• 'Made in China' nuclear reactors a tough sell in global market

    By Charlie Zhu and David Stanway HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - As China signs global deals to export its nuclear power technology, it faces a huge obstacle: it still needs to show it can build and safely operate these reactors at home. Aided by foreign technology acquired during three decades of…

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  • Myanmar police arrest five student protesters in town near Yangon

    By Soe Zeya Tun LETPADAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar arrested five students on Friday from among a crowd of about 200 protesters locked in a standoff with security forces barring their entry into the commercial hub of Yangon, a Reuters witness said. A group of students began marching…

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  • Thai junta decries planned two-year ban on politics for its members

    Members of Thailand's junta, which took over the country after last May's military coup, on Friday dismissed a suggestion that they should be banned from politics for two years to prevent them from holding on to power. A panel appointed by the military government to draft a new constitution…

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  • Frank Richter uses the power of talk to help German towns think about immigrants

    Not long ago Neukirch, a German town of 5,000 people near the Czech border, was in trouble. The news that as many as 100 asylum seekers would soon be living in their midst landed like a bomb and exploded citizens into action. Then Frank Richter arrived. Set among rolling hills in eastern…

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  • Two days into Boston Marathon bombing trial, defense already facing challenges

    The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is only two days old, yet the presiding judge has already made several rulings that could have important implications for Mr. Tsarnaev’s defense and, ultimately, whether he lives or dies. Before testimony began on Thursday, Tsarnaev’s…

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  • Why Arab leaders are telling Obama to listen to Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have looked like he stood alone at the podium as he addressed Congress this week. Already alarmed at the gains the Shiite government in Tehran is making in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now apparently in Yemen, Sunni Arab leaders worry that an American…

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  • Kansas bill targets teachers who expose kids to 'harmful' materials

    Sparked by a middle-school sex education poster to which a parent objected, the bill is one of a series of battles – in Kansas and beyond – over such curriculum and the roles of parents and educators in determining what’s appropriate. Supporters see the bill as a protection to children in a…

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • South Korea police investigate U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. U.S. ambassador Mark…

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  • Australia complains over Indonesia's treatment of death row prisoners

    By Lincoln Feast and Eveline Danubrata SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after a smiling Indonesian police chief was photographed posing with the men, officials said on…

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  • Higher food prices, typhoon worsen poverty in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Poverty worsened in the Philippines in the first half of 2014 due to government restrictions on rice imports and the lingering effects of a killer typhoon, an official said Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police on Friday investigated the motives of the anti-U.S. activist they say slashed the U.S. ambassador to South Korea as questions turned to whether security was neglected. The attack Thursday on Mark Lippert, which prompted rival North Korea to gloat about "knife…

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  • As world moves on, MH370 families find solace in each other

    NANJING, China (AP) — For the past year, Wang Zheng has been avoiding one place: the modest apartment where his parents had been living for more 20 years in downtown Nanjing until they vanished along with the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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  • Hong Kong democrats hail 'honourable' UK MPs after report

    Hong Kong's democrat lawmakers called British MPs "honourable" Friday for highlighting concern over the erosion of freedoms by China in a new report -- but said the city has to fight its own battles. China announced in August last year that candidates running for the city's chief executive in 2017…

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  • Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Iraqi city: government

    Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, the government and a local tribal source said. The destruction at Nimrud came a week after the radical Islamist militants released a video showing them destroying Assyrian era statues and…

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  • Emirates forges special relationship with el-Sissi's Egypt

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This small Gulf nation, known for its soaring skyscrapers and mercantile bent, is making itself into the most stalwart ally of the Arab world's biggest country.

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  • Chinese city shuts factories as environmental law bites

    By Ruby Lian and Polly Yam SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - An industrial city in eastern China has closed several factories, including many steel and nickel pig iron producers, in an apparent sign the government is stepping up enforcement of a new environmental law in the face of growing public…

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