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Pro-democracy protesters return to streets of Hong Kong

Thousands of prodemocracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year. Chanting “No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage,” the demonstrators held yellow umbrellas, which became a symbol of the earlier protests when the activists wielded them as a ...

'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

Feb 1, 2015

'Tiger heavyweight' Nepal hosts anti-poaching summit

Nepal’s success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Katmandu on Monday. Experts from conservation group WWF, which is co-hosting the conference with ...

China offers up to $50,000 in cash for terrorism tips in Tibet

Jan 31, 2015

China offers up to $50,000 in cash for terrorism tips in Tibet

Chinese authorities are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorist activities in the Himalayan region of Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. China’s recent efforts to fight terrorism has largely involved the neighboring region of Xinjiang, where violent attacks ...

Jan 31, 2015

French tourists arrested for photos 'au naturel' at Angkor Wat

Three male French tourists in their early twenties have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the famed Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, officials said. The three were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei Temple ...

Is Marwan dead? Philippines awaits result of costly raid

Jan 31, 2015

Is Marwan dead? Philippines awaits result of costly raid

The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: “Mike 1 bingo,” a code meaning they had killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorism suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan. But the euphoria among police generals monitoring ...

China not lovin' plan for McDonald's on famed West Lake

Jan 30, 2015

China not lovin' plan for McDonald's on famed West Lake

U.S. fast food giant McDonald’s has served up a extra-large order of controversy by proposing a branch in a historic building in one of China’s most frequently painted landscapes, Hangzhou’s West Lake. The government agency that manages the lake and its surroundings this week ...

Philippines mourns 44 slaughtered police

Jan 30, 2015

Philippines mourns 44 slaughtered police

A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins ...