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Sep 12, 2014

South Korea to hike cigarette price by 80%

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 percent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world’s highest male smoking rates. The decision requires parliamentary approval, but Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said it was necessary to counter ...

Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asian girls marry by age 18

Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday. The report said child marriage is pervasive in the region even though most ...

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

Sep 11, 2014

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

Raging monsoon floods across India and Pakistan that have killed more than 450 people poured into the plains of eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, sending a major river over its banks and threatening to force hundreds of thousands from their homes. The Chenab River ...

Search for two missing climbers begins on Myanmar's tallest peak

Sep 11, 2014

Search for two missing climbers begins on Myanmar's tallest peak

Helicopters will begin an aerial search for two mountaineers who lost contact with their base camp after scaling what has long been considered Myanmar’s tallest peak, officials said Wednesday. Myo Thant, leader of the Mountaineering Association, said eight climbers headed up Hkakabo Razi last ...

Sep 10, 2014

Vietnam accuses China of beating fishermen

Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and has demanded severe punishment for those involved in an incident that could increase tensions in a sea dispute between the communist neighbors. Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website late ...

Sep 10, 2014

U.S., China security leaders spar over jet maneuvers

Top U.S. and China security officials disagreed this week over what the United States said was China’s intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane near the southern island province of Hainan. U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, on a three-day visit to Beijing, told ...