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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.

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on N.Korea

Washington - US President Donald Trump hit back at critics of his recent Asia trip and vowed a global campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea Wednesday, warning Pyongyang will not subject the world to "nuclear blackmail.

Trump hails 'fantastic job' on Asia tour, but ends it abruptly

Manila - Donald Trump said he had done "a really fantastic job" on a five-nation tour of Asia in which he had made a lot of friends, but he ended it abruptly Tuesday by skipping most of a Philippine summit.

Trump backs US spies on Russia meddling, but slams Putin 'haters'

Hoan Kiem - Donald Trump said Sunday he backed US intelligence agencies who concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, but slammed "fools" who oppose better ties with Moscow.

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely': Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will likely meet at the sidelines of the APEC summit but Moscow and Washington have yet to agree details, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan

Toukyo - The world may be facing its most dangerous nuclear crisis since the end of the Cold War but US President Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy.

Trump opens door to N. Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Toukyo - President Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business Monday on an Asian tour dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang.

Trump passes tricky protocol test with Japanese emperor

Toukyo - To bow or not to bow: That was the question when US President Donald Trump held a closely watched meet-and-greet with the Japanese emperor laden with potential protocol pitfalls.

Thousands urge peace in anti-Trump protest in S. Korea

Seoul - Thousands of South Koreans protested Sunday against an upcoming visit by Donald Trump and called for peace as the US President begins an Asian tour dominated by North Korea's nuclear programme.

Abe duels with 'long hitter' Trump on golf course

Kawagoe - Golfing buddies Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe relaxed with a hamburger lunch and a quick nine holes on the course Sunday, ahead of a high-stakes summit on the North Korea crisis.

Trump enters diplomatic minefield on marathon Asia tour

Toukyo - For all the meticulous planning of Donald Trump's Asia tour, one question may plague his jet-lagged advisors: Can the notoriously impulsive president navigate nearly two weeks of diplomatic protocols and geopolitical pitfalls -- all the while keeping h...

Trump: 'No dictator' should underestimate US resolve

Toukyo - President Donald Trump Sunday issued a stern warning that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States as he started an Asian tour dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis.

After Pearl Harbor, Trump embarks on Asia tour

Honolulu - After stopping in Hawaii to pay his respects at a Pearl Harbor memorial, US President Donald Trump reboarded Air Force One on Saturday for a marathon Asia tour as North Korea's nuclear threat looms large.

N. Korea rules out negotiations as Trump heads to Asia

Seoul - North Korea ruled out talks and threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal in a fresh warning to Donald Trump's administration Saturday as the US President set off on a tour of Asia.

Trump leaves for Asia with heavy domestic baggage

Washington - President Donald Trump departed Washington for an almost two week trip to Asia Friday, leaving a trail of invective and scandal that risks overshadowing efforts at top-level diplomacy.

US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

Singapore - The top US commander in the Pacific warned Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Ed Sheeran Asia tour dates in doubt after cycling injury

London - Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran said Monday that some upcoming shows could be cancelled after he suffered a cycling accident, posting an image of his arm in a cast and a sling.

IMF raises China growth forecast for 2017 to 6.8 pct

Bejing - The International Monetary Fund raised its growth forecast for China on Tuesday but again warned of risks stemming from the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy.

Urban inequality a growing risk in Asia: World Bank

Singapore - Widening inequality in Asia's teeming cities could lead to potentially risky social divisions, the World Bank warned Tuesday, urging governments to do more to help the urban poor.

Interview: The use of agDrones in Asia Special

Hong Kong - The adoption of commercial drones in Asia is happening at an accelerated rate, presenting challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the region. To find out more Digital Journal spoke with representatives of Ipsos Business Consulting.

Chop and change? Turkmenistan stages Asian martial arts

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's image-conscious strongman Gurbanguly Berymukhamedov on Sunday kicked off a 10-day regional sporting event the isolated country is hosting despite a slew of economic and rights concerns.

AFP launches 2017 Kate Webb Prize for Asian journalists

Hong Kong - Agence France-Presse on Friday launched the 2017 Kate Webb Prize to recognise exceptional Asian journalists doing difficult and dangerous work across the region.

Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief

Seoul - The chief of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that ageing populations in key Asian economies will drag on their growth, urging policymakers to step up their response to shifting demographics.

Formula One: F1 eyeing two more street races in Asia

Shanghai - Formula One is looking to stage two more street races in Asia as part of a drive to win new fans, one of the sport's most senior officials told AFP on Tuesday.

Japanese who helped save Angkor Wat awarded 'Asia's Nobel'

Manila - A Japanese historian who helped save Cambodia's renowned Angkor Wat temple complex was among the winners of this year's Magsaysay Awards, widely regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel prize, organisers said Thursday.

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies: ADB

Manila - Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region's developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.The region should now grow by 5.

Asia facing dire future because of climate change without help

Bangkok - A report released on Friday paints a dire picture of the Asia-Pacific region's future as the globe warms, affecting the economic growth, health, development, food sustainability and security of hundreds of millions of the world's population.

Thailand leads the pack for Asia's abused tourist elephants

Bangkok - Twice as many elephants work in Thailand's tourism industry as the rest of Asia combined, with the vast majority kept in "severely inadequate conditions", a new report revealed Thursday.

Heroin smugglers among suspects caught in global airport checks

Den Haag - An international crackdown on airline ticket fraud netted 153 people including suspected heroin smugglers, Europe's policing agency said on Tuesday.
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