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MH370 jet passengers likely suffocated, Australia says

Jun 27, 2014

MH370 jet passengers likely suffocated, Australia says

The passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on autopilot, Australian officials said Thursday. In a 55-page report, the Australian Transport Safety Board outlined how investigators had arrived at this conclusion ...

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Sewol survivors return to school

Jun 25, 2014

Sewol survivors return to school

Holding hands as they walked through the school gates, some fighting back tears, 75 children who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years returned to class on Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends. Wailing parents of the 250 children who did ...

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Jun 25, 2014

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Tobacco companies largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs on sale, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that has the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a “wild, Wild West” of advertising. Despite having ...

South Korea uses decoy for fugitive soldier

Jun 25, 2014

South Korea uses decoy for fugitive soldier

South Korean military officials used a stand-in to pretend to be a captured runaway soldier in an elaborate deception for the media while the real fugitive was taken to a hospital with wounds from a failed suicide attempt, a Defense Ministry official said Tuesday. ...

Navy drills will boost China-U.S.  contacts

Jun 24, 2014

Navy drills will boost China-U.S. contacts

Chinese warships will join U.S.-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant effort by the two powers’ fighting forces to forge connections. Rising giant China and superpower the United States frequently find themselves at loggerheads as Beijing asserts ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom’s domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 24, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...