• Malaysian police raid 1MDB office, Najib considers legal action over report

    By Trinna Leong and Yantoultra Ngui KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police raided the office of troubled state investment fund 1MDB on Wednesday, following a report that claimed investigators looking into the firm found nearly $700 million had been transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak's…

  • Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed after arrest on suspected drug offense

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Toyota Motor Corp executive Julie Hamp was freed from police custody on Wednesday after Tokyo prosecutors said they would not indict her for suspected illegal importing of the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, a U.S. citizen who…

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  • Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

    By John Irish and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and major powers gave themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours. "We are continuing to negotiate…

  • Vast majority of elected prosecutors in US are white, report finds

    When Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced charges in May against six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, much was made about her background. Ms. Mosby is also one of maybe a few dozen elected female prosecutors of color in the United States. …

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  • Why Greece and Iran seem willing to take on the world

    As global powers find themselves locked in face-offs with two relatively small states – economic powerhouse Germany and the European Union with Greece over its debt, and the United States and five other world powers with Iran over its nuclear program – exasperation is growing among the “bigs” that…

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  • Same sex couples denied marriage licenses despite Supreme Court verdict. Is this legal?

    Joe Stapleton and Jim Cato, a Texas couple who have been together for 27 years, were overjoyed by the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that ruled same-sex couples could marry in all 50 states. On Monday, the couple filed a federal lawsuit, which described their experiences as…

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  • Bill Cosby admission: What does it mean for pending cases?

    For years, Bill Cosby has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, but the comedian has denied the allegations. An unsealed court document first obtained by The Associated Press shows that in 2005 Mr. Cosby testified he got Quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, with the intent of giving them…

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  • Budapest announces intention to bid for 2024 Olympics

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The city of Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee have officially announced their intention to bid for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.

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  • Hong Kong stocks plunge on China rout, Greece fears

    Hong Kong equities plunged almost six percent Wednesday to a seven-month low as contagion from a rout in China spread into regional markets while traders are also buffeted by fears for Greece's future in the eurozone. It came as shares of Chinese oil giant Sinopec were suspended after more than…

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  • Greece, euro zone can still reach a deal: EU's Moscovici

    An agreement between Greece and its euro zone partners is still possible, EU Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Britain's BBC radio on Wednesday, adding that the future of the currency bloc was at stake in the talks. Euro zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come…

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  • German attempts to break down barriers for deaf in N. Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — In a country with zero kindergartens specifically for the deaf, Robert Grund wants to help establish the first — just a small suite of rooms for perhaps a couple dozen kids, in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, a city of roughly 2.5 million.

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  • Mediators want 'urgent de-escalation' in Colombia

    Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting. The appeal comes after clashes resumed in mid-April, following an ambush by the…

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  • Srebrenica massacre survivor speaks out after 20 years

    SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nedzad Avdic felt the blood of the previous victims sticking to his bare feet as he walked with his hands tied behind his back toward the exit of a school to be shot.

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  • American Toyota exec released from custody in Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's highest ranking woman executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations was released from custody without charges Wednesday.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — In a country with zero kindergartens specifically for the deaf, Robert Grund wants to help establish the first — just a small suite of rooms for perhaps a couple dozen kids, in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, a city of roughly 2.5 million. It's a small step, but…

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  • AP Photos: Egypt's urban expansion depletes Nile farmland

    SHUBRA KHIT, Egypt (AP) — Lush green farms once stretched all around the Nile River, the fertile dark soil a vital source of life since the Pharaonic times, when ancient Egyptians developed some of the first sophisticated farming methods in the region.

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  • 2 injured, no gorings in fast 2nd Pamplona bull-run

    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of thrill-seekers dashed alongside fighting bulls in the second bull-run of Pamplona's San Fermin festival Wednesday with just two people reported injured.

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