• Modest gains for world shares as US government closure looms
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    Modest gains for world shares as US government closure looms

    Asian and European stock markets were moderately and the dollar retreated Friday as the threat loomed of a U.S. federal government shutdown. KEEPING SCORE: European shares were higher in early trading. ...

  • Storm's death toll in Germany rises to at least 8
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    Storm's death toll in Germany rises to at least 8

    Authorities in Germany say the death toll from a storm that swept across the country has increased to at least eight. Police in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt said Friday that a 65-year-old man died ...

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    Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

    First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote Africa's many attractions. Trump referred ...

  • All-female North Korea band leader set to visit South
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    All-female North Korea band leader set to visit South

    The leader of North Korea's all-female Western-style Moranbong band is set to head a delegation to the South Saturday to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul said, becoming the first North Korean official to visit in four years. The North angrily denied the claims and Hyon later

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    At least 12,000 evacuees in Legazpi City, Albay may be allowed to return home

    ALBAY, Philippines — Based on the observation of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs), the ash fall is coming out from the southern part of Mayon Volcano. The ash fall primarily affects the towns of Guinobatan and Camalig in the province of Albay. With this, the local government

  • Finch makes second century as Australia reach 270
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    Finch makes second century as Australia reach 270

    Australian opener Aaron Finch scored his second consecutive one-day international century to help his team to 270 for nine in the second ODI against England at the Gabba on Friday. The burly opener looked like leading Australia to a score well past 300 but his dismissal, soon after that of Mitchell

  • Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe
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    Sec. Aguirre: No “fishing expedition” in Rappler case probe

    MANILA, Philippines — Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre has denied the statement of Rappler that the probe to be conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will just be a fishing expedition with the aim to suppress the freedom of the press. According to Aguirre, the Department of Justice (DOJ

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    Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with IS links

    A Pakistani passport forger whose fakes may have been sold to Islamic State operatives has been arrested in Thailand, police said Friday, ending a career that helped people slip into Europe illegally. Mohammad Iqbal, 52, was arrested on January 14 in a Bangkok suburb in possession of Singaporean and

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    PNP Chief to implement one-strike policy against corrupt police

    MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will implement a one-strike policy against policemen who will be caught in corrupt practices. Dela Rosa reminds policemen to maintain honesty and not to follow the steps of corrupt cops. “Wag na wag

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    No indication of strong explosion from Mayon Volcano — PHIVOLCS

    MANILA, Philippines — In the latest report on Mayon Volcano, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded 48 rockfall events; two episodes where it blew out very thick ash, and one volcanic earthquake in the past 24 hours. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary

  • Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco
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    Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

    Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully ...

  • Dimitrov back on track at searing Australian Open
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    Dimitrov back on track at searing Australian Open

    World number three Grigor Dimitrov got his Australian Open back on track on Friday with a gutsy win on another searing day, as organisers defended the tournament heat policy. The third seed had plenty to prove after a huge second-round fright from a qualifier, who pushed him to five sets. "I'

  • The woman battling S. Korea's 'birth strike'
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    The woman battling S. Korea's 'birth strike'

    The woman appointed to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates knows better than most why billion-dollar campaigns to encourage South Korea's female populace to procreate have failed -- she is among the millions who have chosen to remain childless in the face of traditionalist social expectations

  • China sees births fall despite push for second child
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    China sees births fall despite push for second child

    The number of births in China fell last year even though the world's most populous country has relaxed its one-child policy to allow all couples to have two children. The country saw 17.23 million births in 2017, compared to 17.86 million in the previous year, the head of the National Bureau of

  • Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest repatriation move
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    Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest repatriation move

    Hundreds of Rohingya refugees staged protests in Bangladesh Friday against plans to send them back to Myanmar, where a military crackdown last year sparked a mass exodus. The refugees chanted slogans and held banners demanding citizenship and guarantees of security before they return to their home state

  • Federer joins calls for greater Slam prize money
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    Federer joins calls for greater Slam prize money

    Roger Federer says it's time for his fellow professional players to rally and seek greater prize money from the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments. Novak Djokovic, as president of the ATP player council, said this week at the Australian Open in Melbourne that "everybody's trying to do their

  • Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor
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    Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

    Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw

  • Rockets topple Timberwolves, Cavaliers hold on to edge Magic
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    Rockets topple Timberwolves, Cavaliers hold on to edge Magic

    Eric Gordon scored 30 points and James Harden added 10 in his return from injury as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Thursday. Chris Paul had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Clint Capela added 20 points in the win. Houston has won 15 of the past 17 meetings

  • Google, Tencent eye collaboration on new technologies
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    Google, Tencent eye collaboration on new technologies

    Internet titans Google and Tencent on Friday signalled possible future collaboration on developing new technologies as the US and Chinese firms announced a long-term patent-sharing agreement. The companies gave no details on the scope or nature of the potential cooperation but said in a joint statement

  • Croupier and guard arrested over $6m Macau casino heist
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    Croupier and guard arrested over $6m Macau casino heist

    Police in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau have arrested a croupier and a security guard over a massive casino heist where almost HK$48 million ($6 million) in gaming chips were stolen from a VIP room. Semi-autonomous Macau is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and is a

  • Asia markets mostly up, traders keep watch on US funding row
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    Asia markets mostly up, traders keep watch on US funding row

    Asian markets mostly rose Friday after another positive week across trading floors but investors' appetite was being tested by profit-taking and worries about a possible US government shutdown. Wall Street came off record highs to end lower as Washington lawmakers bicker over a federal funding deal

  • Putin takes Epiphany's icy plunge with pilgrims
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    Putin takes Epiphany's icy plunge with pilgrims

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and many Orthodox pilgrims braved a bitter winter snap overnight to take the annual plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus. In some areas, the extreme temperatures -- which in parts of Siberia dropped to minus 68 degrees Celsius (minus

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    AP Top Extended Financial Headlines at 4:32 a.m. EST

    Emirates airline is throwing a lifeline to Airbus's troubled A380 superjumbo aircraft, with a $16 billion deal to buy as many as 36 planes

  • New Zealand complete series whitewash over Pakistan
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    New Zealand complete series whitewash over Pakistan

    New Zealand inflicted a rare 5-0 one-day international series whitewash over Pakistan on Friday with a 15-run win at Wellington's Basin Reserve. A century to Martin Guptill helped the Black Caps set a 272 total that proved too much for Pakistan after Matt Henry tore through their top order. Pakistan

  • Cycling: Sagan shows class in fourth stage
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    Cycling: Sagan shows class in fourth stage

    World champion Peter Sagan showed his class when he won the fourth stage of the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in South Australia on Friday, taking the overall lead in the process. The Slovakian finished the stage in 3hr 21min 7sec to take the ochre leader's jersey, two seconds ahead of South