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Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 24, injure 271

At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday. The series of explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday struck a district where ...

Aug 1, 2014

Foreign reporters get OK to attend briefings by PLA

Not many years ago, foreign reporters in China trying to call the country’s secretive military couldn’t even get a connection because phone numbers assigned to the journalists were barred from reaching the Defense Ministry. On Thursday, they were finally permitted to attend the Defense ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. man jailed in North Korea says he feels abandoned

Kenneth Bae, the U.S. missionary who has been detained in North Korea since 2012, has said he feels “abandoned” by his government but still hopes it will send a special envoy at an early date to secure his release, a pro-Pyongyang paper said Thursday. ...

North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think tank

Jul 30, 2014

North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think tank

Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fueling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday. Development of a working ICBM would be a game-changing step, bringing the ...

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Jul 30, 2014

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name has graced the pages of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since founding father Mao Zedong, according to researchers. The report by the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project comes amid a much-publicized ...

China puts former security chief under investigation

Jul 30, 2014

China puts former security chief under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a long-standing taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

Jul 28, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semi-autonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing’s desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted ...

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

Jul 28, 2014

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coast guard should he run into ...