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New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

It has been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video, called “I Hate Thailand,” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week. But it turned out the ...

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Nov 28, 2014

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees were expected to turn the village of Bariyapur near the Indian border ...

Nov 27, 2014

China hit by second deadly mine blast in two days

At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years. The official Xinhua News Agency ...

Nov 27, 2014

Guam attorney general investigating election

Guam’s attorney general is investigating allegations of pre-marked ballots in the general election. The Office of the Attorney General confirmed Wednesday that it received documents from the Guam Election Commission related to the allegations. A precinct officer in Dededo signed an affidavit saying she ...

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

Nov 26, 2014

Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site

Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong’s prodemocracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony. In the second day of the operation ...

Nov 26, 2014

Formal inquiry urged into abuse at Australian military academy

Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defense force found Wednesday. The chair of the investigating task force, Len Roberts-Smith, said two reports submitted in parliament contained “shocking accounts of ...

Nov 26, 2014

China considers suing 'economic fugitives' in the U.S.

China is considering suing people suspected of committing economic crimes who have fled to the United States and elsewhere with billions of dollars, an unusual step in a widening anti-graft campaign, a senior official said on Wednesday. The move, part of President Xi Jinping’s ...

Nov 26, 2014

'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

Singapore on Wednesday banned U.S.-based “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimizing “sexual assault and predation.” The move follows a similar ban by Britain last week. Officials in other ...

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

Nov 26, 2014

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets. They had tried their luck in New Zealand’s gold rush, and ...