• As Beijing flexes muscles in South China Sea, Malaysia eyes harder response

    By Joseph Sipalan MIRI, Malaysia (Reuters) - Spotting a large vessel off the coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol boat were shocked when it steamed toward them at high speed, blaring its horn before veering off to reveal "Chinese Coast Guard" emblazoned on its side. …

  • North Korea's missile and nuclear projects unacceptable, Japan envoy says

    North Korea's intention to carry on with its nuclear and missile programs cannot be tolerated, Japan's chief envoy to stalled six-party talks for denuclearizing North Korea said on Wednesday after talks with U.S. and South Korean counterparts. North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east…

  • Japan PM delaying sales tax rise, fiscal reform on back burner

    By Linda Sieg and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers on Wednesday that he has decided to delay a scheduled sales tax hike by two-and-a-half years, putting his plans for fiscal reforms on the back burner amid more weakness in the economy. The…

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  • Why major powers can't manage to air drop supplies to Syria

    The inability of major powers to implement a modest aid airdrop to more than 500,000 Syrians, set to begin June 1, suggests their unwillingness to intervene forcefully in the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Recommended: How well do you understand the conflict in Syria? On one level, the inability…

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  • In wake of Cincinnati zoo tragedy, how best to protect endangered species?

    A 400-pound silverback gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Saturday after a little boy fell into the animal’s enclosure. Zoo officials said they made the "difficult" decision because the gorilla, a 17-year-old named Harambe, was acting erratically toward the…

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  • Following migrant shipwrecks, Paris will build first official camp

    The week after the body of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy, washed onto a beach in Turkey in September, France agreed to welcome in 24,000 asylum-seekers over two years. Now, after three separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean starting a week ago killed at least 700 migrants, the Parisian…

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  • Taiwan shines a light on a dark past

    In her inaugural speech May 20 as Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen announced a truth and reconciliation commission for her island nation. Ms. Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party want the panel to investigate human rights abuses committed under military rule between 1947…

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  • UN warns 20,000 children are trapped in Iraq's Fallujah

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. children's fund on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants in the battle for Fallujah to spare the children, the most vulnerable among the tens of thousands of civilians who remain trapped by the fighting for control of this city west of…

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  • Mali's arm wrestlers grapple for recognition

    A group of young men with muscles to rival Popeye are hoping to make explosive arm wrestling bouts a national pastime in Mali after showcasing their skills in the first international tournament the country has hosted. Sibiri "Superman" Traore and Mamadou "the German" Sylla fought it out with arms…

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  • Top Asian News 7:13 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Leni Robredo was a college student three decades ago when she rose with multitudes of Filipinos in a largely peaceful revolt that ousted Ferdinand Marcos as the world watched in awe. Now a neophyte 52-year-old politician, Robredo defeated Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son…

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  • Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders

    Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters. Duterte, who won last month's elections in a…

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  • Dead tigers found in Thai temple amid trafficking fears

    Thai wildlife authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer in Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple on Wednesday as they removed live animals in response to international pressure over suspected trafficking and abuse. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok had become a…

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  • French Open Lookahead: Frenchman Gasquet faces Murray in QF

    PARIS (AP) — The wait had better be worth it for tennis fans when Richard Gasquet finally takes on Andy Murray in the French Open quarterfinals — weather allowing on Wednesday.

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  • In Mozambique, a return to the horrors of civil war

    Decomposing corpses in the bush, destroyed villages, abductions -- in the central Mozambican district of Gorongosa clashes between the army and rebels have revived the spectre of a civil war that ended 20 years ago. "It has been two months since I have found these bodies and no one has come to…

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  • India tops world slavery list, but charity cites improvement

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A charity aimed at rescuing children from forced labor said Wednesday that while India tops a recent global slavery index, the situation is improving in the South Asian nation.

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  • Turkey says German vote on Armenia killings will harm ties

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says relations with Germany will be harmed if the German parliament votes to describe the killing of Armenians last century as genocide.

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  • India's Tata Steel completes Europe pipe division sale

    India's Tata Steel announced Wednesday that it had completed the sale of its European piping business to British-based investment firm Greybull Capital as it sells off its loss-making UK assets. Tata, which is currently struggling to find a buyer for its major steelworks in South Wales, announced…

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  • Venezuela leader urges rally after telling OAS to 'shove it'

    President Nicolas Maduro has called for a demonstration Wednesday against the Organization of American States over what he labels its meddling in Venezuela's political crisis. The verbal barrage came after OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro called for an urgent meeting on the Venezuelan crisis,…

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  • Shock as Honduras national park cleared to halt bugs

    A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue. Authorities are clearing huge swathes of forest in La Tigra National Park, seven kilometers (five miles)…

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  • Hong Kong police in court over 'beating' protester

    Seven Hong Kong police officers were in court Wednesday over the beating of a pro-democracy protester during mass rallies in 2014, an incident which was captured on film and beamed around the world. On the first day of their highly anticipated trial, the seven men all pleaded not guilty to the…

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