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Authorities appeal for aid as death toll tops 100 in Indonesia quake

Aftershocks rattled the survivors of a devastating Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 100 people, and officials urgently appealed Thursday for medicine and doctors to treat the hundreds injured. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake leveled hundreds of homes, mosques and businesses across Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by ...

South Korea's parliament sets up presidential impeachment vote

Dec 8, 2016

South Korea's parliament sets up presidential impeachment vote

South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her powers over a huge political scandal. A parliamentary official reported the motion to a plenary session, which means an impeachment ...

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Dec 8, 2016

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic “Free French” took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders. But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia. There are six ...

Dec 8, 2016

New Zealand drops racially offensive place names

New Zealand is to erase the racially offensive word “nigger” from its landscape, the government said Thursday. The names of three areas in the Southern Alps of the South Island have been changed to words taken from the indigenous Maori language. Nigger Stream will ...