings, many in Asia are as much…

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  • 2 Indians among recipients of 2015 Magsaysay Award

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Indian anti-corruption campaigner and a fellow countryman who recycles clothes for the poor are among this year's recipients of the Philippines' Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

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  • Image of Asia: Welcoming Turkey's president to Beijing

    In this photo by Ng Han Guan, a child plays with Chinese and Turkish national flags before a welcome ceremony for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. About two dozen children waved the flags and hoisted flowers when Erdogan and Chinese President Xi…

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  • China says to fight terror, people smuggling with Turkey

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The leaders of China and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror and people smuggling, a senior Chinese diplomat said, following friction between the two over Uighurs from China's Xinjiang who have fled to Turkey. Hundreds,…

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  • Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc.

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  • Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say. A…

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  • Warplanes attack air base near Yemen's Aden

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashef SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Warplanes attacked Houthi militia in control of Yemen's largest air base north of Aden on Tuesday, seeking to expand territorial gains made by Saudi-led coalition forces since they captured the southern port city last week. …

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  • AP Sources: Michel Platini will run for FIFA president

    GENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week.

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  • China conducts air, sea drills in South China Sea

    China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbors. The live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well as…

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  • Loss-making AirAsia X aims to be profitable by year-end

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X said Tuesday it expects to return to operational profit by the end of the year and is open to foreign investment.

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  • South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

    South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy. Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang…

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  • A look at Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — The Central Asian city of Almaty is vying with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The winner will be selected Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here's a quick look at Almaty's bid:

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