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Oct 20, 2014

Bear in Chinese zoo bites arm off boy trying to feed it

A bear in China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through the cage. Media reports say the attack happened Saturday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in central China, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed ...

Oct 20, 2014

Amnesty slams 'abuse' of migrant workers in South Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published on Monday. The report, which the South Korean Labour Ministry suggested was exaggerated, came on the heels of ...

Oct 20, 2014

22 dead in attack on Han Chinese market in Xinjiang, report says

Four Uighur men armed with knives and explosives attacked a marketplace in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region on Oct. 12, leaving 22 people dead, including police officers, Radio Free Asia said Sunday. The attackers were among the dead. It quoted police as saying the attack ...

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

Oct 20, 2014

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

A controversial plan to make Muslim women wearing the face-covering veil sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia’s Parliament House because of security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. On October 2, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry decided that ...

Oct 20, 2014

Low expectations as China's ruling Communists ponder legal reforms

Leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party opened a highly-anticipated meeting Monday to discuss how to rule the country in accordance with law. That has fed hopes that the party might move to respect the letter and spirit of the constitution, but some legal experts ...

Hopes to end deadlock in Hong Kong hang on Tuesday talks

Oct 20, 2014

Hopes to end deadlock in Hong Kong hang on Tuesday talks

A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. Dozens of people were reportedly injured in two nights of clashes that ...

Foreign forces at work in Hong Kong protests: Leung Chun-ying

Oct 20, 2014

Foreign forces at work in Hong Kong protests: Leung Chun-ying

Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Sunday said “foreign forces” were at work in the pro-democracy movement that has paralyzed parts of the city, as demonstrators accused police of using excessive violence during ugly clashes. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said “external forces” from other countries ...