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US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

AP Wire Service PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 39 | 9/20-9/26, World News0 Comments

Japan’s World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

Japan’s World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the United States and one of the biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Yamaguchi died […]

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Posted in Vol 33 No 39 | 9/20-9/26, World News0 Comments

5 women named to Japan’s Cabinet, tying past high

5 women named to Japan’s Cabinet, tying past high

By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet on Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to change deep-seated views on gender and revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19, World News0 Comments

Wanted: Media directors for ancient Chinese temple

Wanted: Media directors for ancient Chinese temple

AP Wire Service BEIJING (AP) — Help wanted: Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice martial arts, or eat vegetarian.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19, World News0 Comments

A guide to Thailand’s surrogacy scandals and laws

By Jocelyn Gecker Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — A string of recent scandals has lifted a lid on Thailand’s largely unregulated commercial surrogacy industry, which has been around for over a decade. Here’s a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised, and the Thai military government’s new draft law that […]

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Posted in Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19, World News0 Comments

China sacks officers after 3-man jailbreak

AP Wire Service BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities announced Friday that a jail warden and three other police officers were fired after a rare jailbreak in northern China by three inmates who strangled a guard.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19, World News0 Comments

Killings by China anti-terror cops raise concerns

By Gillian Wong Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — When attackers from China’s minority Uighurs killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs allegedly killed a top state-appointed Muslim cleric, police shot dead two of them. When security forces led […]

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Posted in Vol 33 No 38 | 9/13-9/19, World News0 Comments

Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

By Katy Daigle AP Environment Writer VAISHALI, India (AP) — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/22, World News0 Comments

Son says China espionage inquiry ‘mindboggling’

Son says China espionage inquiry ‘mindboggling’

By Jeremy Hainsworth Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The son of a Canadian couple arrested in China on suspicion of stealing state secrets about military and national defense research said Friday the situation is “mindboggling.’’

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Posted in Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/22, World News0 Comments

Korean martyrs’ descendants feel pride and burden

By Hyung-Jin Kim Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP)— They died well over a century ago, but the 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis this week still have a hold over many of their descendants—even even some who learned of their sacrifices only in recent years, or whose families are […]

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Posted in Vol 33 No 34 | 8/16-8/22, World News0 Comments

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism

By Christopher Bodeen Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges Wednesday amid a renewed flare-up of bloody anti-government violence in the country’s far west.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/15, World News0 Comments

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

By Gillian Wong Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The investigation into China’s former Security Chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for

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Posted in Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/15, World News1 Comment

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad

By Johnson Lai and Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press XIXI, Taiwan (AP) The 10 survivors of Taiwan’s worst air disaster in more than a decade include a

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Posted in Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/8, World News0 Comments

China braces for 2nd typhoon; Taiwan drenched

AP Wire Service BEIJING (AP) — China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in less than a week, as communities along the country’s southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm, which killed dozens of people.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/8, World News0 Comments

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China’s anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/8, World News0 Comments

Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

By Gillian Wong Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief

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Posted in Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/8, World News0 Comments

Filipino protesters denounce China’s “bullying”

MANILA, Philippines (AP) —  About 100 Filipinos carrying mock missiles marched Thursday to the Chinese consulate in Manila to protest China’s actions in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 32 | 8/2-8/8, World News1 Comment

McDonald’s, KFC in China face new food scandal

By Joe McDonald AP Wire Service BEIJING (AP) — McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/1, World News0 Comments

As Vietnam’s women go abroad, dads tend the home

As Vietnam’s women go abroad, dads tend the home

By Mike Ives The Associated Press VU HOI, Vietnam (AP) — When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children […]

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Posted in Vol 33 No 31 | 7/26-8/1, World News0 Comments

Review confirms basis of Japan’s sex slave apology

Review confirms basis of Japan’s sex slave apology

By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) – A Japanese panel confirmed the validity of a study that led to Japan’s landmark 1993 apology for forcing Asian women into wartime prostitution, even as South Korea blasted the review as a move that “picks again at the painful wounds” of victims.

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Posted in Vol 33 No 29 | 7/12-7/18, World News0 Comments

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