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  • Pakistan: Saudi Prince Accused of Killing up to 2000 Endangered Birds
    Pakistan: Saudi Prince Accused of Killing up to 2000 Endangered Birds 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    A Saudi Arabian prince has reportedly hunted and killed up to 2000 near-extinct houbara bustard birds in a three-week hunting safari holiday in Pakistan. The news came after a report submitted by a forest officer detailing the Saudi Prince's hunting safari trip from 11 to 31 January 2014. The bustards are internationally protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species but Pakistan's federal government issued special permits to the Arab prince granting him permission to kill up to100 houbara bustards in 10 days, except in reserved and protected areas. Houbara bustards usually migrate from Central Asia to Pakistan and India during the winter. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT 2 hours 13 minutes ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most of them teenagers. More »

  • Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel
    Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army has filed a complaint asking the government to shut down the country's leading private Geo News TV channel over what the military calls "false" reports, an official said Wednesday. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT 2 hours 45 minutes ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most of them teenagers. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT 3 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT 3 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT 4 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT 4 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials
    Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. More »

  • Blair to warn West on radical Islam
    Blair to warn West on radical Islam 12 hours ago

    The West must put aside differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on tackling the threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair will warn. More »

  • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China
    Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China 15 hours ago

    By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on. China's deployment for the search - 18 warships, smaller coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker - has stretched the supply lines and logistics of its rapidly expanding navy, Chinese analysts and regional military attaches say. China's naval planners know they will have to fill this strategic gap to meet Beijing's desire for a fully operational blue-water navy by 2050 - especially if access around Southeast Asia or beyond is needed in times of tension. China is determined to eventually challenge Washington's traditional naval dominance across the Asia Pacific and is keen to be able to protect its own strategic interests across the Indian Ocean and Middle East. More »

  • India's Modi slams anti-Muslim remarks, ally remains defiant
    India's Modi slams anti-Muslim remarks, ally remains defiant 20 hours ago

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi sought to calm fears for religious minorities under his rule on Tuesday, saying he would represent all Indians if they voted for him or not in the current general election. Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favourite to become India's next leader, is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s. But half-way through a five-week campaign to win over the country's 815 million voters, some members of the BJP and its hardline affiliates are facing accusations of trying to whip up a partisan Hindu-oriented agenda. Their statements have re-ignited concerns among religious minorities about a government led by the BJP, which rivals say has a deep-seated bias against India's 150 million Muslims. More »

  • India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant
    India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleague remains defiant 22 hours ago

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to calm fears about the future of religious minorities under his rule, saying his government would represent all Indians whether they voted for him or not in an ongoing general election. Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and favourite to become India's next leader, is running on a platform of reviving an economy going through its worst slowdown since the 1980s. But half way through a five-week campaign to win over the country's 815 million voters, some members of the BJP and its hardline affiliates are facing accusations of trying to whip up a partisan agenda. Their statements have re-ignited concerns among religious minorities about a BJP government, which rivals say has a deep-seated bias against India's 150 million Muslims. More »

  • India's Modi calls for end to hate speeches
    India's Modi calls for end to hate speeches 23 hours ago

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate calls recent anti-Muslim remarks by party supporters as "petty" and "irresponsible". More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT 23 hours ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now that they know, they sound like they're being torn apart. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. Dozens of police officers in neon green jackets formed a cordon around the dock as the bodies arrived Tuesday. Since divers found a way over the weekend to enter the submerged ferry, the death count has shot up. Officials said Tuesday that confirmed fatalities had reached 104, with nearly 200 people still missing. More »

  • Sri Lanka coach Farbrace quits for England post
    Sri Lanka coach Farbrace quits for England post Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace resigned on Tuesday just three months into his two-year contract to become the England assistant coach. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. Dozens of police officers in neon green jackets formed a cordon around the dock as the bodies arrived Tuesday. Since divers found a way over the weekend to enter the submerged ferry, the death count has shot up. Officials said Tuesday that confirmed fatalities had reached 104, with nearly 200 people still missing. More »

