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Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Jan 22, 2015

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Sri Lanka’s new government has exonerated former army chief Sarath Fonseka of all charges, including treason, that were filed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and restored his rank and medals. New President Maithripala Sirisena used his executive powers Wednesday to clear Fonseka of all ...

AirAsia jet's alarms 'screaming' before crash: investigator

Jan 22, 2015

AirAsia jet's alarms 'screaming' before crash: investigator

Warning alarms in AirAsia Flight QZ8501 were “screaming” as the pilots desperately tried to stabilize the plane just before it plunged into the Java Sea last month, a crash investigator said Wednesday. The noise of several alarms — including one that indicated the plane ...

Jan 22, 2015

180 Australians backing Islamic State group, says minister

Australia called Wednesday for a broader international coalition, led by the U.S., to combat the “terrifying challenge” of jihadi groups that are challenging governments and aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she’s “deeply troubled” by ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Jan 21, 2015

Asian Muslims slam Charlie response

The West’s defense of Charlie Hebdo’s right to offend is testing the patience of Muslims even in moderate Indonesia and Malaysia, who fear it could fuel radical sentiment kindled by the Islamic State group. Publicly, the issue has stirred barely a ripple in the ...

Jan 20, 2015

AirAsia jet climbed fast then stalled: minister

An AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month with 162 people on board climbed at a faster than normal speed and then stalled, the Indonesian transport minister said Tuesday. Flight QZ8501 went down on Dec. 28 in stormy weather during what ...

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Beijing 'never paid' for aircraft carrier, report says

Jan 20, 2015

Beijing 'never paid' for aircraft carrier, report says

The Chinese businessman who bought an unfinished Soviet-era vessel that became his country’s first aircraft carrier was never paid back the $120 million it cost him by Beijing, he was quoted as saying Tuesday. Entrepreneur Xu Zengping paid Ukraine a $20 million fee for ...

Jan 20, 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army

Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modeled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests. “Through drills and training camps, the new voluntary uniformed youth group aims to ...