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China bans ivory imports for year to protect elephants

Feb 27, 2015

China bans ivory imports for year to protect elephants

China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants. The State Administration of Forestry declared the ban in a public notice ...

Feb 26, 2015

South Korea court says adultery law is unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial law outlawing adultery and threatening violators with jail. It marked the fifth time in 25 years that the court had considered the constitutionality of a 1953 statute which made South Korea one of the ...

Feb 26, 2015

Sidewalk sinkhole swallows South Korean couple

Concerns about public safety standards in South Korea have been fueled by shocking CCTV images of a young couple being swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened at their feet on the sidewalk in Seoul. The footage, which has gone viral on social networking ...

Feb 26, 2015

China's top court rails against Western model of judicial independence

China’s top court has urged officials from the ruling Communist Party to shun Western-style judicial independence, state media said on Thursday, as controls over the media, dissent and the Internet are tightened. The comments by China’s Supreme Court, Beijing’s latest attack on Western ideology, ...

Feb 26, 2015

China convicts 81-year-old writer who criticized propaganda chief

A Chinese court sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail Wednesday on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said. The conviction of Huang Zerong, better known by ...

Feb 25, 2015

Gunman kills 3 in South Korea store; suspect found dead

A gunman shot and killed three people Wednesday in a Sejong City convenience store that he then torched before fleeing, South Korean police said. The suspect was later found dead. A hunting rifle was recovered near the suspect’s body a few kilometers (miles) from ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reality TV shows draw hordes of S. Koreans to Croatia

Koreans finding love and adventure traveling through Croatia in reality TV shows have put the Balkan nation on the map, making it a popular tourist destination for the Asian market. It all started back in 2012 with the filming of the South Korean show ...