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Jul 28, 2015

M7 temblor jolts Indonesia's Papua; no tsunami alert: USGS

A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the eastern Indonesian province of Papua on Tuesday, U.S. seismologists said, causing panicked people to run out of their homes. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which struck inland, and Indonesia’s national disaster agency said there ...

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Jul 27, 2015

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues stormed a police station Monday in India’s northern frontier state of Punjab close to the border with Pakistan, killing six people and wounding several others. Police exchanged fire with the attackers, who remained holed up in the ...

China unveils logo to mark WWII victory over Japan

Jul 27, 2015

China unveils logo to mark WWII victory over Japan

China on Monday unveiled its official logo for the forthcoming commemorations of victory over Japan 70 years ago, invoking both peace in the form of doves and robust nationalism with Communist colors and imagery of the Great Wall. The symbol is centered around a ...

Jul 27, 2015

Australian 'Islamic State nurse' remanded in custody

An Australian nurse who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was Monday remanded in custody on terrorism charges relating to carrying out guard duty and reconnaissance for the militants. Adam Brookman, a 39-year-old father of five, is accused of knowingly providing support ...

Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...