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Jul 14, 2014

Thai activists decry junta vow to deport Myanmar refugees

Thailand’s military government said Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations. Thailand’s military ...

Jul 14, 2014

China indicts U.S.-British couple in GlaxoSmithKline data-selling case

Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him. Prosecutors in Shanghai filed charges of illegally obtaining ...

Jul 14, 2014

Plane's swastika banner spurs criticism around NYC

A banner aiming to change people’s minds about what swastikas stand for has stirred outrage after it flew over beaches in New York City and on Long Island. Some beachgoers were appalled and officials fielded complaints after a plane toted the banner Saturday. The ...

North Korea blasts new pair of missiles into sea: Seoul

Jul 13, 2014

North Korea blasts new pair of missiles into sea: Seoul

North Korea launched two presumed ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks on receiving outside aid and the never-ending U.S.-South Korean military drills. ...

Jul 13, 2014

Gunman attack diving resort on Malaysia's Borneo island

A policeman was killed and a second was kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hot spot, a security official said Sunday. The shooting on Mabul island is the ...

Jul 13, 2014

Taiwan starts using drones to spy on China: reports

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported Sunday. The army in March commissioned a fleet of 32 unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, developed by ...

Popular TV journalist snatched by prosecutors in China

Jul 12, 2014

Popular TV journalist snatched by prosecutors in China

A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China’s financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday. The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his ...

Jul 12, 2014

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside ...

Jul 12, 2014

Australia slams 'extremist' PETA for sheep abuse video

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers. Joyce said Australia “does not condone the mistreatment of animals” but added that the violence shown ...

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

| Jul 12, 2014

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. They write books, land TV gigs, work for think tanks and in general benefit from their new home’s fascination with their old homeland. ...

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Jul 12, 2014

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress. For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment ...