• China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Liu, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the 48th…

  • Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

    At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said. Most of the dead were civilians on the ground in the Idlib provincial town that fell to a coalition…

  • Israel says allows harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, and possibly let security services violently shake detainees, following a deadly West Bank arson attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday. The announcement came a…

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  • Nigeria says military has freed 178 captives of Boko Haram

    Two weeks after Nigeria’s new president shook up his Army by forcing out 25 top generals, a military spokesman said 178 people had been rescued from Boko Haram. If it proves true – Nigerian officials have in the past walked back such claims – the operation would be good news for President…

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  • Syrian war: As neighbors seek border enclaves, a de facto partition?

    The agreement between the United States and Turkey to establish some form of protected zone in northern Syria that is free of the extremist Islamic State heralds a potentially significant shift in Syria’s grueling civil war. While the details of how the countries will enforce the zone remain…

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  • Are students held captive by rising textbook prices? How to cut the cost

    Textbook prices have risen by 1,041 percent since 1977 according to NBC’s recent review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. College Board suggested that college students budget anywhere between $1,200 and $1,350 for books and supplies in the 2014-2015 school year. What can college students…

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  • Elderly couple provides 'safe school' in their home: a solution to bullying?

    The students, aged between 11 and 16, typically spend around a year at the Northleigh House School studying English, math, and science, taught by a mainly part-time staff of 22. Some of you may find my next statement surprising: We should want our children to feel some emotional pain when they are…

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  • Indian Parliament speaker bars 25 lawmakers for 'disorder'

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The speaker of India's Parliament on Monday barred 25 opposition legislators from its sessions for the rest of the week for causing "grave disorder" after they created noisy scenes.

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  • Moroccan dies while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase

    MADRID (AP) — Authorities say a Moroccan man has died from suffocation while being smuggled by his brother into Spain inside a suitcase that was in the trunk of a car on a ferry crossing.

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  • German gov't stresses press freedom amid treason probe

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff stressed the German government's commitment to protecting press freedom Monday in the wake of a much-criticized decision by federal prosecutors to open a treason investigation against two journalists.

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  • Pelosi praises papal climate encyclical during Italy visit

    MILAN (AP) — Leading U.S. Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Monday called the pope's climate encyclical "an important new effective asset" in pushing forward policy to slow global warming by bringing aboard a new audience.

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  • Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area

    BAGO, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited one of the country's many flood-afflicted areas Monday, raising her profile during a national disaster that could have consequences in this November's general election.

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  • Syrian air raids, warplane crash kill at least 17 people

    BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids in a northwestern town in Syria and a subsequent crash by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there killed at least 17 people on Monday, activists said.

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  • Missing Special Olympics athlete turns up far from city

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles has turned up safe 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in a San Francisco Bay Area city.

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  • Malaysian agency: money in Najib's accounts came from donors

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-corruption agency says $700 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund.

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  • UK police watchdog to probe abuse claim against ex-PM Heath

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's police watchdog says it will investigate whether police failed to pursue an allegation of child sexual abuse against the late Prime Minister Edward Heath in the 1990s.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors…

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  • India orders telecoms to block more than 850 adult websites

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has ordered Internet service providers to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.

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