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Philippines' Aquino names Roxas as preferred successor in 2016

Philippines President Benigno Aquino, who has overseen an economic resurgence in the impoverished nation, has endorsed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his preferred successor. “The stakes are too high to leave them to chance,” Aquino said at an event in San Juan City near Manila Friday. While Roxas, a member ...

Jul 31, 2015

China slams U.S. for 'militarizing' South China Sea

China’s Ministry of National Defense on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs. Spokesman Yang Yujun’s remarks were prompted by comments ...

Taiwan students storm ministry amid furor over 'pro-China' textbooks

Jul 31, 2015

Taiwan students storm ministry amid furor over 'pro-China' textbooks

Hundreds of Taiwan students stormed the ministry of education compound early on Friday, after one committed suicide earlier in the week, intensifying anti-China protests over textbooks they say are aimed at promoting Beijing’s “one China” policy. About 700 students climbed barricades around the ministry ...

'MH370 wreckage' brings emotional turmoil

Jul 30, 2015

'MH370 wreckage' brings emotional turmoil

Relatives of passengers and crew lost with Malaysia Airlines MH370 spoke of their emotional turmoil and agonizing wait for news Thursday after reports emerged that a piece of the missing jet may have been found. Aviation investigators were heading to the French island of ...

Jul 30, 2015

Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake

Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to participate in a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared magnitude-7.2 earthquake from an active ...

Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

Jul 30, 2015

Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

China’s proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country’s “fur capital” is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favorite to ...

Jul 30, 2015

At least 15 dead as landslides bury Nepal villages

Landslides in a mountainous area of Nepal buried two villages Thursday, killing at least 15 people with several more believed to be buried, authorities said. The Home Ministry said 11 people were killed when the landslide triggered by heavy overnight rainfall buried the village ...

Jul 30, 2015

China investigates former vice-minister of environmental protection for graft

China’s former vice minister of environmental protection has been placed under investigation for “severe disciplinary and law violation,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said on Thursday, using a common euphemism for corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on ...