• Indonesia to review aging air force fleet after deadly crash

    By Roni Bintang MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's president promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defense modernization drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed to around 140. The…

  • Singapore PM takes to the stand for hours in blogger defamation case

    By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the stand for nearly seven hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a blogger he has successfully sued for defamation as the Supreme Court tried to decide how much he should be paid in damages. Lee sued Roy…

  • Toyota's top female executive steps down after arrest in Japan

    Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday that Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, a U.S. citizen, leaves Toyota about a month after she relocated to Tokyo to become the…

  • 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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  • Food aid to Syrian refugees cut in half amid funding crisis

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program says it had to cut in half food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan.

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  • US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies, a major step

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.

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  • Thai crackdown on rogue fishing as fears grow over EU ban

    A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse a key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year. Barrels of fish packed in ice are usually rolled off boats at a bustling port…

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  • Merkel says 'Europe's future not at stake' in Greek crisis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that "the future of Europe is not at stake" because of the crisis over Greece after the breakdown of debt talks and expiry of its aid programme. "Yes, these are turbulent days.

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  • The Latest: Cyprus says latest Greek offer is significant

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

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  • Syria Kurds regain control of Tal Abyad after IS attack

    Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad on Wednesday, expelling Islamic State group fighters who had seized a district of the strategic border town, a monitor said. "Kurdish fighters expelled IS from the Mashur al-Fawqani district that they had captured yesterday (Tuesday)," said…

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  • Tunisia begins new deployment to protect tourists: ministry

    Tunisia began deploying armed police to protect foreign tourists on Wednesday after last week's deadly jihadist attack on a beach resort, the interior ministry said. AFP correspondents saw no increased security at tourist sites they visited during the morning but a ministry spokesman said the…

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  • Yemen rebels kill Saudi soldier in strike near border

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi military says a soldier posted along the country's southern border has died of wounds sustained from a missile strike launched by Shiite rebels inside Yemen.

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  • Sectarian shooting wounds 7 people south of Lebanese capital

    BEIRUT (AP) — Supporters of rival Lebanese factions clashed early on Wednesday in a coastal town south of Beirut, leaving several people wounded, the country's state news agency and a security official said.

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  • IOC praises Tokyo 2020 plans amid main stadium concerns

    TOKYO (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates praised preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday while trying to calm concerns over the rising cost of the new National Stadium.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 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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