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  • Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 20 people
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said Wednesday.

  • Germany: couple on trial for abusing, killing women
    BERLIN (AP) — A couple accused of luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died are going on trial.

  • Women lawmakers face sexism, violence on job: report
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Women members of parliament (MPs) in all regions face sexism, harassment and violence from male lawmakers and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns, a report said on Wednesday. Sexist violence and harassment against women lawmakers is "real and widespread", the report said. The findings suggested "that the phenomenon knows no boundaries and exists to different degrees in every country, affecting a significant number of women parliamentarians".

  • Old ways are out as Hyundai Card bets on digital technology

    In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, Hyundai Card CEO Ted Chung speaks during an interview at his office in Seoul, South Korea. Chung, 56, is a maverick among South Korea’s aloof, conservative business elites, whose corporate empires, or chaebol, dominate Asia’s fourth-largest economy. Chung is changing his company’s culture as he pushes digital advances he says are vital for its survival. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Card CEO Ted Chung is a maverick among the aloof, conservative business elites whose rigidly hierarchical corporate empires, or chaebol, dominate South Korea's economy.

  • Spanish police arrest Morrocan accused of supporting Islamic State
    Spanish police have arrested a Morrocan man accused of spreading Islamist militant messages and trying to recruit others, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. Police arrested the man in Calahorra, in Spain's central Rioja region, and said he was linked to another Moroccan man detained in December in the city of Pamplona. Spain has been on high alert and has stepped up security measures following attacks in Paris last year, with 50 people arrested so far this year on suspicion of having connections to Islamist militants.

  • Try time: Rugby aims to lure 1 million new players in China
    SHANGHAI (AP) — The international rugby federation is set to tackle the Chinese market, supporting a local push to attract 1 million players over the next five years and create professional leagues.

  • Suspected Syrian government air strike kills Turkey-backed rebels: Turkish army
    A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Tuesday, the Turkish military said, in what appeared to be the first direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey launched a cross-border incursion in August. A helicopter "assessed to belong to regime forces" bombed the rebels in a village near Akhtarin, a town 5 km (3 miles) southeast of Dabiq, the Turkish military said in a statement. Dabiq is a former Islamic State stronghold which the rebels seized from the jihadists this month.

  • Street challenges power in Venezuela crisis

    Opposition deputies argue with government representatives during a National Assembly special session, in CaracasVenezuela's political rivals are set to engage in a volatile test of strength Wednesday, with the opposition vowing mass street protests as President Nicolas Maduro resists efforts to drive him from power. Pope Francis intervened on Monday, granting a private audience to Maduro, who said the sides had agreed to launch a "national dialogue" to settle the crisis. Leaders in the broad opposition coalition MUD denied they had reached an agreement with the government on the terms of any possible talks.

  • Top Asian News 6:51 a.m. GMT
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy this week and funerals are underway as families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack. The brazen assault, in which police cadets jumped from windows and rooftops, fleeing for their lives, and troops battled the attackers for four hours, was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years. Most of the victims were young cadets and police trainees, in their early 20s. In conflicting claims, an Islamic State affiliate and a Taliban splinter group both said they were behind the attack.

  • Calais Jungle clearance to resume after tent-burning, gas explosions overnight

    A migrant is seen in silhouette near flames from a burning makeshift shelter on the second day of the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in CalaisThe "Jungle" migrant camp near Calais woke up to a third day of a government operation to empty and clear it on Wednesday following a night of ritual tent and shelter-burning and some gas-bottle explosions. A Calais prefecture official told France Info radio on Wednesday morning that one person had been slightly injured in his inner ear by one of the explosions and had been taken to hospital. Late on Tuesday, regional prefect Fabienne Buccio said it was difficult to prevent the fires.

  • Philippine leader Duterte says he wants foreign troops out

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Philippine Economic Forum in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Duterte is on a three-day official visit to Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a country that hosts 50,000 U.S. troops, said Wednesday that he wants his country to be free of foreign troops, possibly within two years.

  • Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner

    In this Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 photo, tourists take photos during a tour of the Hobbit movie set near Matamata, New Zealand. In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay. According to figures released Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation's top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has helped.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.

  • Hong Kong lawmakers defy oath ban, sparking more unrest

    Newly elected Hong Kong lawmakers Yau Wai-ching, left, and Sixtus Leung are surrounded by journalists inside the Legislative chamber in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Unruly scenes have gripped Hong Kong’s legislature as two newly elected lawmakers defied an order barring them from entering to retake their oaths after being disqualified for swearing and insulting China the first time. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Two newly elected pro-democracy lawmakers defied an order Wednesday barring them from taking their oaths after being disqualified earlier for insulting China, sparking more unruly scenes in Hong Kong's legislature.

