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Filipino Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl

Filipino Miss Universe winner says next dream is to be a Bond girl

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has her eyes set on her next big dream: being a Bond girl. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach returned home to the Philippines for the first time since her crowning — and that awkward moment when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of her. […]

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Posted in Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/5, World News0 Comments

Taiwan elects first female president and rejects pro-China party

Taiwan elects first female president and rejects pro-China party

By Christopher Bodeen and Ralph Jennings Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president Jan. 16, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and rejecting the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years. The result should be deeply unsettling to […]

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Posted in Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/5, World News0 Comments

Suicide of student triggers protests over castes in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Shouting slogans and holding placards, hundreds of students on Jan. 19 angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor along with a federal minister of unfairly […]

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Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in Indian state, now are palms

PANAJI, India (AP) — Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in the tropical Indian state of Goa, where authorities have reclassified them as palms to allow farmers to cut them down more easily.

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Posted in Vol 35 No 5 | 1/30-2/5, World News0 Comments

Temple town in south India cleaning up due to plastic ban

Temple town in south India cleaning up due to plastic ban

By Anna Mathews Associated Press PATHANAMTHITTA, India (AP) — Millions of Hindu men trudge the steep, three-hour climb to a hilltop temple to worship a celibate god every year. They bathe away their sins in the Pamba River. And these days, they leave less of a trace thanks to new rules aimed at getting rid […]

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Posted in Vol 35 No 4 | 1/23-1/29, World News0 Comments

Thai cosmetics company pulls ad depicting blackface

BANGKOK (AP) — “You just need to be white to win.”

A skin-whitening ad in Thailand featuring that slogan alongside a famous actress in blackface makeup sparked such outrage that the company pulled it Friday, Jan. 8, just a day after releasing it. The retraction did little, however, to stem a debate the ad ignited about the regularity of racist advertisements in the Southeast Asian country.

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Posted in Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/22, World News0 Comments

Seoul delivers barrage of K-pop music across border to North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea tries to get under the skin of its archrival with border broadcasts that feature not only criticism of North Korea’s nuclear program, troubled economy and human rights abuses, but also a unique homegrown weapon: K-pop.

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Posted in Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/22, World News0 Comments

South Korea, Japan settle deal on wartime Korean sex slaves

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan on Monday reached a deal meant to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II, an important breakthrough for the Northeast Asian powers. The deal, which […]

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Posted in Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/8, World News0 Comments

Chinese mine boss drowns himself after deadly collapse

Chinese mine boss drowns himself after deadly collapse

BEIJING (AP) — The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine drowned last Sunday after jumping into a well in an apparent suicide amid rescue efforts for 17 workers still trapped two days after the mine collapsed and killed one person, state media said. Quoting a briefing by the rescue command center, state media said Ma […]

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Posted in Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/8, World News0 Comments

Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

By Yves Dam Van and Jocelyn Gecker Associated Press KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court on Dec. 24 sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year, in a case that raised questions about police competence and the judicial system in Thailand. Human […]

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Japanese mountaineer Kei Taniguchi falls to her death from peak

Japanese mountaineer Kei Taniguchi falls to her death from peak

By Elaine Kurtenbach Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Mountaineer Kei Taniguchi fell to her death while climbing this week in the snowy Daisetsuzan range in northern Japan’s Hokkaido. She was 43. Taniguchi, who climbed Mount Everest in 2007, became the first woman to win the prestigious Piolet d’Or (Golden Ice Axe) mountaineering award in 2009. […]

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Washington state sues firm, alleges tech support scam

Washington state sues firm, alleges tech support scam

By Gene Johnson Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state sued one of the world’s largest independent tech support companies Wednesday, saying it routinely scams customers into buying software and services they don’t need. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit against the U.S. operations of iYogi, an India-based company which boasts of 3 million […]

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Posted in Business, Vol 34 No 53 | 12/26/2015-1/1/2016, World News0 Comments

Former refugee thanks governor who welcomed him in 1975

Former refugee thanks governor who welcomed him in 1975

By Melissa Santos The News Tribune TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Vuong Nguyen has spent the past 40 years feeling indebted to former Washington Gov. Dan Evans. This year, the former Vietnamese refugee finally found a way to express his thanks: by giving the former Republican governor a bonsai tree landscape. Nguyen was one of the […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 53 | 12/26/2015-1/1/2016, World News0 Comments

Samsung aid for sick workers comes with conditions, secrecy

Samsung aid for sick workers comes with conditions, secrecy

By Youkyung Lee AP Technology Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung’s hopes of ending years of acrimony over whether its computer-chip factories caused cancer have hit a hitch: Some sickened workers and their families say they’ll never accept its highly conditional offer of financial assistance. As recently as the middle of last year, it […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/25, World News0 Comments

Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post

Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post

By Kelvin Chan AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it’s buying Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as part of a plan to create a global platform for news about China. Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., founded by billionaire Jack Ma, said it signed […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/25, World News0 Comments

Prominent tycoon entangled in Chinese investigation

Prominent tycoon entangled in Chinese investigation

By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s top entrepreneurs, the chairman of the Fosun conglomerate that owns Club Med and other businesses in Europe and the U.S., is assisting Chinese authorities with an investigation, his company said, a possible sign that an anti-corruption campaign is widening beyond state companies. Fosun […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/25, World News0 Comments

Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in hit-and-run case

Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in hit-and-run case

MUMBAI, India (AP) — An appeal court acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan last Thursday in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case from more than a decade. The Bombay High Court threw out an earlier conviction and five-year sentence given to the 49-year-old actor. “The trial court’s verdict is quashed and set aside,” Justice A.R. Joshi said in […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/25, World News0 Comments

No consensus about legality of Trump’s idea of Muslim ban

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no legal or historical precedent for closing U.S. borders to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, but neither is there any Supreme Court case that clearly prevents a president or Congress from doing so. Legal experts are divided over how the high court would react to Republican […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/25, World News0 Comments

In S. Korea, a town of Kims — and an unusual shared history

In S. Korea, a town of Kims — and an unusual shared history

By Hyung-Jim Kim Associated Press NONSAN, South Korea (AP) — Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/18, World News0 Comments

Nepal struggles with challenges — Many residents, their lives at risk, face bleak existence

Nepal struggles with challenges — Many residents, their lives at risk, face bleak existence

By Binaj Gurubacharya YA Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Shiva Parwar has been camping on the pavement for five days, waiting in line for cooking gas. There are 521 gas cylinders ahead of his, and not even the dealer knows when more fuel will arrive, thanks to a two-month-long border blockade that shows no […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/18, World News0 Comments

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