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El Nino dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Nina looms

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

France visitor numbers up in 2015 despite attacks

Paris - The number of foreign visitors to France grew in 2015 despite jihadist attacks in Paris thanks to a sharp rise in tourists from Asia, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economies

Ashgabat - Pensioner Anna Kovalyova, 63, would struggle to make ends meet on her pension worth $250 if it was not for the subsidies from the authorities in Turkmenistan that make water, gas and electricity almost free.

South African private army protects world's largest rhino farm

- The world's largest rhino farm looks like a vast fortress and is guarded by a private army.

Pound takes hit in Asia on 'Brexit' fears

Toukyo - The pound dropped in Asian trading Monday, after news the mayor of London will campaign for Britain to leave the EU added to uncertainty over the country's future in the bloc.

Pacific Rim nations sign giant trade deal amid protests

Auckland - The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest trade deals in history, was signed in New Zealand on Thursday as protestors demonstrated over fears for jobs and sovereignty.

Trump call to 'ban Muslims' sparks anger in Asia

Dhaka - Religious leaders in Asia on Thursday condemned Donald Trump's inflammatory comments on Muslims, warning that the US presidential hopeful was helping the Islamic State group's cause and diminishing America's global stature.

Suspected match-fixer detained without trial in Singapore

Singapore - A Singaporean accused of leading the world's largest football match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be detained without trial Saturday under a special law following his rearrest earlier this week, the interior ministry said.

Obama heads to Asia with 'pivot' again stymied

Manila - US President Barack Obama arrives in the Philippines Tuesday with his much-vaunted "pivot to Asia" again overshadowed by events in Europe, the Middle East and politics at home.

Asian states hail deal on world's largest free trade area

Toukyo - Asian members of the newly-minted Trans-Pacific Partnership Tuesday hailed the deal to create the world's largest free trade area, with Japan calling it the start of a "new century" for the region.

12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal

Atlanta - Twelve Pacific rim countries sealed the deal early Monday on creating the world's largest free trade area, delivering President Barack Obama a major policy triumph.

Japan's Abe says TPP negotiations reached 'broad agreement': NHK

Toukyo - Japan's prime minister said Monday a dozen nations have reached "broad agreement" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which aims to become the world's largest free-trade zone, after days of talks.

Husband bars Iran footballer from Asian championship

Tehran - An Iranian women's football team will be minus its captain at the Asian championship in Malaysia next week after her husband invoked his right under Islamic law to bar her from travelling.

Asia's millionaires to become 'world's richest group'

Singapore - Asia Pacific millionaires are set to become the world's richest this year, a report said Wednesday, driven largely by wealthy individuals in India and China.The combined wealth of Asia Pacific's super rich will surpass its 2014 total of $15.

Shanghai sinks on weak data, Asia awaits Fed rate move

Hong Kong - Shanghai tumbled at the end of a volatile day of trade Monday following another round of disappointing Chinese data, while regional investors were moving cautiously ahead of a crucial US interest rate decision at the end of the week.

Asia markets attract confidence after global rally

Hong Kong - A wave of confidence swept through Asian markets Wednesday, led by a soaring Tokyo, and extending the previous day's broad global advance to raise hopes that recent China-fuelled losses may be coming to an end.

Asia markets broadly lower after China trade data

Hong Kong - Volatility returned to Asian markets on Tuesday after Chinese data showed imports and exports sank in August, adding to concerns about the economic giant that have convulsed global equities.

Asia markets on edge ahead of China data

Hong Kong - Shanghai led most Asian markets lower Monday as early gains were wiped out with dealers in a cautious mood after China revised down its 2014 growth figure and prepared to release more data that will give clues on the slowing economy.

Asia stocks down as U.S. jobs come into focus

Hong Kong - Japanese stocks led a broad Asian stock slide Friday as the yen advanced ahead of a key US jobs report later in the day and after the European Central Bank indicated it could expand its stimulus.

Asian stocks up for second day on U.S. growth

Hong Kong - Tokyo shares led Asian stock markets higher on Friday after a surprisingly upbeat US economic growth report buoyed investors following a prolonged rout driven by concerns over China's economy.

Rescuers rush to mountainous region to find Indonesia plane crash

Jayapura - Scores of emergency workers in Indonesia were rushing Sunday to the mountains of Papua province after a commercial flight was reported missing and villagers reported seeing a plane crash.

Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected

Yangon - The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.

Myanmar villagers fight floods with just sand bags and hope

Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.

Desperation in flood-hit Myanmar as death toll climbs

Yangon - Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

Myanmar admits 'weak' flood response as monsoon misery spreads

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar's government on Tuesday admitted its "weak" response to massive floods had hampered evacuation efforts, as rain-battered Asian nations counted the rising cost of this year's monsoon.

Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia

Yangon - Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Yangon - The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.
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