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Sep 27, 2016

Taiwan closes schools, offices ahead of island-wide typhoon

Taiwan closed schools and offices as a large typhoon with 162 kilometers- (100 miles-) per-hour winds approached the mountainous island Tuesday. Authorities raised alert levels because Typhoon Megi’s bands of wind and rain were expected to cover the entire island, which is prone to ...

Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Sep 27, 2016

Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers that are rivals to the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” ...

Sep 27, 2016

China sentences activists for 'disturbing social order': Xinhua

Three labor activists were given suspended sentences of two to four years, Chinese state media said Tuesday, citing their involvement with “overseas organizations hostile to China.” Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labor rights group the Panyu Workers’ Center, was given a three-year sentence ...

Sep 26, 2016

China's North Korean coal imports surge despite sanctions: data

China’s coal imports from North Korea have surged in recent months, government data showed Monday, raising questions about Beijing’s commitment to international sanctions intended to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program. As the isolated country’s sole ally and main provider of trade and aid, Beijing’s participation ...

Sep 26, 2016

Smoke alert aboard Philippine Airlines flight to Haneda

Smoke from an air vent forced a Philippine Airlines flight to Japan to turn back 20 minutes after takeoff on Monday, aviation officials said. “Apparently there was information that the pilot detected smoke in the cabin. So as part of safety measures, the pilot ...