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U.S. exports fill Asia's LNG demand gap as market tightens

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SINGAPORE U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters are sending tankers to Asia to fill a gap in the region's demand as markets have tightened more-than-expected on surging consumption in China and Pakistan, and because of Australia's struggles to ramp up production.

U.S. transfers 4 Guantanamo inmates in waning hours of Obama tenure 19 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON The United States sent four detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Thursday, marking President Barack Obama's final prisoner transfers from a facility whose continued existence he said would be judged harshly by history.

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Taliban seeks to reassure UAE over Afghanistan attack 19 Jan 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban has sought to reassure the United Arab Emirates that it was not behind an attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats and injured the ambassador, senior Taliban officials said on Thursday.

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Rising Kenyan tea, coffee export prices to ease drought impact 19 Jan 2017

NAIROBI Rising prices for Kenyan tea and coffee exports will help offset the impact from a drought that has been hurting the East African nation's agriculture after poor rains late last year, according to officials and traders.

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Missing Pakistani activists' families decry blasphemy allegations 18 Jan 2017

ISLAMABAD Families and supporters of five missing Pakistani activists on Wednesday denounced what they called a campaign to accuse the men of blasphemy, a highly charged allegation that could endanger their lives were they to reappear.

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Aid groups need $550 million to confront worsening Afghan crisis - U.N. 18 Jan 2017

KABUL International aid groups needs more than a half a billion dollars this year to help millions of Afghans struggling with increased violence and a bleak economy, as a humanitarian crisis worsens, a senior U.N. official told Reuters.

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped U.S. find bin Laden 18 Jan 2017

ISLAMABAD A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan's law minister has told legislators, media reported on Wednesday.

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India's Modi urges Chinese restraint as Trump handover nears 17 Jan 2017

NEW DELHI Growing military ambitions in the Asia-Pacific are creating security risks, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday in a coded message to China to exercise strategic restraint.

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Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State 17 Jan 2017

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State. | Video

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Two weeks into 2017, Mediterranean migrant deaths rise on last year 17 Jan 2017

GENEVA At least 219 migrants and refugees are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean already this year, more than double than during the same period a year ago, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.