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China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

| Jul 12, 2014

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. They write books, land TV gigs, work for think tanks and in general benefit from their new home’s fascination with their old homeland. ...

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Jul 12, 2014

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress. For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment ...

China will struggle to cut CO₂ to safe levels: U.N.

Jul 11, 2014

China will struggle to cut CO₂ to safe levels: U.N.

China may struggle to cut carbon emissions to levels that prevent the worst effects of global warming, a United Nations study of 15 major emitters showed. The U.N. said per capita emissions from burning fossil fuels needs to fall to 1.6 tons in 2050 ...

Jul 11, 2014

Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

An Australian judge will be investigated for his “appalling” comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday. New South Wales state Attorney General Brad Hazzard said he was “extremely concerned” about ...

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

Jul 10, 2014

North Korea takes case against Rogen film to U.N.

North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong Un and asked Washington to block the film’s release. “The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two tabloid television ...

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

Jul 10, 2014

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presented its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. The budget promised a new era of fiscal prudence and ...