  • South Africa's Zuma admits he is 'implicated' in graft report: eNCA TV

    President Zuma speaks during his question and answer session in Parliament in Cape TownJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed court papers to determine if an unreleased report into allegations of political interference by wealthy brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta is final, eNCA TV said on Wednesday. In the affidavit filed on Tuesday and published on the channel's website, Zuma also admitted he was "an implicated person" in the report by the former Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft watchdog. Zuma has denied granting undue influence to the Guptas and they have denied seeking it. ...

  • Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy

    People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of an overnight attack on the Quetta Police Training Academy, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing dozens of people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gun battle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy this week and funerals are underway as families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack.

  • Li finding himself on a big stage in world golf
    SHANGHAI (AP) — In one year, Li Hao Tong has gone from being a contender in the HSBC Champions to a superhero.

  • McIlroy, Johnson to face off in Philippines
    SHANGHAI (AP) — Instead of ending his year in the Bahamas, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is headed to the Philippines for an 18-hole match against Rory McIlroy geared toward raising money for charity.

  • Islamic State kills dozens of civilians in Afghanistan: official
    Suspected Islamic State fighters killed dozens of civilians in the remote Afghan province of Ghor in revenge for the death of one of their commanders, a provincial official said on Wednesday. "Afghan police killed a Daesh commander in Ghor province during an operation yesterday but Daesh fighters abducted some 30 civilians from near the provincial capital and shot them all dead in revenge," said Abdul Hai Khatibi, a spokesman for the governor, using a name commonly given to Islamic State.

  • Asia stocks slide on Wall Street losses, oil drops as glut worries return

    A man looks at an electronic board showing the Japanese yen's exchange rate against Euro outside a brokerage in Tokyo, JapanAsian shares on Wednesday followed in the footsteps of Wall Street, which pulled back overnight on disappointing earnings, while the dollar strengthened and oil prices extended this week's losses. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 0.7 percent. Japan's Nikkei reversed earlier losses to close up 0.15 percent as the yen pulled back.

  • Police say 2 were lucky to survive accident at Aussie park

    Queensland Emergency Services personnel are seen at the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Four people died after a malfunction caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride at the popular theme park. (Dan Peled/AAP via AP)SYDNEY (AP) — Two young children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed four people including their mothers on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia.

  • Rehabilitated orangutans freed in Borneo as species dwindles

    CORRECTS NUMBER OF RELEASED ORANGUTANS - In this Oct. 19, 2016 image made from video, activists open a cage to release a rehabilitated orangutan back into the wild at Kehje Sewen forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Five Bornean orangutans were released into their natural habitat by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation after years-long rehabilitation from trauma often inflicted by people. (AP Photo)KEHJE SEWEN FOREST, Indonesia (AP) — Jamur didn't hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.

  • Aboriginal, environmental groups to sue Canada over Petronas LNG project

    A logo of a Petronas fuel station is seen against a darkening sky in Kuala LumpurBy A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Aboriginal and environmental groups will file lawsuits on Thursday against the government of Canada to overturn the permit for a controversial $27 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The lawsuits will name Malaysian state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) [PETR.UL], which owns a majority stake in the project, as an associated party, representatives of the aboriginal and environmental groups told Reuters this week. Canada in September gave the green light for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia with 190 conditions, despite concerns it would destroy a critical salmon habitat and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.

  • Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude strikes off Tonga: USGS
    A 5.6 magnitude undersea earthquake struck 130 kms (80 miles) northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was originally reported as 6.1 magnitude but was later downgraded by the USGS.

  • Denuclearizing N. Korea a 'lost cause,' US intel chief says

    People watch a television news report showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on October 20, 2016Convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons is a "lost cause," America's top intelligence official said, causing concern in the State Department and ally South Korea over an issue of long-standing US policy. The United States has always maintained it cannot accept North Korea as a nuclear state and, under President Barack Obama, has made any talks with the North conditional on Pyongyang first making some tangible commitment towards denuclearisation.

  • U.S. air strikes spike as Afghans struggle against Taliban, Islamic State

    U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon fighter bomber takes off for a mission from Bagram air field in AfghanistanBy Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States' struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared "non-combat" mission.  American warplanes have conducted around 700 air strikes so far this year, compared to about 500 in total last year, according to U.S. military officials, signaling a deeper role for American forces that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Ending American involvement in Afghanistan was one of President Barack Obama's signature promises and he declared the combat mission over at the end of 2014. In the last year of his presidency, however, rising violence has led Obama to keep more U.S. forces in the fight, both to target a growing Islamic State presence and back up struggling Afghan troops.

  • Kyrgyzstan government resigns after coalition break-up

    Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev addresses a news conference in BerlinKyrgyzstan's government resigned on Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week, deepening a rift between the pro-Russian leader and his former allies. The Social Democratic party, the biggest party in parliament, broke up with its coalition partners on Monday over their refusal to back proposed constitutional reforms. A bill calling a referendum on the constitutional reform on Dec.11 needs to be passed in the final, third reading to become law.

