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Bangladesh braces for protests after Islamist’s execution

By  Julhas Salam Associated Press DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP)—Bangladesh braced for protests and fresh violence Sunday after a senior official of the largest Islamist party was executed on charges of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war, the second man to be hanged since the government revived war crime trials that have sharpened political […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/24, World News0 Comments

No news is good news — On Carter’s first Asia trip as Pentagon chief, calm prevails

HONOLULU (AP)—No news is good news. That might have been the bumper sticker for Ash Carter’s first tour of Asia as secretary of defense. It was mostly quiet on the Eastern front. Carter consulted with Japanese and South Korean leaders, gave pep talks to American troops, stressed the U.S. military’s stabilizing influence in the region […]

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Cancer surge in China prompts rise of special patient hotels

By Jack Chang Associated Press BEIJING (AP)—Li Xiaohe has set herself up for the long haul in a cramped but sunny room in western Beijing, about a block from China’s most renowned cancer hospital. Her laundry dries on hangers and her husband cooks in a communal kitchen as she embarks on an 84-day program of […]

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Thai junta links Samui island bombing to political opponents

By Thanyarat Doksone BANGKOK (AP) — A car bomb explosion that slightly injured seven people on the popular resort island of Samui in southern Thailand may be linked to the country’s political turmoil, a spokesman for the military government said Saturday. Initial reports indicated that the attack late Friday was carried out by the same […]

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China says Taiwan won’t be among charter members of new bank

By Christopher Bodeen Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Cross-strait frictions remerged Monday as China said Taiwan won’t be among the charter members of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, apparently because of a dispute over what name the island should use in the institution. Taiwan is among more than 40 countries applying for membership in […]

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Remembering the Khmer Rouge Takeover and its aftermath 40 years later

Remembering the Khmer Rouge Takeover and its aftermath 40 years later

By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weeky Khmer Rouge Takeover Forty years ago on April 17, Pol Pot led the Khmer Rouge into Phnom Penh and took over with the goal of creating a purely agrarian-based Communist society. Over a span of four years, the Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of […]

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The Layup Drill — Seasons change and so do the sports

The Layup Drill — Seasons change and so do the sports

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Welcome to another edition of The Layup Drill. In this edition, we take a look at the close of the NBA season, the start of baseball, and golf is always on our minds. Bhullar is first Indian born player in NBA Gursimran “Sim” Bhullar made his long-awaited debut in […]

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Chief Court Musician, Hiroaki Tohgi on goodwill visit to Seattle

Chief Court Musician, Hiroaki Tohgi on goodwill visit to Seattle

Japan Arts Connection Lab (JACLab) will be bringing Noh + Opera as well as Jiuta (“Music of Kyoto’s pleasure quarters”) performances to Seattle audiences. This year, there will be a goodwill visit to Seattle by the Chief Court Musician of Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, Hiroaki Tohgi. He will be presenting through the week of May […]

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CAPAA seeks applicants to serve on the Commission

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in serving on the Commission. CAPAA serves to improve the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, health, and other areas. If selected, the individual will help […]

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A birthday salute to an Asian American hero — Gordon Hirabayashi, An American Freedom Fighter

A birthday salute to an Asian American hero — Gordon Hirabayashi, An American Freedom Fighter

By Maria Batayola and Gary Iwamoto Northwest Asian Weekly We always wanted to have heroes and she-roes who look like us to be inspiration not only for us but also for our children.  We have them all around us, sometimes invisible, sometimes forgotten. Here is one American hero and patriot who made a tremendous difference […]

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Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

Much love for the Panama Hotel — Seattle has its national treasure

By Peggy Chapman Northwest Asian Weekly Oregon has the Willamette Falls Navigation and Locks, and now Seattle has its beloved Panama Hotel as the city’s first National Treasure. There are approximately 60 buildings, neighborhoods, post offices,  even ships (the Delta Queen in Mississippi) declared National Treasures, and now Seattle has its own national treasure in […]

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Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

Sharon Maeda to run for City Council

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Sharon Maeda submitted her application for the Council position vacated by Sally Clark (as of April 13). According to Maeda, “After 47 years of professional life, I have just retired. At the same time, there was never any question that I would continue to work for social justice. And, despite […]

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New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

New Seattle laws mean changes ahead, no more business as usual

By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Following SeaTac’s approval of a minimum wage at $15 an hour in November 2013, Seattle’s version of the law took effect on April 1, along with a law on administrative wage theft. According to the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), forty-one percent of low-wage workers in Seattle are […]

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How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

How are businesses dealing with the minimum wage law?

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dilemmas and misconceptions about the Seattle’s $15 wage minimum law begin since its implementation on April 1. A big misconception for many Seattle workers caused by the minimum wage law is that, “they are going to get $15 an hour on April 1,” said Evelyn Mendoza, Uwajimaya’s Human Resources […]

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Disaster expo shows innovations in thriving Japan industry

By Elaine Kurtenbach AP Business Writer SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there’s a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products on display at an exhibition on the sidelines […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 16 | 4/11-4/17, World News0 Comments

Filipino devotees nailed to crosses in Good Friday rites

By Joeal Calupitan Associated Press SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Screaming in pain, Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation. Church leaders have spoken against the annual practice mixing Catholic devotion with folk belief, but it continues […]

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Fast-growing Asian aviation confronts safety challenges

By Kelvin Chan Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — For Asia’s aviation industry, the growing pains have just begun. A year of disasters, the disappearance of Flight 370 and financial turbulence highlight the challenges confronting the world’s biggest air travel market, where governments, regulators and airlines are struggling to keep up after a decade of […]

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Indian minister complains of camera peeping in changing room

By Mayabhusan Navenkar Associated Press PANAJI, India (AP) — Indian police on Friday investigated a federal government minister’s complaint that a niche boutique in the southwestern resort of Goa had a closed-circuit TV looking into a changing room where she was trying out clothes. Police officer Nilesh Rane said Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani […]

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Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australian drug smugglers

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo’s decision to refuse them clemency and spare their lives. The complaints by Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were tried separately with the same three-judge panel at the Jakarta High Administrative Court, which agreed with […]

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Canada police: 7 arrested in massive Asian prostitution ring

MONTREAL (AP) — Seven members of an Asia-based organized crime syndicate have been arrested for exploiting more than 500 women mostly from China and Korea in a prostitution ring that spanned Canada, authorities said Thursday. The ring operated in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, authorities said after a year-long investigation. Two […]

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