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May 19, 2015

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

Australia reiterated its backing Tuesday for its regional neighbors’ efforts to stem a surge in boat people in Southeast Asia by turning back vessels — a controversial strategy to deter people-smuggling also used by Canberra. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have sparked international outrage by ...

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 19, 2015

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

“Smart Relief” is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea’s government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer says it ...

China defends fishing ban, brushes off Vietnam's protest

May 18, 2015

China defends fishing ban, brushes off Vietnam's protest

China on Monday rejected Vietnam’s protest over Beijing’s seasonal fishing ban in the South China Sea, underscoring their dispute over ownership of islands and marine resources in the area. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the summer moratorium was an annual event and that ...