• British economy picks up speed in second quarter

    Britain's economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the second quarter in the run-up to the nation's shock EU exit referendum, official data showed Wednesday. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6 percent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a first estimate for April-June, which

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  • Turkey issues warrants for 47 ex-staff of Zaman newspaper

    Turkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, an official said, in a growing crackdown on citizens suspected of links to alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen. The official, declining to be named, said the swoop covers "executives and some staff including

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    Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a protracted standoff with police in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Wednesday have taken four medics hostage, officials say, after a shootout left five people wounded. Police said the medics were held after entering a police compound seized by the assailants 10 days

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  • France's Barnier to lead Brexit talks

    European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday appointed veteran French politician and former EU commissioner Michel Barnier to lead the negotiations with Britain on its exit from the bloc. Britain's June 23 vote to quit the 28-nation European Union shocked EU leaders who had bet on a

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  • 'Pokemon Go' fans play in India despite no official launch

    Many fans of the augmented-reality-based game have managed to download the app even though it has not been launched in India yet. Some are also using virtual private networks (VPNs) to change their locations ...

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    TOKYO (AP) — "Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

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  • Pilgrims in Poland readying to welcome Pope Francis

    KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Colourful groups of cheerful young pilgrims from around the globe are in the streets of Krakow, in southern Poland, just hours before Pope Francis arrives to join the celebrations of World Youth Day, a major gathering of Catholics.

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  • Air France warns of drop in travel to France after attacks

    PARIS (AP) — Air France, facing a strike by cabin crew at the height of the summer vacation season, is warning of pressure on its finances amid concerns about France as a tourist destination after a string of deadly attacks.

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  • Malaysia Airlines inks $2.75B deal for 50 Boeing Max jets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines said Wednesday it has agreed to buy up to 50 Boeing Max planes in a deal worth $2.75 billion as part of its fleet renewal and said it hopes to relist on the stock exchange by 2019.

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  • New Indonesia Cabinet includes reformer, rights abuser

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced a new Cabinet on Wednesday that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security and returns a popular reformist to the finance ministry.

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  • Japan PM unveils more than $266 bn stimulus

    Japan's government Wednesday announced a stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) in its latest attempt to fire up the lukewarm economy, with the central bank expected to unveil its own measures this week. Policymakers are under pressure to boost growth as Prime Minister Shinzo

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  • Double bomb attack 'kills 31 in Syrian Kurdish city'

    A double bomb attack killed 31 people in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

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  • Turkish defectors to Greece seek time to prepare asylum case

    Greek authorities on Wednesday postponed hearings for eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum after they fled Turkey following an abortive coup attempt, a case that has underscored lingering tensions between the two NATO allies. The men - three majors, three captains and two sergeant majors - flew

  • Nintendo sinks into loss despite 'Pokemon Go' global success

    Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. sagged into a loss of 24.53 billion yen ($232 million) for the fiscal first quarter through June, despite the global success of the "Pokemon Go" augmented ...

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  • Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists - govt official

    Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, a government official said, part of a widening crackdown on supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup. "Today's detentions cover executives and some staff including

  • Witnesses say South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near UN camp

    South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died ...

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  • France aims to ease religious fears after church attack

    President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off divisions between France's religious communities after the jihadist-claimed murder of a Catholic priest in his church, as calls mounted for tougher security measures. Hollande gathered top religious leaders at his Elysee Palace offices, as

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  • Asia stocks stutter but Tokyo soars on stimulus

    Japanese and European shares soared Wednesday after Tokyo launched a massive stimulus package to kickstart the economy, but other Asian markets were more subdued as the Federal Reserve wraps up a key policy meeting. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) programme days

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  • UK drugs giant GSK invests £275 mn despite Brexit

    The investment -- worth $361 million or 328 million euros -- will be ploughed into facilities in Barnard Castle in northeastern England, Ware in the southeast, and Montrose in Scotland, GSK said in a statement. GSK, which already employs 6,000 staff across its nine manufacturing plants in Britain, also

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  • A look at the conflicts that have plagued India for decades

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been plagued with often deadly political disputes for decades: A decades-old confrontation between protesters and armed forces in Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives. A festering conflict with Maoist rebels cuts a wide swath across many of the country's states

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  • Japan poised to pump up sluggish growth with new stimulus

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans Wednesday for a fresh barrage of economic stimulus to help revive stalling growth. Speaking in the southern city of Fukuoka, Abe put the scale of the ...

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  • Awesome sauce: Fintech takes centre-stage at TechSauce Summit 2016 in Bangkok

    Growing from 800 to over 3,000 attendees compared to last year, the event impressively demonstrated the emergence of a vibrant startup ecosystem in Bangkok As much as conferences unite people, they also divide perspectives. Personally, I love to attend and contribute to large-scale events, and perhaps

  • Australian man wins Pacific island resort in raffle

    The man, identified as Joshua, won the 16-room Micronesian resort in a draw organised by the Australian owners, who were looking to hand over the lodge to someone like-minded. Ahead of the draw, co-owner Doug Beitz said he was hoping the winner would be "someone who likes warm weather, likes meeting

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  • France's religious leaders united after church attack

    PARIS (AP) — France's main religious leaders have sent a message of unity and solidarity following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande a day after two extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest.

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  • Officer's trial exposes fault lines over police shootings

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — It's a familiar story: an unarmed black male killed at the hands of a white law enforcement officer. But it didn't take place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, or any of the other cities most recently at the center of discussions about police use of force and race.

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