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May 26, 2015

China's army compares South China Sea moves to road-building

China’s military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun’s ...

May 26, 2015

Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that its says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbors and the United States. The South China Sea Peace Initiative announced by President Ma ...

May 26, 2015

Meth seizures quadruple across Asia-Pacific, says U.N. drugs agency

Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the U.N. said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption. Growing economic integration across the region was also enabling cross-border criminal networks to cooperate ...

India heat wave death toll tops 430 as mercury soars

May 26, 2015

India heat wave death toll tops 430 as mercury soars

More than 430 people have died in two Indian states during a heat wave that has seen temperatures nudge 50 degrees Celsius and force Kolkata’s iconic yellow taxis off the road, officials said Monday. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with ...

May 25, 2015

China executes patient who killed doctor over botched nose job

China on Monday executed a man who stabbed a doctor to death over what he considered a botched nose operation, media reported, in a case that spotlights the country’s overburdened health system. Lian Enqing was sentenced to death last year for a fatal attack ...