• South Korea concert victims' families call for leniency

    By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The families of 16 people who died after falling through a ventilation shaft at a South Korean open-air concert asked for leniency on Monday for event organizers despite fresh concerns about safety six months after a ferry disaster. Opposition lawmakers chided the…

  • Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

    By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman. Widodo's narrow victory over a former…

  • Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: paper

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday. The joint operation would make its…

  • Why no US travel bans from Ebola hot spots? They might make things worse

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) says it "makes sense." Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) calls it the "right policy." And House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio said President Obama should "absolutely consider" it.

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  • Keene Pumpkin Festival fits trend: students rioting for no good reason

    Of all the events likely to set off a fully fledged student riot of car tipping, broken signs, and open street fires, the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, N.H., would probably not top many lists.

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  • Obama's first victory in Iraq war

    President Obama’s war in Iraq, aimed at destroying the Islamic State group, won a key victory Saturday. But it was not a military one. Rather it was a victory over the major religious fault-line in the Middle East.

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  • To spank or not to spank: Corporal punishment in the US

    The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Ms. Haase knew what would happen if her father got angry. If she or one of her siblings talked back, or perhaps turned on the TV when they were not…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's chief executive says "external forces" are involved in pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in a televised interview Sunday that "there is obviously participation by…

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  • Japan PM Abe suffers setback as two ministers quit

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's new trade and industry minister quit over a funding scandal on Monday and the justice minister resigned after being accused of violating electoral laws, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since taking office in 2012. The resignations of the…

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  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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  • Costa set to miss out for Chelsea against Maribor

    The likely absence of Diego Costa should not stop Chelsea staying in command of Group G of the Champions League, with the Premier League leader a big favorite to beat Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

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  • Japan's Abe: wants to name new trade, justice ministers on Monday

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants to name replacements for the trade and justice ministers on Monday after they resigned earlier in the day. Abe said he accepted Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima's resignations over questionable…

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  • Japan leads Asia stocks higher after US rebound

    Asian stock markets rose Monday, led by a near 4 percent surge in Japan, after Wall Street's rebound eased nerves about the outlook for the world economy and investors looked ahead to a report on China's economic growth.

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  • Franco-German mini-summit to tackle growth, budget

    Berlin (AFP) - French and German ministers are due to meet Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

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  • China's ruling party opens meeting on rule of law

    BEIJING (AP) — The conundrum of bolstering rule of law in Communist Party-run China was on the agenda for the ruling party's top leaders Monday as they opened a four-day conclave to guide policy for the coming year.

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