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Women in South Korea forecast to outnumber men next year

South Korea will undergo a major demographic change next year when, for the first time, women will outnumber men — the result of an aging population. According to the state data agency Statistics Korea, the number of women in 2015 will reach 25.31 million compared to 25.3 million men. The ...

Nov 24, 2014

Korean exam chief resigns over bungled questions

South Korea’s education minister apologized and the head of the national exam board resigned Monday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country’s cutthroat college entrance exam. The acknowledgement that mistakes were made followed a flood of complaints to the ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Nov 24, 2014

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial next year after psychiatric tests. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Rurik Jutting, who has undergone two weeks ...

Nov 24, 2014

Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej met the country’s prime minister and two other ministers on Sunday, helping to ease concern over his health after he was admitted to a hospital last month. Bhumibol, 86, attended an official ceremony at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where he is ...

Nov 23, 2014

Strong quake in west China kills 2; 54 hurt

A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the town ...

Hong Kong democracy movement split in protest-weary city

| Nov 22, 2014

Hong Kong democracy movement split in protest-weary city

Hong Kong’s prodemocracy protesters are at a crossroads — as public support fades after nearly two months of mass sit-ins and gridlocked traffic, activists are split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign. With little hope of fresh dialogue between protesters and ...