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Hong Kong teen protest leader ends hunger strike

AP Wire Service HONG KONG (AP) — A prominent teenage leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests ended his hunger strike Saturday after 4 1/2 days at his doctor’s urging.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 51 | 12/13-12/19, World News0 Comments

Swiss hostage escapes from Filipino extremists

By Jim Gomez Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Swiss hostage made a dramatic escape Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists when he hacked a rebel commander and then got shot as he dashed to freedom amid a military bombardment, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, officials said.

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Powerful typhoon slams into eastern Philippines

By Teresa Cerojano and Oliver Teves Associated Press LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the central Philippines’ east coast late Saturday, knocking out power and toppling trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety, still haunted by the massive death and destruction wrought by a monster storm last year.

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Japanese paper regrets use of term ‘sex slaves’

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s biggest newspaper apologized in print Friday for using the term “sex slaves” in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 50 | 12/6-12/12, World News0 Comments

Thai legislature approves ban on surrogacy

AP Wire Service BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term, a lawmaker said Friday.

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Chinese gay dating app grows to 15 million users

By Louise Watt and Aritz Parra Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — By day, Ma Baoli was a high-ranking officer in a seaside city police force. By night, he ran a website for gay people to share experiences and on which he spoke under a pseudonym about the pressure he faced as a homosexual.

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Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries

By Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

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Nominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards

Nominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards

AP Wire Service TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The golden horse statues have been awarded, but the drama hasn’t ended from one of Asia’s biggest film festivals. Chinese actress Gong Li called Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival unprofessional after she lost the best actress category to Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang Chyi. Sometimes called the Chinese Oscars, […]

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N. Korean leader’s sister named as senior official

N. Korean leader’s sister named as senior official

AP Wire Service SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister is a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, adding to analysts’ views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country.

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Boxing emerging as big draw with Pacquiao in China

Boxing emerging as big draw with Pacquiao in China

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer MACAU (AP) — Bob Arum learned something about Chinese boxing fans earlier this year at the promoter’s first fight card in Shanghai, where the crowd yelled and cheered for the home country boxers all the way up until the main event.

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Posted in Sports, Vol 33 No 49 | 11/29-12/5, World News0 Comments

Panel predicts China will keep confronting US

By Matthew Pennington Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday.

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Scholar and journalist tried in closed hearings

Scholar and journalist tried in closed hearings

By Erica Kinetz Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Closed-door court hearings of a prominent journalist and a noted minority scholar held on Friday were sharply criticized for violating due process and chilling freedom of expression as Chinese authorities tighten oversight of public speech.

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Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism

By Deepti Hajela Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the U.S. multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could be $85 billion by 2021.

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Do’s and don’ts for Thai tourists in Japan

By Jocelyn Gecker Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don’t put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can cut the queue.

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Praise for Srikanth, Nehwal after China victories

Praise for Srikanth, Nehwal after China victories

By C. Rajshekhar Rao AP Sports Writer NEW DELHI (AP) — It’s not cricket. But that hasn’t stopped the Indian media and sports fraternity marveling at a performance few people thought they’d ever see.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 48 | 11/22-11/28, World News0 Comments

Defectors play big role in North Korean rumor mill

Defectors play big role in North Korean rumor mill

By Hyung-Jin Kim Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Video secretly taken in North Korea shows public executions by firing squad. The country is said to begin a currency revaluation that turns disastrous. Leader Kim Jong Un is reported to have thrown South Korean leaflets containing rumors about his wife in his aides’ faces.

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China wants Uighur refugees back from Thailand

AP Wire Service BEIJING (AP) — More than 200 refugees detained in Thailand earlier this year are believed to be Chinese Uighurs and should be repatriated, a Chinese consul said, dismissing concerns they will be mistreated.

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American questioned for shipping human body parts

By Thanyarat Doksone Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — A parcel delivery company in Bangkok put three packages bound for the United States through a routine X-ray and made a startling discovery: preserved human parts, including an infant’s head, a baby’s foot and an adult heart.

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Tense turns in freeing US captives in North Korea

Tense turns in freeing US captives in North Korea

By Calvin Woodward Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When U.S. spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two U.S. captives, he ran into a potential hitch. North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for freeing the men and Clapper had none to offer. […]

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Obama says ‘Rohingya,’ displeasing Myanmar hosts

Obama says ‘Rohingya,’ displeasing Myanmar hosts

By Todd Pitman and Julie Pace Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week — they were hoping he would simply say their name.

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