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Thousands march in South Korea protest

By Kim Tong-Hyung   Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. Thousands of demonstrators supporting the relatives of ferry disaster victims […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/8, World News0 Comments

Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take “de facto control’’ of the area. Philippine Foreign Secretary […]

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Man arrested over drone at Japanese prime minister’s office

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low-level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister’s office to protest the government’s nuclear energy policy, officials said Saturday. Tokyo metropolitan police said Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself in to authorities late […]

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Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000; villages plead for aid

By Katy Daigle and Binaj Gurubacharya Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — As the death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine. Help poured in after Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 quake, with countries large and small sending medical […]

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Posted in May 2015, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/8, World News1 Comment

Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP)  — Japan’s ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media. The Liberal Democratic Party’s panel on information and communications strategy questioned the executives from Asahi TV and public broadcaster […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/1, World News0 Comments

China activist more determined after lockup

China activist more determined after lockup

By Didi Tang and Jack Chang Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The most prominent of five recently released Chinese feminists feels her dedication to activism has grown only stronger after spending 37 days in detention with interrogators who blew smoke onto her face and insulted her sexual orientation, her girlfriend, and her, her lawyer said. […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 18 | 4/25-5/1, World News0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s group gets North Korea support to walk across DMZ

By Cara Anna Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea has decided to support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem, and organizers say they hope South Korea will give its approval as well. Co-organizer Christine Ahn told The Associated Press that North Korea […]

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

Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory

By Tran Van Minh Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike last Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts. The stoppage by thousands of workers at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City […]

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More than 300 fishermen rescued from slavery from Indonesian island

More than 300 fishermen rescued from slavery from Indonesian island

By Robin McDowell and Margie Mason Associated Press TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — The same trawlers that had enslaved countless migrant fishermen for years carried more than 300 of them to freedom Saturday, following a dramatic rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many men believed would likely be their final resting place. After 17 hours […]

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

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