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· U.S. says need to save lives as Asia migrant crisis talks begin

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn poses with delegates during an opening ceremony of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean at a hotel in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Kanupriya Kapoor BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday that thousands of vulnerable migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas needed urgent rescue, as Myanmar told a regional meeting on the crisis that it was not to blame. More than 3,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have landed in Indonesia and Malaysia since Thailand launched a crackdown on human trafficking gangs this month. "We have to save lives urgently," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard told reporters on her way into the meeting at a Bangkok hotel.

· Exclusive: Mexican president misrepresented personal land deal, records show

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto reacts during a ceremony to sign into law a new-anti corruption legislation, at the National Palace in Mexico CityBy Simon Gardner VALLE DE BRAVO, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto misrepresented to authorities the circumstances under which he acquired one of his properties, public documents reviewed by Reuters show, a discrepancy that could add to a controversy surrounding his personal finances. According to an official asset declaration first made in 2013, Pena Nieto stated that he acquired the property through a "donation" or gift from his father. Pena Nieto, who made his asset declaration public in 2013 as part of a transparency and accountability push, has since updated and ratified this declaration twice.

· Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

FIFA President Blatter arrives for opening ceremony of 65th FIFA Congress in ZurichBy Mike Collett and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - The corruption charges engulfing world soccer's governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the widening scandal. With FIFA facing the worst crisis in its 111-year history, Michel Platini, who heads Europe's soccer confederation UEFA, said he had told Blatter to go "with tears in my eyes", but the 79-year-old had refused. "I said, 'I'm asking you to leave, FIFA's image is terrible.' He said that he couldn't leave all of a sudden," Platini, a former French international, told reporters.

· Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Idlib provinceBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is a major part of the coalition. The Syrian army said intense fighting was going on with Nusra forces that had infiltrated Ariha.

· South Korea to ban taxi services by private drivers in blow to Uber

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers passed a bill early on Friday to ban taxi services provided by private drivers, marking what is likely the first nationwide legislation to outlaw Uber Technologies Inc's low-cost uberX service. "Uber respects this decision by the National Assembly and looks forward to continuing its conversations with Seoul City on how to best serve Seoul and its citizens within the legal framework allowed by Korean Law," the U.S. company said in a statement to Reuters ahead of the floor vote. While the legislation, which amends an existing law on transportation services, imposes a blanket ban rather than explicitly mentioning Uber, it was pushed by lawmakers to block uberX.

· Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

Australian broadcast journalist, Peter Greste, recently freed from prison in Egypt, poses for a portrait before giving a press conference at the Frontline club, LondonBy Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week. Australian Greste and two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison last June in a case that provoked an international outcry. A retrial was ordered after Egypt's highest court found procedural flaws in the initial case began in February, soon after Greste was deported to his native Australia.

· Japan data show spending, factory output muted as yen falls

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, people walk a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. Japan's jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight. The government said Friday, May 29, 2015 that the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in April, the lowest since April 1997, as firms stepped up hiring. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, FIle)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese data on Friday showed a mixed outlook for the world's third-largest economy while a renewed decline in the value of the yen is adding to uncertainty over whether the recovery is gaining ground.

· Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island. No injuries were reported after Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular fashion, sending dense pyroclastic flows of rock and hot gases seaward, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.
· Cameron urges 'flexible and imaginative' EU reforms

Prime Minister David Cameron (C) leaves after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande (L) on May 28, 2015 at the Elysee presidential Palace in ParisPrime Minister David Cameron prepared Friday to lobby German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "flexible and imaginative" EU reforms, but faces an uphill battle against Franco-German plans for a more integrated eurozone. The second day of Cameron's European tour came as his government published a law paving the way for the controversial vote on whether Britain should leave the EU that must be held by the end of 2017. The prime minister has moved rapidly to kickstart efforts to secure EU reforms before the referendum which he promised voters ahead of his surprise election win earlier this month.

· Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Vladimir Katriuk stands at his honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec. The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Katriuk passed away last week after a long illness, Orest Rudzik said Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITMONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said.

