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US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

4 hours 40 min ago
OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender in a hotel in the Philippines last year.
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Southeast Asia urged to halt repeat of 'boat people' tragedy

5 hours 28 min ago
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries were urged on Tuesday to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of this year's disaster in which hundreds of refugees were either lost at sea or died in jungle camps. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) called for "full cooperation" this week from governments attending a Bangkok meeting in May aimed at tackling the region's annual migrant crisis as European countries struggle to cope with refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq. Southeast Asian nations agreed to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded at sea following last year's crisis that saw more than 4,000 migrants land in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh following a Thai crackdown on people-smuggling gangs.
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Blank spaces replace NYT article on flagging Thai economy

5 hours 33 min ago

The International New York Times said its printer in Thailand removed an article on the moribund state of the kingdom's economy Tuesday, forcing the edition to carry blank spaces including on the cover. It was the second time in 10 weeks that the paper has said its local printer declined to run an article, in a country where media freedoms have been increasingly curtailed since last year's military takeover. Tuesday's newspaper was supposed to run a report headlined "Thai economy and spirits are sagging" and exploring the junta's inability to jump-start the flagging economy.

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Asia stocks rise as Japan data mends, yuan status welcomed

6 hours 48 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as improved manufacturing in Japan offset weak Chinese data. The addition of the yuan to the IMF's basket of globally important currencies raised confidence in China's progress toward financial and economic liberalization.

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Myanmar's HIV patients shunned despite progress in treatment

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 20:49
By Ei Cherry Aung LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shortly after Cho's husband passed away at his parent's home his family called to tell her he had died of AIDS and said she should get tested. In September, the former market stallholder went for another HIV test. "As soon as I found out I had HIV, I felt really sad as well as upset," the 43-year-old said, wiping tears from her cheeks.
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Nepal unrest leaves millions of children facing food, medicine shortages: U.N.

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:53
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Unrest over Nepal's new constitution has led to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, putting more than three million children at risk of disease during the harsh winter months, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Monday. Nepal has been in turmoil since September when it adopted a new constitution, sparking protests by members of the ethnic Madhesi groups, who argue that the country's charter does not reflect their interests. UNICEF said child survivors of two major earthquakes in April and May could be worst hit by the shortages.
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Two French men stopped on way to Islamic State in Libya: official

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:39
Two French nationals suspected of wanting to join Islamic State training camps in Libya before heading to Syria were arrested in Tunisia in mid-November, according to an official at the Paris prosecutor's office. It is the first case made public of potential French Islamic State recruits traveling to Libya instead of Syria, where hundreds of French citizens have already joined the ranks of the hardline group. According to the official, the two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested near Tunisia's southern border with Libya.
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Trucks carrying Turkish exports blocked at Russian border: association

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 11:47
By Ceyda Caglayan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday. Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions.
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Songs of praise: Turkmenistan president's hymn sets new record

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 11:18

A choir of 4,166 people in isolated ex-Soviet Turkmenistan has broken a world record by singing a hymn penned by the nation's strongman president, in the latest choreographed show of support. The rendition of 'Forward, only forward, my dear country Turkmenistan' by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov entered the Guinness Book of Records for most people singing in the round, a Guinness employee told AFP by email on Monday. "I was witness to a huge surge of patriotism as Turkmen citizens performed in a single breath the song of the head of state," Seyda Subasi, an adjudicator of Guinness World Records, told Turkmen state television after last week's performance.

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Philippine court to issue verdict in US Marine's murder case

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 09:48
OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court is expected to deliver its verdict Tuesday in the emotion-charged case of a U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel, officials said.
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