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Jan 8, 2017

Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police

Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China’s persistent problems with heavy smog. According to state media, Beijing’s acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and ...

Jan 6, 2017

Indonesia says only part of Australian cooperation halted

An Indonesian government minister clarified Thursday that the country was suspending only part of its military cooperation with Australia. Canberra promised that its investigation of an alleged insult of Indonesian beliefs was nearly complete. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said the issue began in ...

Jan 6, 2017

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege killed: police

An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year’s deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid Friday in Dhaka, police said. The bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after ...

Jan 6, 2017

Pakistani province launches app for women to report harassment

A smartphone application enabling women to report incidents of harassment to police in Pakistan’s Punjab province went live this week as authorities step up efforts to promote women’s safety in one of the worst provinces for crimes against them. With a click of a ...