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After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

Aug 22, 2016

After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

For the Olympics, it’s so long Rio, hello Asia. The next three Olympics are headed for relatively calmer ports of call in South Korea, Japan and China following the organizational drama surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the Summer Games in Brazil, ...

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Aug 22, 2016

Risks high as major drills with U.S. kick off in South Korea

Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops began a military exercise simulating an all-out North Korean attack Monday, as Pyongyang issued bellicose threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes in retaliation. The two-week annual Ulchi Freedom exercise is largely computer-simulated, but still involves around ...

Aug 22, 2016

China stages live-firing drills in Tonkin Gulf amid tensions

China’s coast guard launched live-firing exercises in the Tonkin Gulf on Monday, the latest in a series of military drills that come amid renewed tensions among disputants to territory in the South China Sea. The Maritime Safety Administration said ships and boats were barred ...

World's longest glass bridge opens over canyon in China

Aug 22, 2016

World's longest glass bridge opens over canyon in China

Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — an inspiration for Hollywood blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 meters long and suspended 300 meters above the earth, the bridge spans a ...

Aug 22, 2016

Koreans reluctant to get married, have children

South Koreans are likely to have fewer weddings and babies this year than ever before, part of a demographic shift that risks hobbling the nation’s economy. The number of marriages and births recorded during the first five months of 2016 hit the lowest levels ...

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

Aug 21, 2016

Seoul warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South. With tensions also high before a large-scale South Korea-U.S. military exercise starting Monday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Pyongyang was bent on provocation. ...

Duterte threatens to withdraw Philippines from U.N., blasts U.S.

Aug 21, 2016

Duterte threatens to withdraw Philippines from U.N., blasts U.S.

The Philippines’ brash-talking president threatened Sunday to withdraw his country from the United Nations and lashed out at U.S. police killings of black men in his latest outburst against critics of his anti-drug campaign, which has left hundreds of suspects dead. President Rodrigo Duterte ...