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French restaurants often 'lamentable' says top French guide

Paris - The standard of French cuisine is on the slide, the head of the authoritative La Liste ranking warned Thursday despite a Paris restaurant being declared the best in the world for the third year running.

'Substantial progress' made on massive China trade deal that excludes US

Fpo - Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapore's leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the world's largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

Europe, Asia back free trade in face of Trump's 'America first'

Apo - More than 50 European and Asian leaders backed free trade and the fight against climate change on Friday in a veiled swipe at US President Donald Trump and his increasingly protectionist approach.

EU builds ties with Asia in face of US protectionism

Apo - European leaders sought to build support from Asia Thursday in defence of free trade and the fight against climate change, to counter the growing protectionism of President Donald Trump's America.

'Not about football anymore': Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

Jakarta - From deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armoured personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia's most violent football nation.

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Paris - Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are "14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict," the Plan International NGO said Sunday.

China-backed trade pact talks at 'critical stage': Singapore PM

Fpo - Talks on a China-backed free-trade pact have reached a "critical stage", Singapore's leader said Wednesday as he urged regional economic ministers to seal the deal by the end of the year.

Ride sharing app Grab rakes in $2 billion post Uber deal

Grab announced $2 billion in new capital from their two-part Series H round. Since striking a deal to get Uber out of Southeast Asia, what does the company have planned for this funding?

Investigator of Cambodian genocide wins 'Asia's Nobel'

Manila - A Cambodian who has devoted his life to documenting the killing of almost two million of his countrymen in the 1970s was named Thursday among the winners of this year's Magsaysay Awards, widely regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel prize.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on S. China Sea

Fpo - A Chinese general Saturday lashed out at "irresponsible comments" on Beijing's military build-up in the South China Sea after the US defence chief accused China of intimidation and coercion in the disputed waters.

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

Fpo - China's military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waters is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.

In nod to India, US military renames its Pacific Command

Ewa Beach - The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Fpo - It has been jokingly referred to as "Botmageddon". But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.

Asian push to crack down on 'fake news' sparks alarm

Kuala Lumpur - Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace.

IMF sees emerging Asia as top global growth engine

Bejing - The IMF said Tuesday it remains upbeat about the economic prospects of emerging Asia, labelling the region "the most important engine of global growth" despite concerns over trade disputes and mounting debt.

Americans world's biggest TV addicts watching four hours a day

Cannes - The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their television last year, according to a report released Monday.

Pacific US military outpost eyes shifting strategic seas

- Life on Wake Island seems, much of the time, rather sedate.The blank "Flight Movement" board at this tiny airfield in the middle of the Pacific promises zero flights, and no movement.

Pato in public bid to woo 'most beautiful' Chinese actress

Shanghai - Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian's victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

Car costs make Singapore world's priciest city. Again.

Fpo - The eye-watering cost of owning a car in space-starved Singapore means the city state is the world's most expensive place to live, for the fifth year in a row, a survey said Thursday.

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

Fpo - Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image.

Shipments of protected African species to Asia soar: study

Fpo - Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows in the Far East for exotic pets, meats and other animal products, a new study warned Tuesday.

Trump tariffs fuel sell-off in steel and aluminium firms

Hong Kong - Steel and aluminium producers across Asia sank Friday on news of Donald Trump's controversial tariffs, though some analysts said the long-term effects on the sector might not be as bad as thought.

Taiwan quake highlights hi-tech island's shoddy building past

Taipei - Taiwan has built itself a reputation for cutting edge technology, efficient public transport and safe streets. But an earthquake has again highlighted the well-off island's history of shoddy construction and questionable safety standards.

Gasps and awe as supermoon rises over erupting Philippine volcano

Ligao - Filipinos sheltering from the erupting Mayon volcano gasped in delight as an orange full-moon eclipse shone above the mountain's smouldering crater Wednesday in what was both a once-in-a-lifetime double spectacle and a rare moment of relief.

Saudi football teams denied neutral venues for Qatar clashes

Kuala Lumpur - Saudi Arabian football teams will be required to play away matches in Qatar during the Asian Champions League despite the kingdom's travel ban on its Gulf neighbour, Asia's football governing body said Sunday.

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Bangkok - Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.

Myanmar reporter wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Hong Kong - Reporter Mratt Kyaw Thu has won the 2017 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb prize for his compelling and rigorous coverage of ethnic strife in his native Myanmar, AFP announced on Tuesday.

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans: study

Miami - No longer can the tale of one single human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago be considered an accurate history of humankind, said a review of scientific literature Thursday.

China U-20 footballers' Germany tour suspended after Tibet row

Bejing - The Chinese Under-20 football team's controversial tour of Germany has been suspended following a row over activists who unfurled Tibetan flags.
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