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Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race

LONDON (Reuters) -- Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favoured to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU...

  • A quick guide to the Australian election

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australians will go to the polls on July 2 for their country's first national election since 2013.The main question ahead of the ballot is essentially this: Will the nation's 15 million voters give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnb...

  • Economy top priority for Mongolia's new ruling party

    ULAANBAATAR -- Fresh off its blowout victory in the parliamentary election, the Mongolian People's Party has begun selecting a prime minister and a cabinet as it prepares to turn the economy around.The MPP now must shoulder heavy responsibilities, si...

  • Japan mulls wider tax net for offshore income

    TOKYO -- Japan is planning to increase the tax burden on corporate and individual income shifted overseas as the government tries to curb tax avoidance.Under current law, income declared at an offshore shell company is generally taxed at Japanese rat...

  • Duterte's presidency sets off for a sea trial

    MANILA -- Newly sworn-in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is about to sail into a diplomatic storm in the South China Sea as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to rule on a territorial dispute with the Chinese on July 12.Duterte had ...

  • US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.The State Department made the assessment in its annual Trafficki...

  • Rodrigo Duterte takes oath, promises to relentlessly fight crime

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in his inaugural address on Thursday, said he will make good on his promise to free the country from corruption and criminality, saying "the fight will be relentless and it will be sustained."

  • Chinese ownership riles Australian voters

    MELBOURNE -- Ahead of elections, the presence of investors from China jockeying for Australian farmland -- including territories the size of South Korea -- is fueling concerns that too much of the country is being sold to foreign investors.

  • Mongolia's opposition MPP sweeps back to power on country's economic woes

    ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) -- The main opposition Mongolian People's Party (MPP) swept back to power in landslide parliamentary elections, results from Mongolia's election committee showed on Thursday, after campaigning dominated by concern over slowing e...

  • Duterte inaugurated as Philippine president

    MANILA -- Rodrigo Duterte, the former Davao mayor known for being relentless against crime and corruption, was inaugurated as president of the Philippines at noon on Thursday.Duterte is expected to keep the previous administration's macroeconomic pol...

  • Kim Jong Un tightens grip on power in North Korea

    SEOUL -- North Korea's parliament on Wednesday appointed Kim Jong Un the head of a freshly minted state affairs committee, local media reported, consolidating even more power into the country's one and only ruler.The Supreme People's Assembly decided...

  • Malaysian opposition leader arrested

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Lim Guan Eng, the leader of Malaysia's largest opposition party, has been arrested for alleged corruption involving land conversions and the purchase of a house at below market value.Lim, 55, was arrested on Wednesday by the Malaysian...

  • Exiled former Beijing envoy to Hong Kong dies

    HONG KONG -- Xu Jiatun, the exiled former Hong Kong bureau chief for China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 100, Hong Kong media reported.Xu, as a member of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee...

  • Buddhist nationalist group threatens stability in Myanmar

    YANGON -- An anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar is rapidly extending its influence, growing into a political force that could pose a serious challenge to the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.The group, known as Ma Ba Tha, holds rallies t...

  • Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul airport

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by I...

  • Abe promises to use 'all tools' to stabilize markets

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he will use all policy tools to bring stability to financial markets following the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union."While uncertainty and fear of risk still remain in markets, ...

  • Trump says would withdraw from TPP, label China currency manipulator

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday that if elected, he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization initiative and label China a "currency manipulator." "...

  • Mongolians head to polls as economy falters

    ULAANBAATAR -- Economic issues are front and center in Mongolia's general election Wednesday as the landlocked Northeast Asian country continues to reel from the downturn in the global commodities market.This seventh general election since the democr...

  • Brexit debate to play out in Tory leadership race

    LONDON -- The U.K.'s ruling Conservative Party is heading into a leadership contest that underscores the split between Tories who favor remaining in the European Union with those who want out.The winner, as the next prime minister, will wield a major...

  • Indonesia tax amnesty targets foreign assets of well-off

    JAKARTA -- The government has passed tax amnesty legislation that will allow tax evaders off the hook, if they come clean and pay a fine.