Category Archives: Asia

Hong Kong university appoints Beijing-backed academic despite objections

By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) – One of Hong Kong's top universities has appointed a pro-Beijing professor as its chairman despite widespread objections & fears of diminishing academic freedom…

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US stocks edge lower; S&P 500 goes red for the year

U.S. stocks closed lower on Thursday, capping the worst year for the market since 2008. The Standard & Poor's 500 index ended essentially flat for the year after the day's…

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Afghans warned on celebratory gunfire ahead of soccer final

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has warned against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming South Asia soccer final against India, hoping to avoid a repeat of the raucous celebrations…

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Germany should limit migrants to 200,000 annually: Bavaria

Berlin (AFP) – Germany only has capacity for a maximum 200,000 asylum seekers a year, approximately a fifth of the number it received in 2015, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said…

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Image of Asia: Enjoying ice birthday cake and a stretch

In this photo by Joshua Paul, 11-year-old Sumatran orangutan Tsunami hangs on a rope while eating her ice birthday cake at Malaysia's National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, where she moreover…

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Arrests, security fears dampen New Year spirit in Europe

By Johnny Cotton & Philip Blenkinsop PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Shaken by a year of militant attacks, Europeans will ring in 2016 in subdued fashion on Friday, with soldiers on the…

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Oil ends 2015 down 35 percent; long, painful hangover seen

By Barani Krishnan & Ahmad Ghaddar NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Thursday yet fell as much as 35 percent for the year after a race to pump…

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Germany shuts train stations amid global New Year security scares

By Joseph Nasr & Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe ushered in the New Year with heightened security fears on Friday as German police evacuated two train stations in Munich,…

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World welcomes New Year despite terror fears

View gallery .New York (AFP) – Millions welcomed in the New Year with Champagne & cheers Friday, although tightened security put a damper on festivities in Europe where Germany evacuated…

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Pope: Now's the time to end indifference, 'false neutrality'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Wishing for a year better than 2015, Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the “arrogance of the powerful” that relegates the weak to…

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