• Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said…

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    • Turkish central bank meeting eyed for signs of political meddling

      (Repeats Tuesday item without changes) By Asli Kandemir and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - An annual meeting of Turkey's central bank on Thursday will be closely watched for signs that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, strongly opposed to high interest rates, is trying to…

      Reuters Middle East44 mins ago
      • Big business and election: Time to decouple the two

        Politics has been integral to the Indian business milieu as building political connections is part of doing business in the country. But it is for the first time some of India's corporate tycoons are being named openly in a charged election campaign and their close links have become part of the…

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        • In A Few Hours We Will See If China's Economy Has Slowed

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          • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

            SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life…

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            • Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

              KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist operation" to try to restore authority over the restive…

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              • Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts

                The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled following an order by an international court. Last month's judgment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered a halt to Japan's decades-old program of…

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                • European parliament votes for compulsory 'made-in' labels

                  By Anna Nicolaou (Reuters) - The European Parliament voted on Tuesday to oblige manufacturers to label all non-food goods with their country of origin, a step designed to help consumers know what they are buying, but one that has divided industry. Country of origin labels are currently voluntary in…

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                  • Sri Lanka accuses Canada of misusing voluntary funds

                    Colombo, April 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Tuesday accused the Canadian government of using its voluntary funds to the Commonwealth Secretariat as a political tool based on the dictates of electoral compulsions. Canada earlier announced that it had decided to suspend its voluntary…

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                    • Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

                      DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.

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                      • Serbia eyes renewed coalition of center-right and Socialists

                        By Ivana Sekularac BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's center-right Progressive Party, which won the March election by a landslide, said on Tuesday it had offered a place in a coalition government to the Socialists of outgoing Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, despite deep differences over austerity. The two…

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                        • Nigeria rebels abduct schoolgirls, government says will protect 'African Davos'

                          By Felix Onuah and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday. The gunmen, believed to be members of the Boko Haram…

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                          • Oman extends curbs on foreign workers in construction, housekeeping

                            By Fatma Alarimi MUSCAT, April 15 (Reuters) - Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy. Hiring of expatriates by private companies in those…

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                            • Concerned for stability, Saudi Arabia tightens curbs on dissent

                              By Sami Aboudi and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, rattled by regional turmoil that has destabilized the Middle East, is intensifying a crackdown on domestic dissent, raising fears that a more open space for public debate that emerged in recent years is under threat. Social…

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                              • 'Here comes the mayor!' - Greek far right fires up Athens campaign

                                By Renee Maltezou and Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek far-right Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris strode into a packed hotel room in central Athens last month to the sound of a marching song and supporters' cries of "Here comes the mayor!" "In less than 100 years, Greeks will become a…

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                                • Homosexual prisoners in Turkey segregated for 'protection': minister

                                  By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish rights activists reacted angrily to a government measure that has led to the segregation of lesbian, gay and transsexual prisoners to protect them from harassment and attacks while in jail. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag announced the "protecting convicts"…

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                                  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

                                    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency."

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                                    • Corruption issue to resonate among Indians in the elections: Gallup poll

                                      Washington, April 15 (IANS) A majority of Indians of all generations see corruption as a widespread problem that they don't think the current government is doing enough to combat, according to a new US poll, which says the issue will "resonate" in these elections. Three-fourths of Indian adults…

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                                      • New York finalizes $8 billion Medicaid accord with federal government

                                        By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York State said it finalized an agreement with the U.S. government on Monday allowing it to reinvest $8 billion of federal money in its health insurance system for low income people while avoiding potentially painful cuts or additional budget strain. Over…

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                                        • Nevada cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

                                          By Alexia Shurmur BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) - A Nevada rancher who succeeded in reclaiming his seized cattle from federal land managers over the weekend by rallying armed supporters called on local sheriffs across the country on Monday to join his crusade against government overreach. The…

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