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China's top legislative advisory body holds annual session

The more than 2,000 members of China’s top legislative advisory body convened their annual meeting Tuesday, kicking off a political high season that will continue with the opening of the national congress later in the week. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, opened the session in ...

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

Mar 3, 2015

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

A Canadian pastor who has reportedly gone missing in North Korea was invited to the capital Pyongyang just before his disappearance, a prominent Seoul activist said Tuesday. Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has not been heard from ...

Mar 3, 2015

For North Korean defectors, fame brings cash — and suspicion

Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea’s premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang’s nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs. His testimony at a news conference in 1994 came ...

Mar 3, 2015

Australia expected to announce more troops bound for Iraq

Australia was expected to confirm Tuesday an increase in troops to be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces to fight the Islamic State group. The Cabinet on Monday night approved the deployment as part of a joint Australia-New Zealand training mission ...

Mar 3, 2015

Pollution documentary attracts millions of views in China

A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution. Hosted by former state television reporter Chai Jing, “Under ...

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Mar 2, 2015

Hong Kong lawmakers arrested over pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong prodemocracy lawmakers were arrested and then released Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation that has been accused of seeking to intimidate activists. Police have vowed to investigate the “principal instigators” of ...