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  • Foreign minister reaffirms Japan's economic ties to Thailand 1 May 2016 | 8:57 am

    Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in BangkokJapan's foreign minister arrived in Bangkok on Sunday aiming to reaffirm economic ties after Japanese investments in Thailand slumped last year amid political concerns as well as stiff competition emerging from more nimble neighbors. Japan has historically been the largest investor in Thailand, Southeast Asia's second biggest economy, which it sees as an important production base. Increased competition from the region's newer economies, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, is posing another threat to foreign investment in Thailand.

  • Malaysian shuttler Lee defeats world no. 1 in China final 1 May 2016 | 6:09 am

    Lee Chong Wei beat Chen Long in three games to win the Asia Championships in Wuhan on May 1, 2016Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei defeated his rival and world number one Chen Long of China on Sunday in the final of the Asia Badminton Championships. The 33-year-old beat Chen 21-17, 15-21, 21-13 in the closely-fought final that lasted an hour and 22 minutes in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Lee is currently ranked second in the world.

  • In London's mayoral race, candidate rejects 'extremism' barb 1 May 2016 | 5:59 am

    In this April 28, 2016 photo, Candidate for London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks during an assembly at the London Mayor election event of London Citizens in London. In the race to become London’s next mayor, one candidate is a bus driver's son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire's son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become mayor of Europe's largest city. The contrast between Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is resonant in a city where soaring property prices are increasing income disparities.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON (AP) — One is a bus driver's son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire's son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become the city's next mayor.

  • Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires 30 Apr 2016 | 9:40 pm

    Plantations on Sumatra island and the Indonesian part of Borneo have expanded in recent years as demand for palm oil has skyrocketed, resulting in the destruction of vast tracks of jungleIndonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year's haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry's expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are sceptical. President Joko Widodo in April proposed a halt on granting new land for palm oil plantations in the world's top producer of the edible vegetable oil, a key ingredient in many everyday goods, from biscuits to shampoo and make-up. In a statement, he said that "palm oil concessions available at the moment are already adequate" and urged producers to concentrate on using better seeds to increase their yields.

  • China trains 'fishing militia' to sail into disputed waters 30 Apr 2016 | 9:10 pm

    Fishing boats with Chinese national flags are seen at a harbour in Tanmen, Hainan provinceBy Megha Rajagopalan BAIMAJING, China (Reuters) - The fishing fleet based in this tiny port town on Hainan island is getting everything from military training and subsidies to even fuel and ice as China creates an increasingly sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South China Sea. The training and support includes exercises at sea and requests to fishermen to gather information on foreign vessels, provincial government officials, regional diplomats and fishing company executives said in recent interviews. "The maritime militia is expanding because of the country's need for it, and because of the desire of the fishermen to engage in national service, protecting our country's interests," said an advisor to the Hainan government who did not want to be named.

  • Seaweed farmers in hot water as Zanzibar struggles 30 Apr 2016 | 7:02 pm

    Women harvest seaweed at their farm in the Muungoni area, south of Stone Town in ZanzibarWaist deep in sparkling blue water off the white beaches of the Indian Ocean spice island of Zanzibar, seaweed farmer Mtumwa Vuai Ameir gently ties seedlings to wood poles. Seaweed farmed on the Tanzanian archipelago is one of Zanzibar's key exports -- used for food, cosmetics and medicines in Asia, Europe and North America -- but now the vital industry is struggling with warmer waters killing the crops. "We are desperate, and some farmers have been discouraged and abandoned the work," said Ameir, who has been a seaweed farmer for over 20 years.

  • Ding to face Selby in snooker World Championship final 30 Apr 2016 | 6:42 pm

    China's Ding Junhui, pictured on January 14, 2014, is just one match away from becoming Asia's first world snooker championChina's Ding Junhui will face Mark Selby in the World Championship final on Sunday when he bids to become the first Asian player to win snooker's most prestigious title. The 29-year-old Ding reached his first World Championship final in record style, with a break of 123 completing a decisive 17-11 victory over experienced Scottish cueman Alan McManus at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in northern England on Saturday. Later in the day, 2014 world champion Selby, the world number one, prevented an all-Asian final when he defeated Hong Kong's Marco Fu 17-15.

  • Worker dies after falling ill at World Cup stadium site 30 Apr 2016 | 4:03 pm

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — World Cup organizers say a worker has died after falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

  • Kenya torches world's biggest ivory bonfire to save elephants 30 Apr 2016 | 2:50 pm

    A ranger stands in front of burning ivory stacks at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016Eleven giant pyres of tusks went up in smoke Saturday as Kenya torched its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants. Lighting the fire in Nairobi's national park, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end the "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. "The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve," Kenyatta said, before thrusting a burning torch onto the ivory.

  • More than 80% of Syrians live below the poverty line: UN 30 Apr 2016 | 2:29 pm

    A Syrian family living in an unfinished building in the Daf al-Sakhr neighbourhood on the outskirts of Damascus on December 16, 2015The number of Syrians living below the poverty line has almost tripled after five years of conflict, according to a report published this week. Around 83.4 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line compared with 28 percent in 2010, the report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the University of St Andrews said. An estimated 13.5 million people in Syria needed humanitarian aid by late 2015, and more than 4 million of these were in Damascus and Aleppo provinces.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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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