• U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

    By Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on…

  • Hong Kong expects large pro-democracy rally as it marks 1997 handover

    By Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some seven months after Hong Kong police forcibly cleared pro-democracy street protesters from the streets, tens of thousands of people are expected to rally for free elections on Wednesday as the city marks the 18th anniversary of its return to China. Security…

  • China adopts new law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

    China's legislature adopted a national security law on Wednesday that will enable authorities to "take all necessary" measures to safeguard territorial sovereignty and ensure full control over the country's Internet infrastructure. A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of…

  • As South Carolina mulls furling flag, pro-Confederate protests grow

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has called for lawmakers to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House, appears to have the votes to make that happen, according to an assessment by the Associated Press and other media outlets. Long hailed as a genteel reminder of…

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  • Why native Hawaiians are saying no to a $1.4 billion telescope

    If everything goes according to plan, a powerful telescope with the potential to change astronomy research as we know it will soon be erected atop Hawaii's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, home to more than 250 shrines and burial sites, is said to be the place where the mother and father of…

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  • Is Jeb Bush’s show of transparency working?

    The Republican presidential candidate is set to release 33 years of tax returns online Tuesday afternoon, a move that would set a new record in terms of financial documents made public by a politician. It’s also a political strategy that Bush has long employed – to questionable success. …

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  • Girl Scouts return $100,000 pledge after donor excludes transgender girls

    “We were thrilled,” said Megan Ferland, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, as she told Seattle Metropolitan about the day her organization received a $100,000 donation earlier this year. 

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.

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  • New China law to boost cyber security

    BEIJING (AP) — China's has passed sweeping new legislation reinforcing government controls over cyberspace in the wake of what it called growing threats to Chinese networks.

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  • Solar Impulse reaches half way in Japan-US leg

    A solar-powered aircraft flying between Japan and Hawaii as part of a round-the-world bid passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing Wednesday, and smashed its own endurance record. By that time, the plane and its veteran Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg had logged 56 hours of…

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  • Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in Indonesia jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, as officials confirmed a bigger-than-previously-reported passenger list and a growing number of victims from the neighborhood where the plane went down.

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  • The Latest on Indonesia: Jokowi orders procurement overhaul

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The latest on the Indonesian military plane crash (all times local):

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  • Asian stocks higher as investors watch Greek debt talks

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose on Wednesday as investors watched to see the next step as Greece fell into arrears after failing to make a debt repayment on Tuesday. Investors worry a default on its debts will lead Greece to eventually drop out of the euro currency, a move that could potentially set…

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  • Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year

    A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions," the UN refugee…

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  • Thousands expected at Hong Kong pro-democracy rally

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kongers are set to take to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy for the Asian financial hub in a rally that follows a turbulent year of protests over political reform.

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  • Water point 'bank machines' boost Kenya slums

    Around the world people use bank machines to access cash but in the Kenyan capital's crowded slums, people now use similar machines to access an even more basic requirement -- clean water. In a bid to boost access to clean water, four water dispensing machines have been installed in Nairobi slums…

  • Year into Sisi's power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

    By Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011. To be sure, Sisi is…