  • Philippine's Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at Philippines Economic Forum in Tokyo, JapanBy Kiyoshi Takenaka and Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Tuesday that his high-profile visit to rival China last week was only about economics, but had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might abrogate defense treaties. The volatile Philippine leader's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy goals after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures towards China. Duterte last week announced in China his "separation" from the United States, but then insisted ties were not being severed and that he was merely pursuing an independent foreign policy.

  • SE Asian terror mastermind to stay at Guantanamo: US

    The number of prisoners at Guantanamo, set up on Cuba soil after the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001, is down to 60 as President Barack Obama seeks to fulfil a pledge to shutter the facility before leaving officeA Southeast Asian terror mastermind who has been accused over a series of high-profile attacks will stay in detention at Guantanamo Bay after US officials rejected his bid for release. A US government body tasked with reducing the number of inmates at Guantanamo said that Indonesian militant Riduan Isamuddin, better known by his nom de guerre Hambali, still represented a "significant threat to the security of the United States". The decision is likely to be welcomed by governments in Southeast Asia as signs indicate that the influence of the Islamic State (IS) group has sparked a resurgency in militancy.

  • Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court

    FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities. Gambia announced the decision on television Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, accusing the court of unfairly targeting Africa and calling it the "International Caucasian Court." (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities.

  • Venezuela opposition to protest Maduro 'dictatorship'

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government rally at Miraflores Palace in CaracasBy Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition was to hold nationwide rallies on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of morphing into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. The opposition coalition says Maduro must go before the situation worsens, but Venezuela's electoral authorities last week canceled a planned signature drive to hold a recall referendum against him, citing fraud. An outraged opposition said Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, had crossed the line.

  • Outgoing state governor in Mexico ousted from ranks of ruling party

    Javier Duarte, Governor of the state of Veracruz, attends a news conference in XalapaMexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expelled an outgoing state governor from its ranks on Tuesday, saying the official violated party rules as head of the Gulf state of Veracruz. Authorities issued an arrest warrant last week for Javier Duarte over his alleged involvement in organized crime and money laundering. Duarte failed to attend a hearing of the party's justice committee on Tuesday and his whereabouts are not known.

  • Pope aide interviewed by Australia police over abuse claims

    Vatican finance chief, Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) attends a mass for the ordination of new bishops, at St Peter's basilica, on March 19, 2016Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, authorities said Wednesday, but no charges have yet been laid. It follows explosive allegations against Pell, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric, aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in July, which he strongly denied. Victoria state police said in a statement that three officers "travelled to Rome last week where Cardinal George Pell voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault".

  • Philippines' Duterte makes business pitch in Japan

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) leaves after meeting with supporters at a hotel in Tokyo, on October 25, 2016Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was set on Wednesday to persuade Japanese executives his country is "open for business", after upending traditional alliances by insulting the US and making overtures to China. The acid-tongued leader arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday on his first visit to Japan since taking office June 30 -- and immediately continued a tirade against longtime ally the US begun earlier in the day. On Tuesday in Japan, before a cheering audience of resident Filipinos, Duterte called Americans "stupid" -- but went out of his way to praise his hosts.

  • Six face trial in France over topless photos of British royal Kate

    Prince William and his wife Kate Duchess of Cambridge attend the Patron's Lunch, an event to mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, in LondonSix people including photographers and senior media industry officials are to face trial in France under privacy laws over the publication of photographs of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge topless in 2012, according to French media reports. The reports, citing French national news agency Agence France Presse and a judicial source, said those covered by the case would include senior staff at French regional newspaper La Provence, Closer Magazine, and Closer's parent company - Silvio Berlusconi's Arnoldo Mondadori Editore publishing group. Neither La Provence nor Mondadori could immediately be reached for comment.

  • Cahill among 5 A-League players in expanded Socceroos squad
    SYDNEY (AP) — Tim Cahill is one of five Australia-based players picked in the extended 30-man Socceroos squad for next month's World Cup qualifier in Thailand.

  • China environment officials in Xian detained for data fraud: Xinhua

    Cranes are seen above a construction site amid heavy fog in Xi'anEnvironmental protection officials in the northwestern Chinese city of Xian have been detained after they were found to have tampered with air quality monitoring equipment and falsified data, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. As part of its war against pollution, China has been trying to establish a real-time emissions monitoring system that will allow it to punish violations more effectively, but the widespread falsification of data remains a huge challenge. The country's new environmental protection law, which went into effect at the start of last year, stipulated that parties guilty of falsifying data would be held equally responsible for pollution and punished accordingly.

  • NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank

    NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg addresses a news conference after the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance headquarters in BrusselsBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow. With Russia's aircraft carrier heading to Syria in a show of force along Europe's shores, alliance defense ministers aim to make good on a July promise by NATO leaders to send forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland from early next year. The United States hopes for binding commitments from Europe to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops, part of NATO's response to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and concern it could try a similar tactic in Europe's ex-Soviet states.