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China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

May 18, 2016

China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

China is staging joint war games featuring mock beach landing, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan, just days before the inauguration of the self-governing island’s new independence-leaning president. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday the air, land and sea drills ...

Australian minister under fire for 'illiterate' refugees comment

May 18, 2016

Australian minister under fire for 'illiterate' refugees comment

Australia’s immigration minister was accused of xenophobia Wednesday after he said increasing the nation’s refugee intake would lead to “illiterate and innumerate” people claiming welfare or taking local jobs. Peter Dutton was responding to proposals by the Labor opposition to boost Australia’s annual refugee ...

May 18, 2016

China, India face huge mental health burden: studies

China and India are home to more than a third of people with mental illness, but only a tiny fraction of them receive medical help, according to studies released Wednesday. There are more people in the world’s two most populous nations coping with mental, ...

May 17, 2016

Philippines detains 25 Chinese fishermen for suspected poaching

Philippine fishing authorities said Tuesday they had detained 25 Chinese crew of two seized fishing boats on suspicion of poaching, a move that could further strain ties between two countries at odds over maritime sovereignty. A joint team from the Philippine coast guard and ...

South Korean government seeks to scrap draft exemptions

May 17, 2016

South Korean government seeks to scrap draft exemptions

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday it was pushing to scrap nearly all existing exemptions to mandatory military service, citing a shortfall in the number of conscripts. Some 28,000 able-bodied men are exempted every year, either because of the nature of their academic studies, ...