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  • Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii 31 Aug 2016 | 7:38 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip to the region.

  • Global stocks mixed in listless trade ahead of US jobs data 31 Aug 2016 | 6:59 am

    FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, as investors weighed the possibility and timing of another U.S. interest rate increase this year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key U.S. jobs data later this week that could help determine how soon the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.


  • Death of Islamic State's tactician comes at critical moment 31 Aug 2016 | 6:50 am

    IS spokesman and head of external operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Samia Nakhoul and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. air strike believed to have killed Abu Mohammad al-Adnani has deprived Islamic State of the architect of its attacks on the West, as it faces the loss of swathes of its heartlands. One of the last survivors of the al Qaeda militants who originally formed Islamic State last decade in Iraq, including its self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Adnani had risen to become one of its most influential leaders. "It's a major morale and propaganda blow to the group because it shows that their top leadership is being targeted by an effective and organized chain," Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the joint operations command of Iraq's army, told Reuters in Baghdad.


  • Philippines' Duterte: Obama must listen to me on human rights 31 Aug 2016 | 5:33 am

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a National Heroes Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in Taguig city, Metro ManilaPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he was ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to him first before bringing up the question of human rights. Washington has expressed concern about a surge in drug-related killings since Duterte became president two months ago promising to wipe out narcotics in the Southeast Asian nation. Asked if he would be willing to discuss human rights at his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an East Asia summit on Sept. 6, Duterte told reporters: "Depends to what degree.


  • Day of the Disappeared: South Asia's torturous wait for the missing 31 Aug 2016 | 4:42 am

    By Nita Bhalla and Gopal Sharma NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shova Bhatta vividly remembers the morning 16 years ago, when five men came to her grocery shop on the outskirts of the Nepali capital and took her husband Shyam. The region is vulnerable to earthquakes and floods which force hundreds of thousands from their homes annually, and it has witnessed violent conflicts.

  • How has Obama changed US? 6 views from Asia 31 Aug 2016 | 4:17 am

    In this image made from video, Nguyen Van Nam, 79, a retired mechanic, speaks about U.S. President Barack Obama, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Hanoi, Vietnam. As Barack Obama prepares for his last Asia trip as U.S. president, with stops in China and Laos, The Associated Press asked six ordinary people across the continent, 'How has Barack Obama's presidency changed the way you view the United States?' (AP Photo)As Barack Obama prepares for his last Asia trip as U.S. president, with stops in China and Laos, The Associated Press asked six ordinary people across the continent, "How has Barack Obama's presidency changed the way you view the United States?"


  • Monsoon rains, terrorism ad lib snag Kerry in South Asia 31 Aug 2016 | 3:38 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets students at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Kerry is on a three-day visit to India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to South Asia this week has been filled with serious diplomatic meetings and agreements to boost ties with India and Bangladesh but his motorcade's struggle with monsoon downpours and an off-the-cuff remark about terrorism may have garnered more attention.


  • Political issues weigh on upcoming G-20 summit in China 31 Aug 2016 | 3:20 am

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, a South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. While the global economy will dominate at the summit of the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging-market nations, politics and security issues form the backdrop to the gathering of world leaders in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)BEIJING (AP) — While the global economy will dominate at this weekend's summit of the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging-market nations, politics and security issues form the backdrop to the gathering of world leaders in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.


  • Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent U.S. strike in Syria 31 Aug 2016 | 1:08 am

    IS spokesman and head of external operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Angus McDowall and Phil Stewart BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State said on Tuesday one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders was killed in what appeared to be an American air strike in Syria, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. A U.S. defense official told Reuters the United States targeted Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in a Tuesday strike on a vehicle traveling in the Syrian town of al-Bab. Adnani was one of the last living senior members, along with self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who founded the group and stunned the Middle East by seizing huge tracts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.


  • Ex-wartime sex slaves sue South Korea over deal with Japan 31 Aug 2016 | 12:39 am

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Twelve South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II have sued the Seoul government over a deal it reached with Tokyo to pay the victims, saying it doesn't go far enough to establish Japan's responsibility.

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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