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North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

Jul 22, 2015

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday. Any such launch would almost certainly be viewed by the international community as a ...

Jul 21, 2015

College librarian in China admits he replaced art with fakes

A former chief librarian at a Chinese university admitted in court Tuesday to stealing more than 140 paintings by grandmasters in a gallery under his watch and replacing them with fakes he painted himself. For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous ...

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

Jul 21, 2015

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defense budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. The proposed 2016 national budget, which President Benigno Aquino is to present to parliament for approval ...

Jul 21, 2015

Knife man wounds four during attack at Taipei subway station

An unemployed man wielding a kitchen knife wounded four people in an attack on the subway in Taipei late Monday, just over a year after another stabbing spree left four dead and more than 20 injured, police said Tuesday. The attack on an escalator ...

Jul 21, 2015

South Korea tourism struggles to recover from MERS outbreak

The recent outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus in South Korea has left the country’s tourist industry in intensive care, with visitor numbers plunging more than 40 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday. As the country scrambles to ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pacific man's bid to be first climate refugee rejected

A Pacific Islander who launched a landmark bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee faces deportation from New Zealand after a court rejected his appeal Monday. Ioane Teitiota, 38, argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati because rising seas ...

N. Koreans cast ballots in 'festive' local elections

Jul 20, 2015

N. Koreans cast ballots in 'festive' local elections

State-controlled local elections in North Korea on Sunday saw a 99.97 percent voter participation rate, state media reported, in polls to elect new representatives put forward by the ruling party. Typically, 99 percent of North Korean voters in the de facto single-party state take ...

Jul 20, 2015

How to speak Australian: Just abbreviate everything

Traveling to Australia and want to fit in? Or just trying to understand your mates from Down Under? The Sydney pastor behind a video that has gone viral explaining the local lingo might be able to help. Josh Hawkins put the three-minute clip entitled ...