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Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:07:07 -0400

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Another North Korea missile fails after launch: U.S., South Korea

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:38:47 -0400

By Ju-min Park and Eric Walsh SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a missile that failed immediately after launch early on Thursday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, hours after the two countries agreed to step up efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile threats. The missile was believed to be an intermediate-range Musudan and was launched from the western city of Kusong, where the isolated state attempted but failed to launch the same type of missile on Saturday, the U.S. Strategic Command and South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The launch came shortly after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile programs, which it is pursuing in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Philipine President announces separation from US

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:33 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

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The Latest: US puzzled by Duterte comments

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:49:38 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's meetings with top officials in China (all times local):

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Put people, not cars, first in transport systems : U.N

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:45:13 -0400

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments should invest at least 20 percent of their transport budgets in infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling, to save lives, curb pollution and cut climate-changing emissions from vehicles, the United Nations' environment agency said. Almost half of the 1.3 million people who die each year from traffic accidents are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) noted in a report. Across the low and middle-income countries studied in Africa, Asia and Latin America, proportionally twice as many people as in rich nations die in road traffic accidents, it said.

Image of Asia: Looking at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:44:16 -0400

(image) In this photo by Rick Rycroft, a work titled "Boolaloo" by artist Lou Lambert is on display as part of the Sculpture By The Sea exhibition in Sydney. The outdoor art exhibition in its 20th year features 104 sculptures by artists from 17 countries. A giant red thong, or flip-flop, and a rhinoceros buried in beach sand are among the other sculptures. Johannes Pannekoek was awarded the grand prize for "Change Ahead," which he said was inspired by the twisting courses of rivers and of life. The sculptures will be exhibited on the Sydney coast until Nov. 6.

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Philippines' Duterte, in China, announces 'separation' from US

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:19:38 -0400

(image) Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte declared his "separation" from longstanding ally the United States in Beijing on Thursday, as he rebalances his country's diplomacy towards China. Duterte is in China for a four-day trip seen as confirming his tilt away from Washington and towards Beijing's sphere of influence -- and its deep pockets.

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Iraq, Syria among topics in presidential debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:32:09 -0400

(image) The world outside the U.S. figured prominently in the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here's a brief look at the countries there were up for discussion:

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Chinese naval ships set for first visit to Vietnam's Cam Ranh international port

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:14:32 -0400

Vietnam will receive three Chinese warships from Saturday at its newly-opened Cam Ranh international port, a provincial government official said on Thursday, following a similar visit by U.S. vessels last month. The visit will run from Saturday until October 26, an official of the external relations department of Vietnam's central province of Khanh Hoa, where the port is located, told Reuters. The visit will be the first by Chinese navy ships to Cam Ranh, state-controlled news website VnExpress said, adding that 750 Chinese military personnel would participate in activities with Vietnam's navy.

Global stocks rise as Clinton, Trump argue economic policy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:38:27 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks mostly gained Thursday after U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated economic policy. Investors were awaiting the outcome of a European Central Bank meeting.

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Minjee Lee leads Blue Bay LPGA, 2 days after Typhoon Sarika

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:37:35 -0400

HAINAN, China (AP) — Minjee Lee birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the Blue Bay LPGA, playing in perfect conditions two days after Typhoon Sarika hit the resort.

Indonesian militants jailed over deadly Jakarta attack

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:05:22 -0400

(image) An Indonesian Islamic State group supporter was jailed for 10 years on Thursday for helping make a bomb used in a deadly attack in Jakarta, as the country faces an increase in IS-linked assaults. Dodi Suridi, 23, was found guilty of committing an act of terror over his links to the attack in the Indonesian capital in January, which killed four assailants and four civilians and was claimed by IS. A second IS supporter, 48-year-old Ali Hamka, was also jailed for four years over the attack for trying to find guns and ammunition to use in the assault.

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Forget Paris, focus on Tokyo, Japan fashion told

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:53:07 -0400

(image) Tokyo may be the style capital of Asia, but with South Korea and China snapping at its heels and Japan's most iconic brands rooted in Europe, the city is being urged to haul its fashion week into the big leagues. Tokyo Fashion Week kicked off its spring/summer 2017 season showcase on Monday with six days of events intended to promote 50 brands, a mixture of the established and the new. Tokyo Fashion Week attracts only 50,000 visitors -- just a quarter of the total number that attend New York's two annual fashion weeks, and also lagging behind London, Paris and Milan.

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Women in Asia-Pacific express dismay over U.S. presidential campaign

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:28:37 -0400

(image) By Ami Miyazaki and J.R. Wu TOKYO/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Women in the Asia-Pacific region expressed dismay on Thursday about the U.S. presidential campaign's focus on the emotional topic of sexual harassment, saying it shows both democracy and the rights of women in America have some way to go. In a fiery final debate on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Republican nominee Donald Trump accused Democrat rival Hillary Clinton's campaign of orchestrating a series of accusations by women who said the businessman had made unwanted sexual advances. Clinton, who would be America's first female president, said the women came forward after Trump said he had never made unwanted advances on women.