  • India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant
    India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday distanced himself from colleagues on the Hindu far right, saying they must focus on development issues in the election campaign, rather than rail against minority Muslims and liberals. Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is running on a platform to revive an economy going through the worst slowdown since 1980s. But half-way through a five-week campaign to win over the country's 815 million voters, some members of the BJP and its hardline affiliates are facing accusations of trying to whip up a partisan agenda. "Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP's well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance," Modi, the biggest campaigner for the party, said in a Twitter post. More »

  • Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8
    Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan killed eight people, including five policemen, on Tuesday, officials said. More »

  • Blame This Drunken Bear for Putin
    Blame This Drunken Bear for Putin Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Bill Clinton had to call Russia’s first president early in the day to catch him sober. But the U.S. could work with Yeltsin—though he chose a successor who would ‘repudiate his legacy.’ More »

  • Brunei Returns to the Stoning Age
    Brunei Returns to the Stoning Age Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The tiny sultanate is planning a return to medieval modes of shariah law, with vicious punishments for extramarital sex and anti-Muslim defamation. And nobody’s blinking an eye. More »

  • Chickens of the Sea
    Chickens of the Sea Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Whatever happened to ‘women and children first’? The captains of the capsized South Korean ferry and the Costa Concordia have set a new bar for maritime cowardice. More »

  • Germany Helped Prep Russia for War
    Germany Helped Prep Russia for War Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces. Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military. More »

  • Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir villages
    Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir villages Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Suspected rebels in India-controlled Kashmir gunned down two village elders and one victim's son in attacks that police said were aimed at scaring off voters in the country's general election. More »

  • Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. More »

  • Pakistan attacks target two police patrols
    Pakistan attacks target two police patrols Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    At least eight killed in two attacks targeting police in northwest, just days after Taliban refused to extend ceasefire. More »

  • Nine killed in attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest
    Nine killed in attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end years of fighting with Taliban insurgents through peace negotiations. Senior police officer Shafiullah Khan said unknown people had planted a bomb on a motorcycle and parked it near police headquarters in Peshawar. "The bomb went off when a police van carrying 13 policemen for duty was passing through the spot. More »

  • Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say suspected rebels have killed three men in Indian Kashmir ahead of voting in general elections this week. More »

  • Exclusive - U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops
    Exclusive - U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Missy Ryan and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say. Since Afghanistan's general election on April 5, White House, State Department and Pentagon officials have resumed discussions on how many American troops should remain after the current U.S.-led coalition ends its mission this year. ... More »

  • Militants kill three before voting in India's Kashmir Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Militants killed three men in India's restive Kashmir region on Monday, police said, in attacks that appeared intended to intimidate locals who are due to vote in a general election this week. The execution-style attacks targeted two village council heads in the Anantnag district in the broad Kashmir valley to the south of Srinagar. The police and army launched a combined operation to find the militants blamed for the attacks, the most serious in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority province, of this election season. "Two village headmen are among three persons killed ahead of polls in South Kashmir's Anantnag constituency tonight," Deputy Superintendent of Police Pervaiz Ahmad told Reuters. More »

  • India Hindu leader in 'hate speech' row
    India Hindu leader in 'hate speech' row Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Pravin Togadia of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad allegedly called Muslims to be evicted from Hindu areas. More »

  • UN: 2 UNICEF staff abducted in Pakistan are free Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says two staff members of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF who were abducted in Pakistan have been freed. More »

  • Khan appointed Pakistan cricket chief selector Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former captain and coach Moin Khan was appointed as chief selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday, and Zaheer Abbas as honorary adviser to the chairman. More »

  • High court rejects new Guantanamo appeal Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined another appeal from a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who argues that federal appellate judges in Washington are ignoring the high court's command that the detainees be given a meaningful opportunity to challenge their confinement. More »