· Japanese island to be evacuated after volcano erupts

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows an eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island,JapanBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to start evacuating the island and airlines to re-route flights. A pyroclastic flow of super-heated gas and rock flowed down the side of Mount Shindake and reached the ocean after the mountain's "explosive" eruption, but officials said there was no danger to human life. "There was a huge bang and black smoke rose up immediately," Nobuaki Hayashi, an island official, told NHK television, adding that residents were gathering to await evacuation.

· Cairo yearns for liberal heyday of its park of romance

Cairo's Merryland Park pictured in July 1963It was a symbol of a more liberal Egypt where young Muslims and Christians mingled under its leafy canopies, bands played and a young Omar Sharif wooed the glamorous Faten Hamama in the classic film romance "The River of Love". A rare oasis in a metropolis home to eight million people, Merryland park offered respite from Cairo's dusty, traffic-choked cacophony. "Merryland was a vent for eastern Cairo," said Magdy Badr al-Din, whose balcony overlooks the park.

· Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president after historic win

A vendor sells wrist watches with portraits of Nigerian president-elect Mohammadu Buhari ahead of a handover ceremony in Abuja, on May 28, 2015Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's new head of state on Friday, in an unprecedented ceremony after he won the first opposition victory over a sitting president in the nation's history. The 72-year-old takes charge of Africa's most populous nation, which is facing crises on several fronts, from severe economic turmoil to Boko Haram's still-raging Islamist insurgency. The inauguration, before visiting heads of state and dignitaries, comes 32 years after the former army general seized power in a military coup.

· Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting

Htin Linn, the head of the Myanmar delegation, speaks at the "Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean" regarding the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrant crisis at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 29, 2015. In the past month, more than 3,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)BANGKOK (AP) — A regional meeting called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.

· Mexico arrests senior New Generation cartel operative

State police stand guard at a ranch along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Tanhuato, Michoacan State, on May 23, 2015, after federal police killed 42 New Generation suspects in what authorities described as an intense gunfightMexican authorities have detained a senior operative of a drug cartel that has clashed with security forces in the western state of Jalisco in recent weeks, officials said. Victor Manuel Garcia Orozco, 47, is suspected of running criminal activities of the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the Cienega region, including drug smuggling, fuel theft and extortion, the interior ministry said. The investigation into their disappearance led to the discovery of 37 clandestine graves containing 75 bodies in the Jalisco municipality of La Barca, which borders Michoacan, the statement said.

· Thailand has 600 new 'boat people' in holding areas: deputy PM
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has 600 new "boat people" in temporary holding areas, the country's Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said on Friday. There were still more migrants out at sea, Tanasak said, talking to reporters at a press conference during a regional meeting on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis. He did not say when the 600 new migrants arrived or where in Thailand they were being held. (Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alex Richardson)
· New stars likely to be found at Under-20 World Cup in NZ

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Argentina's Giovanni Simeone celebrates after scoring a goal against Paraguay during a South America Under-20 soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay. Though it will be staged on the opposite end of the earth from the most glamorous leagues and the turmoil of corruption investigations into senior soccer officials, the under-20 World Cup is set to be a showcase for a new generation of talent. Simeone, who was the leading scorer in the qualifying tournament with nine goals, is expected to be among front-runners for the Golden Ball. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A world away from the turmoil of corruption and political infighting plaguing soccer, there will be a reminder this weekend of what is best about the game — the talent showcase of the Under-20 World Cup.

· AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006, file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Guatemala City. The U.N.’s poor handling of child sex abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers in the field fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body’s human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. The letter dated May 8 from U.N. human rights field staffers is an angry response to last month’s suspension of colleague Kompass for telling French authorities, a decision that the U.N. Dispute Tribunal reversed this month. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.

· For 2nd year in a row National Spelling Bee ends in tie

Eesha Sohail, 13, of Bakersfield, Calif. reacts as she incorrectly spells "morphallaxis" during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)OXON HILL, Maryland (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Indian-Americans Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

· Australia confident Great Barrier Reef not 'in danger'

An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of QueenslandAustralia said Friday it was confident it had done enough to prevent the United Nations from listing the Great Barrier Reef, the world's biggest coral reef ecosystem, as being 'in danger'. Amid concerns about planned coastal developments, including ports, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is set to announce overnight a draft decision on the site, which teems with marine life. "They can see we are doing real work to improve the reef," Environment Minister Greg Hunt told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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