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Jul 18, 2014

Criminal charge recommended against Yingluck

An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand’s ousted prime minister over her government’s rice subsidy program, which cost the country billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction ...

Jul 18, 2014

China offers $20 billion fund for LatAm projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed Thursday to create a $20 billion fund to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The fund was announced at the end of a summit hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that marked the launch of the ...

Jul 18, 2014

Sri Lanka to probe alleged abuses by military

Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island’s decadeslong ethnic conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse said a current government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expanded to probe ...

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

| Jul 17, 2014

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

by Didi Tang

For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks. Since late May, at least six people at China Central ...

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. warns of aviation risk from North Korean rockets

The United States and its allies have lodged concerns with the U.N. aviation agency over North Korea’s rocket launches, fearing they could put civilian airplanes at risk, officials said Wednesday. The United States and several other countries charged that the communist state has not ...

Jul 17, 2014

Romanian princess admits running cockfighting ring in Oregon

A Romanian princess and her husband pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of running an illegal gambling operation over their involvement in a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, and her husband, John Walker, ...

China studies floating gas plants for South China Sea

Jul 17, 2014

China studies floating gas plants for South China Sea

by Chen Aizhu

Chinese energy giant CNOOC Group is studying the possibility of building a multibillion-dollar floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel, as-yet untried technology that would likely be used to produce gas from the deep waters of the South China Sea. While the state-run company has ...