• Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

    By Donny Kwok and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Demonstrators…

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  • Japan to send officials to North Korea for update on abductee investigation

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending a team to North Korea next week for an update on the investigation into the fate of citizens kidnapped decades ago, despite the objections of some of their family members, its top government spokesman said on Wednesday. Japan eased some sanctions on North Korea in…

  • Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism. The retractions also come amid growing…

  • On Jordan-Syria border, a forced coexistence spurs bullying among children

    In this country, insulting the king can land you in jail.

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  • DHS to funnel passengers traveling from Ebola hotspots through five US airports

    The Department of Homeland Security announced new travel restrictions Tuesday for people arriving in the United States from Ebola hotspots in West Africa.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • World Series 2014: Royals or Giants – the 'experts' try to pick a winner

    The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are taking part in the 110th annual World Series. Game 1 is Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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  • In Hong Kong, a global contest over models of governance

    In an interview Monday, the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, may have admitted the real reason China refuses to let the people of that semiautonomous city choose their candidates for a 2017 election: the poor might dominate the results.

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  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden belt on Tuesday in a mosque in busy commercial area in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 people, Iraqi officials said, as the country remains without a new government following last month's national elections.

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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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  • U.S. transfers Marine murder suspect to Philippine base

    MANILA (Reuters) - The United States has transferred a Marine suspected of the murder of a transgender Filipino to a Philippine military base under U.S. guard, the head of the Philippine armed forces said, in line with a legal agreement between the two countries. U.S. Private First Class Joseph…

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  • Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's president

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

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  • Indonesian president says eight cabinet choices not approved

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday the country's anti-graft agency did not approve eight of his cabinet choices. Widodo, who took office on Monday, told a news conference he would announce his cabinet of 33 ministers as soon as possible. (Reporting by Kanupriya…

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  • NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card…

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  • FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

    DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

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  • Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel. Their plant, based in the southeastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, will be able to convert just under 240,000 litres a year of used cooking oil…

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  • Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

    BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits. In an unprecedented two-hour televised meeting Tuesday, the students…

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  • Saudi sentences two more to death for Shiite protests

    Riyadh (AFP) - A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two more people to death in connection with protests by minority Shiites that began three years ago, official media said.

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