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Aug 20, 2015

11 dead, 13 missing in central China floods

Flooding in central China’s Sichuan province has left at least 11 people dead and 13 others missing, and disrupted the lives of more than half a million people. State media on Thursday said heavy rains and flooding struck the province beginning Sunday. Worst-hit was ...

Aug 19, 2015

Salvage team begins work to lift sunken South Korea ferry

A Chinese-led consortium has begun preliminary work on salvaging a South Korean ferry that sank last year in a disaster that killed more than 300 people. Earlier this month, South Korea awarded a contract to the consortium led by China’s state-run Shanghai Salvage Co. ...

Modi on charm offensive as India seeks more clout

Aug 19, 2015

Modi on charm offensive as India seeks more clout

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once a pariah of the West and a sharp critic of Asian neighbors, has confounded expectations with a relentless diplomatic charm offensive designed to raise India’s standing. In his first 15 months in office, the right-wing premier has traveled to ...

Aug 18, 2015

Bangladesh arrests editor for 'defaming' minister

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have arrested a senior journalist for “defaming” a government minister on Facebook, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked concern over freedom of speech. Probir Sikdar, editor of an online news portal, was arrested in Dhaka ...