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Asian stocks rise as Clinton, Trump argue economic policy

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:59:07 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Thursday as traders watched U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump argued over economic policy and looked ahead to a meeting of euro zone central bankers.

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Inter Milan struggling on the pitch, chasing growth in China

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:56 -0400

(image) Inter Milan's grand plans stretch far beyond Italy as it harnesses the connections of its new Chinese ownership to expand the fan base and attract sponsors in Asia.

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US warns 'overwhelming' response to any NKorea use of nukes

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:29:47 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "overwhelming" U.S. response as it sought to reassure close ally South Korea that the U.S. has its back.

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Lawmakers: Russia's violation of nuke treaty has 'worsened'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:39:42 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's violation of a key nuclear arms control treaty has become more egregious, two top Republican congressmen said in a letter released Wednesday that urged the Obama administration to confront and impose penalties against Moscow.

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Cuddles and Kalashnikovs: protecting DR Congo's mountain gorillas

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:10:07 -0400

(image) A powerful combination of love and guns is helping rebuild an endangered gorilla community in the jungles of war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Armed groups prosper in the park thanks to trade in charcoal, burning swathes of equatorial forest every year in the heart of the mountain gorillas' natural habitat. "Every morning we head into the forest with fear in our stomachs, but with courage and passion to protect the gorillas," says Innocent Mburanumwe, the main gamekeeper in the park's southern sector who is heading up a patrol armed with Kalashnikovs and a heavy machine gun.

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Black shirts bright spot in Thai economy as mourning for king begins

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:04:48 -0400

By Orathai Sriring and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thais are crowding shopping malls and department stores to stock up on black clothes, as they begin a year of mourning for beloved King Bhumibol Adulaydej that could end up dampening consumption in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. The rush on retail outlets such Japan's Uniqlo, Tesco Lotus and BigC is in sharp contrast to thinning crowds at Bangkok's cinemas, coffee shops and usually bustling bars since the king died on Thursday after a long illness. "Demand is overwhelming and black T-shirts were sold out within half an hour," said a sales representative at Uniqlo's flagship store in Bangkok's upmarket Central World mall.

Evoking Ottoman past, Erdogan vows to tackle Turkey's enemies abroad

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:54:23 -0400

(image) By Orhan Coskun and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Smarting over exclusion from an Iraqi-led offensive against Islamic State in Mosul and Kurdish militia gains in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday Turkey "will not wait until the blade is against our bone" but could act alone in rooting out enemies. In a speech at his palace, Erdogan conjured up an image of Turkey constrained by foreign powers who "aim to make us forget our Ottoman and Selcuk history", when Turkey's forefathers held territory stretching across central Asia and the Middle East.

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Image of Asia: Taking a break during the harvest in Nepal

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:46:05 -0400

(image) In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, Nepalese farmers take a lunch break while harvesting paddy in Chunnikhel, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for most people in Nepal, and rice is one of the main crops.

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Malaysia halts kids boot camp over python pool fright

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:55:25 -0400

(image) Malaysia has halted a team-building programme for school children after the trainers forced students to wade across a muddy pool that had a blood python in it, a senior official said Wednesday. An investigation is underway into the blood python incident. It is not part of the training programme," Colonel Mohamad Noor Hassan, the head of the local Civil Defence Force, told AFP.

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In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:28:10 -0400

By K. Rajendran KOCHI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The inventor of an innovative solar chick incubator, solar milking machine and solar-powered boat now has his newest item rolling onto the streets in this southern Indian city: A solar rickshaw taxi. Georgekutty Kariyanappally, the founder of Lifeway Solar Devices Private Ltd., so far has just one prototype operating on the streets, but has supplied another 20 to a nearby tourist resort. In a city where traffic fumes are a worsening problem, the solar rickshaw, Kariyanappally said, is a way of ensuring people don’t have to choose between effective transport and environmental protection.

Prosecutors indict 5 Lotte family members on corruption

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:56:49 -0400

(image) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday they indicted the Lotte Group's founder, his mistress and all of his three children on embezzlement, tax evasion and other charges, in the latest case highlighting the outsized influence of founding families over South Korean publicly listed companies.

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Police find travel agency for traffickers, drug hauls in European raids

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:01:40 -0400

Police detained more than 300 suspects and seized tonnes of cocaine during a week-long operation against drugs, people-smuggling and cyber crime networks across Europe and beyond, the EU's policing agency said on Wednesday. Investigations uncovered a fake travel agency in Greece that helped traffic people, and a brothel in Austria housing a cannabis growing operation during an international push against organized crime, said Europol. Police raided "red-light districts, brothels, massage parlors, private apartments, airports and immigration reception centers," Europol said.

