Thai rubber protest spreads to more provinces
Indonesian Muslims hold anti-Miss World protest
Japan’s military seeks big boost in defense budget
Manila: China set impossible conditions for visit

Thai rubber protest spreads to more provinces
More than 12,000 rubber farmers from several provinces protested and blocked roads Tuesday in Thailand’s south to demand that the government boost declining rubber prices, police said.

Indonesian Muslims hold anti-Miss World protest
Indonesian Muslim hard-liners staged a protest Tuesday in the country’s capital to try to stop the holding of the Miss World pageant this weekend on the resort island of Bali.

Japan’s military seeks big boost in defense budget
Japan needs to boost its military spending to counter the potential threat from China’s increasingly powerful armed forces and North Korea’s long-range missiles, its defense minister said Tuesday.

Manila: China set impossible conditions for visit
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III canceled a trip to a Chinese trade fair after Beijing demanded that he first withdraw a legal complaint over disputed territories in the South China Sea, Filipino officials said Monday.

Egypt to auction $1.3 billion for vital imports
The Central Bank of Egypt will conduct its largest foreign exchange auction yet, selling $1.3 billion to banks with clients who need U.S. dollars to pay for basic imports like wheat, oil, meat and beans.

Sweden opens door wider to Syrian refugees
Sweden, already a top destination for Syrian refugees in Europe, is likely to see an even bigger flow after relaxing its immigration policy toward those fleeing the civil war.

Gay rights activists plan to meet Obama in Russia
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia.

Samsung unveils smartwatch ahead of rival Apple
Samsung unveiled its highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday, beating Apple to what could become this year’s must-have holiday gift item.

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