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By By LOUISE WATT | March 04, 2015 12:18 am
Prince William meets elephants on final day of China tour
  • Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:36 pm
    China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.
  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:31 pm
    Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of nationalist glory.
  • Australia clamps down on illegal foreign housing investment
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:18 pm
    Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million, a minister said on Wednesday.
  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:18 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.
  • India central bank cuts key interest rate as inflation eases
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:06 pm
    India's central bank on Wednesday unexpectedly cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the second such reduction this year as the bank lends support to government efforts to boost economic growth.
  • AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 11:00 pm
    With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.
  • Asia stocks down after US fall as China growth goal eyed
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:12 pm
    Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street declined and investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target.
  • Myanmar police vow to take action against students blocking
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:12 pm
    Police formed a human chain across a road leading to Myanmar's biggest city Wednesday, telling hundreds of student protesters that authorities would "take action" unless they dispersed.
  • Investigation of politicians sought in Brazil graft scandal
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:07 pm
    The inquiry into the biggest corruption scandal yet uncovered in Brazil entered an expansive new phase, as the attorney general formally requested the Supreme Court's permission to open investigations against 54 people, most expected to be top political figures.
  • Cuba looks north to US farmers for help with food crisis
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:07 pm
    The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring breeze.
  • Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 10:00 pm
    Cambodia's U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has charged two more suspects, risking a confrontation with the country's prime minister, who has warned against adding new defendants.
  • Indonesia moves Australians ahead of expected executions
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 9:24 pm
    Two convicted Australian drug smugglers arrived Wednesday at an Indonesian island prison where they will be executed by firing squad with seven other foreigner prisoners and an Indonesian, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.
  • Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 9:18 pm
    Mexican authorities said Tuesday they staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as "La Bestia" that rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants.
  • Email issue revives old questions about Clintons
    Associated Press | March 03, 2015 9:01 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency -- the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades.
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