Philippine leader's China visit watched for shift to Beijing

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:07:15 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — Talks this week between Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be closely scrutinized for signs of how seriously the new Philippine leader intends to pursue a shift away from Washington and toward Beijing, a move that could have a major impact on regional power dynamics.

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China economic growth holds steady as retail spending rises

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:51:36 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth held steady in latest quarter, shored up by a bank lending boom and consumer spending while trade weakened.

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S. Korea 'surprised' by 2020 Games relocation reports

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:18:42 -0400

(image) South Korean sports officials voiced surprise on Wednesday at reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was considering moving some 2020 Tokyo Olympic events to the country. Japanese media outlets reported Tuesday that the IOC was looking at relocating the rowing and kayaking venue to the South Korean city of Chungju in North Chungcheong province to rein in soaring costs. The report came as IOC chief Thomas Bach and Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike met in Japan's capital for the first time since Koike warned of drastic cost-slashing measures for the 2020 Games that included downsizing or shifting some venues.

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Asian shares climb as China posts steady growth, oil higher

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:15:07 -0400

(image) TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday as China reported its economy expanded at a steady 6.7 percent pace in the July-September quarter, better than some forecasters had expected. Sentiment was also lifted by a strong day on Wall Street, fueled by upbeat earnings reports.

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Roman coins ID'd in Japanese ruins, but their origin baffles

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:18:12 -0400

(image) TOKYO (AP) — The eyes of a visiting archaeologist lit up when he was shown the 10 tiny, tarnished discs that had sat unnoticed in storage for two and a half years at a dig on a southern Japan island.

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PGA Tour rookie started late and taught himself to play

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:54 -0400

(image) NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Of the 70 players who made the cut in the PGA Tour season opener, Nicholas Lindheim easily could have been mistaken for a college kid who Monday qualified. He had a carry bag. He was not wearing a cap with a logo. He didn't have an equipment deal. He didn't have an agent.

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One in three people believe same-sex marriage should be legal: global survey

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:19:42 -0400

(image) By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost one in three adults globally believe people of the same sex should be allowed to marry, a survey of almost 100,000 people in 65 countries showed on Tuesday. Some 32 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal, while 45 percent said it should not be, and the remaining 23 percent replied they did not know, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) survey said. Only 19 percent of respondents in Africa and 26 percent in Asia said they approved of same-sex marriage, against 35 percent in the Americas, 41 percent in Europe and 56 percent in Oceania the online survey found.

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Earth's 16-month record heat streak ends but warming remains

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:06:08 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's 16-month sizzling streak of record high temperatures is finally over, according to one group of federal meteorologists.

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Image of Asia: Reflections at dusk in Pyongyang

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:06:17 -0400

(image) In this photo by Wong Maye-E, residential buildings on Changjon Street are reflected in a vehicle window at dusk in Pyongyang, North Korea. The city of about 2.5 million people has block after block of densely concentrated high-rise residential buildings with open space in the city center that has large public plazas and parks where many monuments to the country's leaders and war memorials can be found.

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Macedonia calls Dec. 11 vote to end two-year crisis

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:19:58 -0400

The speaker of Macedonia's parliament on Tuesday set December 11 as the date for a long-awaited parliamentary election aimed at settling a 20-month crisis that has threatened to destabilize a country already bearing the brunt of Europe's migration crisis. Macedonia was thrown into turmoil in February 2015 when the opposition accused then-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his counter-intelligence chief of listening in on the phone calls of more than 20,000 people.

Thailand says 'roadmap' to democratic rule unchanged by king's death

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:28:59 -0400

(image) Thailand's junta sought on Tuesday to reassure the country that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week would not upend plans for a return to democratic rule, which include a general election in late 2017. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha also moved to quash uncertainty around the royal succession, saying that a new monarch could ascend to the throne after 15 days of mourning. Doubts arose after the head of the advisory Privy Council was asked to stand in as regent until Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn becomes king.

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Vietnam gives thumbs-up to U.S. regional role as pivot stumbles

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:09:49 -0400

(image) Vietnam supports U.S. "intervention" in the Asia-Pacific if it helps keep peace and stability, the defense ministry said, in a timely endorsement of a continued U.S. presence amid uncertainty over Washington's faltering "pivot". Vice defense minister, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Chi Vinh, met on Monday with Cara Abercrombie, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, and told her Vietnam backed a positive U.S. role.

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China says visit by Philippine president restores trust

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:08:40 -0400

(image) BEIJING (AP) — This week's visit to China by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over their South China Sea territorial dispute, China's official news agency said Tuesday.

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Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:52:02 -0400

(image) Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a controversial war shrine on Tuesday in an annual pilgrimage criticised by China and South Korea, which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's aggressive past. Led by priests, the dark-suited lawmakers entered the main shrine building to pray for Japan's war dead as they bowed at the threshold. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- often criticised for what some see as revisionist views on Japan's wartime record -- sent an offering to the shrine, but avoided a visit.

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