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Mar 21, 2015

Paper airplanes, parents help Indian pupils outsmart state exams

Around 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week, education authorities said Friday. The incident has gotten widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls ...

Mar 20, 2015

In Vanuatu, survivors await help as death toll inches up

Thousands of people left homeless by a fierce cyclone remained stuck in shelters across Vanuatu on Friday, waiting for relief and longing for a return to normalcy as the death toll from the disaster rose by two to 13. Australian and French troops arrived ...

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

Mar 20, 2015

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

A Sydney cafe that was the scene of a siege three months ago reopened on Friday with plaques honoring two victims killed during the 16-hour standoff, which prompted tighter Australian immigration controls and a review of anti-terror laws. The Lindt Chocolate Cafe opened its ...

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

Mar 20, 2015

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

by Laurent Abadie

Chinese investors now rival the French in buying vineyards in Bordeaux: a sign both of the region’s global prestige and China’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for wine, according to local property agencies and industry associations. More than 100 properties in France’s southwest wine-producing area are ...

Mar 19, 2015

Yingluck rice subsidy case to go before court

Thailand’s Supreme Court accepted a criminal case against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on a charge of mishandling a multibillion-dollar rice subsidy scheme, and she could be jailed for 10 years if found guilty. “This case is in the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction ...

Mar 19, 2015

Singapore probes hoax on Lee Kuan Yew's death

The Singapore government Wednesday quashed rumors that ailing former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had died and asked police to investigate a “doctored” statement on his passing. The 91-year-old Asian statesman is in critical condition at a government hospital six weeks after being confined ...