Category Archives: Asia

Outrage and new questions after Malaysia PM cleared in scandal

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia's official explanation of the $681 million that ended up in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank account — it was an entirely proper gift from…

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Vietnam ruling party boss re-elected, cements hold on power

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's Communist Party Wednesday re-elected its 71-year-old chief for a second term, an expected outcome that sees the conservative pro-China ideologue cementing his hold on power….

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Li hopeful accidental start in golf leads to Olympics

HONOLULU (AP) — Li Haotong is no stranger to the huge stage, even as a 20-year-old from China who never had any intention of playing golf. The year that Tiger…

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Kerry in Riyadh to reassure allies over Iran

Riyadh (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, sought Saturday to reassure Gulf allies concerned approximately a perceived warming of ties between Washington…

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Globe-trotter Spieth 'beat up, mentally and physically'

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jordan Spieth's globe-trotting days are over, at least for the foreseeable future. Golf's top-ranked player has been on a worldwide tour over the…

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Anti-base Okinawa candidate loses key mayoral poll: media

Tokyo (AFP) – A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in a mayoral election in Okinawa on Sunday, beating an opponent of a planned new US…

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Brazil Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop Zika

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to…

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Kerry to press China over North Korea, urge ASEAN unity over South China Sea

By David Brunnstrom VIENTIANE (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a visit to Asia on Sunday in which he plans to press China to put more curbs…

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Former FBI agent Levinson not among those to be freed by Iran

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One prominent name was missing from the list of Americans to be released by Iran on Saturday: former U.S. law-enforcement agent Robert Levinson, who…

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Nuclear deal marks US-Iran thaw, but Saudis sulk

Washington (AFP) – The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal marked a major step forward in Washington's cautious rapprochement with Iran, yet will further strain ties with Saudi Arabia. While…

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