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U.S. to downgrade Myanmar in human trafficking report

Jun 28, 2016

U.S. to downgrade Myanmar in human trafficking report

The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child ...

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Jun 27, 2016

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defense source and media reports said Monday. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new ...

Jun 27, 2016

India joins missile technology nations controlling global sales

India has joined an exclusive club of countries controlling exports in missile technology, just a day after bemoaning its exclusion from another elite group that governs international nuclear fuel and technology. The Indian foreign secretary on Monday signed onto the Missile Technology Control Regime, ...

Jun 27, 2016

Mongolians head to polls with slowing economy a worry

Mongolia will elect a new parliament this week hoping it can reverse four straight years of slowing growth, against a backdrop of concerns about an erosion of democratic values in a country sandwiched between autocratic China and Russia. With just 3 million people, this ...

Jun 27, 2016

New Zealand may toughen rules for foreign trusts

New Zealand is poised to toughen its disclosure rules for foreign trusts in the wake of the massive data leak from a Panamanian law firm. Tax expert John Shewan on Monday released a report recommending a big increase in the amount of information disclosed ...

Philippines' Duterte says wants death penalty for revenge

Jun 27, 2016

Philippines' Duterte says wants death penalty for revenge

Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hit out at “stupid” human rights campaigners, as he defended his imminent war on crime and said the death penalty — which he wants to reinstate — is for retribution. Duterte gave a lengthy speech in his ...

Jun 27, 2016

Park orders 24-hour watch for market turmoil amid Brexit fallout

President Park Geun-hye on Monday ordered officials to take “all necessary measures” — including round-the-clock monitoring — to minimize market fallout after Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, Yonhap news agency reported. The U.K. vote Thursday wiped trillions of dollars off world stock ...