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  • Obama emotional over daughter going to college

    U.S. President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

    Japan's top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.

  • Jokowi, prominent figures visit Megawati at Idul Fitri open house

    President-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and numerous prominent individuals and state officials visited Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri at an open house held at her residence on Jl. Teuku Umar, in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on the first day of Idul Fitri on Monday.

  • Tyson to sell Mexico, Brazil poultry operations

    Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

  • Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90

    Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.

  • May peace be upon you

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono (right) and youngest son Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono (unseen) greet guests a happy Idul Fitri 2415H at the state palace on Monday. Yudhoyono held an Idul Fitri open house for state officials and members of the public.(Antara/Andika Wahyu)

  • Former minister wants new govt to develop SMEs

    Former state-owned enterprise minister Tanri Abeng has called on the new administration under President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to boost the capacity of micro businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve people's welfare.

  • Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

  • Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, kills 3

    Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.

  • Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

    The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

  • Israel carries out 3 strikes on Gaza, breaks lull

    The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.

  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    The U.N.'s top human rights official says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime.

  • Not safe for Sampang Shiites to return home, says minister

    Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi defended on Monday the recent move by local authorities to prohibit hundreds of internally displaced Shia from returning to their homes in Sampang, Madura, for Idul Fitri and from visiting relatives in other areas of the island, saying that reconciliation was an ongoing process.

  • Jokowi attends Yudhoyono's last Idul Fitri open house at palace

    President-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attended President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's last State Palace Idul Fitri open house on Monday.

  • China profits boost Asian stock markets

    Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits.

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.

  • Dollar flat in Asia ahead of key data, Fed meeting

    The dollar moved narrowly in Asia Monday as simmering geopolitical tensions capped activity while investors look to a slate of US data and a Federal Reserve policy meeting later this week.

  • Jokowi, wife welcome various people at official residence

  • Malaysia marks grim Eid after MH17 crash

    Malaysia on Monday marked a solemn Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.

  • Idul Fitri prayers

    Muslims conduct Idul Fitri prayers at Cakung railway station in East Jakarta on Monday. The government decided in the isbat (confirmation) meeting on Sunday evening that Idul Fitri 1435 H would fall on Monday.

  • Jokowi conducts Idul Fitri prayers, open house at City Hall

    President-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo spent the first day of Idul Fitri in Jakarta, where he held Idul Fitri prayers and an open house at City Hall on Monday.

  • SBY holds Idul Fitri open house at palace

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened his doors to people of various backgrounds at the State Palace to celebrate the first day of Idul Fitri on Monday, which will be the outgoing President’s last open house at the palace.

  • Time to pray

    Muslims leave their village by long boat to offer Idul Fitri prayers that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta in Jakarta Monday.

  • Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants: Australia

    A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel were likely economic migrants from India, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.

  • Australia says chance of MH17 site visit not good

    The chances of Dutch and Australian police reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not good, and the effort could take days, a senior Australian official said Monday.

  • Peaceful 'takbiran'

    People celebrate the post-fasting Idul Fitri festivity by holding a "takbiran" (recital of God is great) parade in an orderly manner in the Matraman area, Jakarta, Sunday night. Similar activities were held peacefully across the country.

  • Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school

    Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.

  • Plane crash-lands on US beach, killing father

    A small plane crash-landed on a beach in the US state of Florida Sunday, killing a father and critically injuring his young daughter, authorities said Sunday.

  • Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in the raging Gaza conflict.

  • Nine hospitalized after US lightning strike

    Nine people, including a teenager, were taken to hospital Sunday following a lightning strike at bustling Venice Beach, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.