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Exterminator convicted in slaying of doctor

Exterminator convicted in slaying of doctor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exterminator accused of strangling a pediatrician, who questioned his work and then tying her up with equestrian gear and setting her body on fire, has been convicted of first-degree murder, arson, and related offenses. Dr. Melissa Ketunuti was of Thai descent. Jason Smith, 39, faces a mandatory life term without the […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/29, World News0 Comments

1,000 survivors of violence, hunger at sea land in SE Asia

By Fakhrurradzie Gade and Jocelyn Gecker Associated Press LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh landed in several places in Southeast Asia, describing killings, extortion, and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea. An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against “floating coffins” and urged regional leaders […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/29, World News0 Comments

US, China budge not a bit over South China Sea

By Matthew Lee AP Diplomatic Writer BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States budged not a bit Saturday over Beijing’s assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Foreign Minister Wang Ji politely but pointedly dismissing Washington’s push for a diplomatic solution to ease tensions. Wang and U.S. Secretary of State […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/29, World News0 Comments

China teacher allowed to give birth and ordered to abort

BEIJING (AP) — A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in her hometown in one Chinese province has been ordered to have an abortion because the province where she is teaching has different rules, a family planning officer confirmed Tuesday. The case illustrates how different areas have different family planning regulations and […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/29, World News0 Comments

Filipino Cardinal Tagle gets new high-profile job at Caritas

Filipino Cardinal Tagle gets new high-profile job at Caritas

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Filipino cardinal often mentioned as a possible papal contender has just gotten a new high-profile job heading the Catholic Church’s global charity and development confederation. Caritas Internationalis’ 165 members elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to be their president Thursday. He succeeds Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodridguez Maradiaga, whose two four-year terms […]

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Posted in Features 22, Vol 34 No 22 | 5/23-5/29, World News0 Comments

Singapore teen guilty of insulting Christians in video blog

Singapore teen guilty of insulting Christians in video blog

By Jeanette Tan Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Teen blogger Amos Yee was found guilty Tuesday of insulting Christians in a video monologue and of distributing an obscene image of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew with former British leader Margaret Thatcher. The 16-year-old Yee had faced three years in jail but instead will be […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/22, World News0 Comments

China island building now totals 2,000 acres

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP)  — China’s rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior defense official said Friday. The new estimate, disclosed for the first time, […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/22, World News0 Comments

Boxing loss could be Pacquiao’s political win

By Oliver Teves Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP)  — Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won’t stop him from plotting a bigger comeback  — in the political arena that is. In a country where elections are also entertainment and political programs secondary, candidates often win because of star power and […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/22, World News0 Comments

Thai king leaves Bangkok hospital, returns to palace

BANGKOK (AP)  — Thailand’s 87-year-old king, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, left a Bangkok hospital he checked into last year and returned Sunday to his seaside palace south of the capital. King Bhumibol Adulyadej had been in a Bangkok hospital since last October, when he had his gallbladder removed. As the king left Siriraj Hospital with […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/22, World News0 Comments

500 Rohingya from Myanmar land in Indonesia

By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)  — Boats carrying more than 500 members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed ashore in western Indonesia on Sunday, with some people in need of medical attention, officials and a nonprofit organization said. They warned that thousands more are believed to be stranded […]

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Posted in Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/22, World News0 Comments

Thai police dig up 26 bodies at suspected trafficking camp

By Sumeth Parnpetch Associated Press PADANG BESAR, Thailand (AP) — Thai police trekked into the mountains and dug up 26 bodies from dozens of shallow graves at an abandoned jungle camp that’s been linked to human trafficking networks, which activists say are “out of control” in the Southeast Asian country. A lone survivor, now hospitalized […]

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

Festivals, large gatherings canceled in Beijing

By Jack Chang Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Springtime in Beijing usually brings out bustling crowds for rock concerts, food festivals and other outdoor revelry amid the smog and catkins. But this year, police in the Chinese capital have been canceling everything from an Earth Day event to a heavy metal concert, stoking worries that […]

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

N. Korea arrests S. Korean studying in US

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has arrested a South Korean student of New York University for illegally entering the country from China last month. Won Moon Joo, who North Korea says has permanent residency in the U.S. and lives in New Jersey, was arrested on April 22 after crossing the […]

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

Police in southern China raid office of car-hailing app Uber

BEIJING (AP) — Police in southern China raided the office of U.S. car-hailing app Uber after the Chinese government in January banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps. A statement by the Guangzhou Municipal Transport Commission said police suspected Uber was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper business registration. […]

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

Damaged by deadly quake, fate of Nepal heritage unsure

Damaged by deadly quake, fate of Nepal heritage unsure

By Todd Pitman Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Perched on a hilltop, the blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu’s gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city nestled in the Himalayan foothills. But since Nepal was shattered by a mammoth earthquake a week ago, those eyes have gazed upon a nation in mourning […]

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

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

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

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

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