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  • Global shares rise, boosted by low interest elsewhere 1 Jul 2016 | 5:25 am

    Global shares rise, boosted by low interest elsewhereGlobal shares mostly rose Friday, with investors plowing their money in equities in the face of narrowing choices for investments amid low or negative interest rates. Markets also were expecting a coordinated ...


  • Health officials race to prevent Congo yellow fever disaster 1 Jul 2016 | 5:02 am

    Residents read newspapers with reports of Yellow Fever, in KinshasaBy Tim Cocks DAKAR (Reuters) - It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo's capital city, full of unvaccinated people mostly huddled together in slums with too few drains and the kind of sticky, fetid climate that mosquitoes love. Kinshasa's 12 million people - twice as many as there are doses of yellow fever vaccine anywhere in the world - are largely unprotected against this sometimes deadly but easily preventable illness, which has killed at least 353 in Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbor Angola. With three weeks to go before they start a vaccination campaign for 11.6 million people against the hemorrhagic virus in three Congolese provinces, and only 1.3 million doses of the vaccine on their way to Congo, time is not on their side.


  • Thailand's upgrade in human trafficking report slammed as 'premature' 1 Jul 2016 | 4:40 am

    By Alisa Tang and Beh Lih Yi KRABI, Thailand/JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human rights and migrant groups on Friday slammed the United States' decision to remove Thailand from its list of the worst human trafficking offenders, saying it was premature and sent the wrong signal to the Thai authorities. Thailand was upgraded from Tier 3, the lowest rating which could trigger sanctions, to Tier 2 in the closely-watched Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released by the State Department this week. The report noted that "widespread forced labor" in the Thai seafood industry continues and trafficking in the fishing industry "remains a significant concern", although it said there was also increased prosecutions and investigations.

  • Media rights group tells Maldives not to pressure media 1 Jul 2016 | 3:41 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group has urged the Maldives to stop pressuring critical media, expressing concern over the closure of an independent news website.

  • Vietnamese scoff at bike-ban plan as motorcycles engulf capital 1 Jul 2016 | 3:15 am

    Motorcycles are seen on a street in HanoiWorld famous for its endless swarms of motorcycles, Vietnam is considering banning bikes in the capital over fears its leafy streets will become overrun as the population swells and its middle class buys up cars in record numbers. Hanoi is forecast to have seven million motorcycles on its roads in the next two years - almost the same as its current population - leaving city bigwigs with a crisis on their hands as cars, buses and bikes jostle and petrified pedestrians run the gauntlet crossing streets. The Communist Party's Hanoi chapter started polling on Monday ahead of a new urban plan and central to that is making the capital's motorcycles extinct by 2025, according to Voice of Vietnam radio.


  • Myanmar decries demotion on US human trafficking blacklist 1 Jul 2016 | 2:03 am

    FILE - In this May 20, 2015, file photo, migrants including Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Aceh fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia. Myanmar called sad and regrettable a move by the United States to place the country on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, while rights groups welcome it as long overdue. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas, File)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar called sad and regrettable a move by the United States to place the country on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, while rights groups welcomed it as long overdue.


  • Official: Airport attackers from Russia, Central Asia 30 Jun 2016 | 8:13 pm

    Relatives mourn as they gather around the Turkish flag-draped coffin of Habibullah Sefer, one of the victims killed Tuesday at the blasts in Istanbul's Ataturk airport, during the funeral in Istanbul, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded scores of others at the busy airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ISTANBUL (AP) — As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and Turkish police raided Istanbul neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.


  • UK stock index above pre-vote level: Crisis over? Not likely 30 Jun 2016 | 4:06 pm

    The governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney gives a press conference, his first since the leave result of the European Union referendum, at the Bank of England in the City of London, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Carney says the uncertainty over Britain's exit from the European Union means the central bank will likely have to provide monetary stimulus this summer. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)LONDON (AP) — Don't be fooled: the rebound in Britain's main stock market to where it was before the vote to leave the European Union does not mean all is now fine for the country's economy.


  • Hope and fear as combative president takes over Philippines 30 Jun 2016 | 3:39 pm

    In this image made from video provided by Radio Television Malacanang, new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes the oath during the inauguration ceremony in Malacanang Palace, Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country, but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse. (Radio Television Malacanang via AP Video)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse.


  • Appeals court overturns Canada pipeline approval 30 Jun 2016 | 3:10 pm

    Aboriginals and environmental activists, however, feared a spill from tankers at the terminal could damage the pristine coastline that includes salmon-bearing rivers and the habitat of a rare white bearCanada's federal court of appeal has overturned approval of the new Northern Gateway pipeline on grounds that builders failed to adequately consult with affected aboriginals, documents released Thursday revealed. The oil conduit stretching nearly 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast received regulatory and government approval in 2014, with 209 conditions to mitigate environmental impacts. The federal appeals court agreed.


Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
 
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