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Feb 28, 2015

China gives ex-vice governor 17 years

A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former vice governor of Anhui province, was found guilty of taking more than $2 ...

Feb 28, 2015

Wild giant pandas on rebound, Chinese survey says

Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. According to a census by China’s State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in ...

Feb 28, 2015

China drafts law on counterterrorism operations abroad

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counterterrorism missions as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country’s growing global commercial and diplomatic interests. Experts said Article 76 of the draft anti-terrorism ...

Feb 27, 2015

South Korea renews license of second-oldest nuclear plant

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country’s second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart ...

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Feb 27, 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decadelong civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses. Former Maoist rebels and security forces have both been accused of carrying ...

Feb 27, 2015

South Korea, U.S. hold navy drill despite Pyongyang threats

South Korea and the United States conducted a joint naval drill on Friday ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises next week that have incensed North Korea. The drill involved 10 South Korean warships, backed by surveillance planes and helicopters, as well as ...

Feb 27, 2015

Four dead in second rare shooting in South Korea

Four people, including a policeman, were killed Friday in the second shooting incident in two days in South Korea, where gun crime is extremely rare. A 75-year-old man armed with a hunting rifle shot dead his brother, the brother’s wife and a policeman who ...