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  • Uzbekistan's election sees turnout at 91 percent 29 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm

    An Uzbek woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Islam Karimov, 77, has led the double-landlocked former Soviet republic of 30 million people uninterruptedly since the late 1980s, and ruthlessly quashed all opposition to his rule. Uzbekistan's election commission says more than 70 percent of eligible voters have already cast their ballots midway through an election certain to be won by longtime leader Islam Karimov. (AP Photo)MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's election commission said 91 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion.


  • Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral 29 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am

    The body of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage during a funeral procession in Singapore on March 29, 2015More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. "The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished," his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.


  • Clarke, Lehmann help Australia to 5th World Cup title 29 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am

    Australia's James Faulkner, left, walks his captain Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson, right, around the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they celebrate their seven wicket win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It wasn't long ago, in the scheme of things, when Australia's cricket team was in crisis. Now Michael Clarke and his crew are on top of the world.


  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe 28 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am

    Map shows main migration routes into EU countries; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 114 mm;DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.


  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek 28 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am

    In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo West African migrants walk on train tracks on their way towards the border with Macedonia near the town of Evzonoi, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic 250-kilometer (150-mile) walk that is surging in popularity even though most who try it fail.


  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak 28 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am

    In this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 photo a migrant from Cameroon feeds 10-months-old Kendra Koffi on their way to the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Polikastro, Greece. The tide of hopeful migrants pours through the vulnerable 'back-door' countries in the hope of entering the 28-nation European Union, and although most people don't make it, the human tide continues to grow, according to Frontex, the EU agency that helps governments police the bloc’s leaky frontiers. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett)VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.


  • Brazil joining Beijing-backed infrastructure investment bank 28 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank.

  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal 28 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am

    Sauber driver Raffaele Marciello of Italy steers his car during the first practice session for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.


  • Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum 28 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am

    This photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows a view of the Boao Forum in its opening in Boao on Hainan island in southern China, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Cheng) NO SALESBOAO, China (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.


  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands 27 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm

    This Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 image shows Ngwe Thein, 42, who has been living on an island near Benjina, Indonesia for three years, after being forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay, he said. In the wake of an AP report on fishermen who were enslaved, on Thursday, March 26, 2015, Thai lawmakers voted unanimously to create tougher penalties for violating the country's anti-human trafficking law, including the death penalty. But in a Thursday email, Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division said, "The Thailand government has made repeated verbal commitments to get tough with traffickers but every time real follow-up has been lacking." In the meantime, Thein is one of the thousands of men who are waiting. (AP Photo/APTN, Esther Htusan)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.


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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