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New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery.

Germany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Germany's coalition government wants major companies to have at least 30 percent women on its supervisory boards.

Merkel: Continued Russia sanctions "unavoidable"

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says continued sanctions against Russia are "unavoidable" and that it will take "patience and perseverance" to end the crisis in Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia: Deaths from MERS virus reach 348

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.

In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.

ADB: Japan likely to return to growth in 4Q

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The president of the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.

Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.

EU proposes $380 billion investment plan

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The European Union's executive Commission on Wednesday proposed a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy, with some 21 billion euros in seed money coming from EU institutions.

Greek journalists on strike

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Greek journalists are on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.

Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The Healthy Ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.

Iran parliament approve science minister nominee

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Iran's parliament on Wednesday approved President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for ministry of science, ending a long stand-off between the moderate president and the conservative-dominated assembly.

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A Greek navy frigate was towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board through gale-force winds and high waves to safety on the southern island of Crete on Wednesday, a day after it suffered engine failure in international waters.

South Asian leaders gather at regional summit

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to boost cooperation in trade and energy and seek greater peace in the region, home to more than a fifth of the world's population.

Arab world's beloved singer Sabah dies at 87

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, an icon of Arab music, died Wednesday after a career that spanned over six-decades, Lebanese media said. She was 87.

China asks US for help in hunting down fugitives

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

A senior Chinese diplomat Wednesday called on the U.S. and other Western countries to put aside their wariness of China's justice system and work with Beijing to send back officials who have absconded overseas with ill-gained loot.

UN appeals for $405M for Afghanistan aid in 2015

|Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The United Nations has appealed for $405 million to cover the humanitarian needs of the people in Afghanistan in 2015.

Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.