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Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Jul 26, 2014

Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground. Seven French and one Canadian expert representing France’s Bureau of ...

Jul 26, 2014

Retired Chinese military officers told to 'return houses' in crackdown

China has told retired military officers to return nonessential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities,” state media said Sunday, as Beijing steps up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess. Abnormalities were revealed in an inspection into “housing and infrastructure construction” that ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...

Jul 26, 2014

U.S.: China test-fires anti-satellite missile

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “nondestructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created ...

Jul 26, 2014

China again tested controversial anti-satellite missile, U.S. says

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “nondestructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created ...

| Jul 24, 2014

China woos Latin America with deals

by Jean-herve Deiller

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour in Cuba on Wednesday, heading home with dozens of deals underlining Beijing’s growing interest — and influence — in the region. Xi kicked off his trip at a summit of the BRICS emerging ...

More than 40 dead in TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan

Jul 24, 2014

More than 40 dead in TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan

More than 40 people were feared dead in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. Taiwan’s transport minister said 10 bodies had so far been ...

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

Jul 23, 2014

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan called a midair “massacre.” As with the Malaysian plane, the loss of ...