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South Korea reports two deaths from MERS

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country’s first MERS ...

Survivors heard yelling for help in sinking China boat

Jun 2, 2015

Survivors heard yelling for help in sinking China boat

Rescuers pulled out six trapped survivors after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China’s Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said. At least other ...

Jun 2, 2015

KFC sues Chinese companies over online rumors about its food products

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government ...

Jun 1, 2015

U.S., Vietnam discuss halting South China Sea reclamations

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter discussed halting land reclamation in the South China Sea with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi on Monday in talks focused on maritime security. The meeting came after the United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to all ...

Jun 1, 2015

More than 680 in South Korea quarantined over MERS virus

More than 680 people in South Korea have been placed in isolation after having contact with those infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday. South Korea has reported 17 cases of Middle East ...

Jun 1, 2015

South Korea, China sign free trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than $200 billion. The pact — largely agreed in November and signed by the two ...

Jun 1, 2015

China to conduct live-fire military exercise near Myanmar border

China’s military will begin live-fire ammunition drills Tuesday near the country’s border with Myanmar, the Chinese defense ministry has said. The drill will be held in the southwestern province of Yunnan and aircraft will be banned from entering local airspace, the Ministry of National ...

Jun 1, 2015

China to punish officials who interfere in judicial cases

China’s top prosecutor will punish officials who attempt to interfere in court cases, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, the latest move adopted by the government to boost the rule of law and instill confidence in the courts. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate said ...

Jun 1, 2015

Ailing Thai king returns to hospital

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has returned to hospital in Bangkok for medical tests, the palace said Sunday, amid deep public concern over his health in the politically turbulent country. The 87-year-old king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, is treated as a near-deity ...