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New Tuvalu leader bodes ill for Taiwan

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 22:18
Newly installed lawmakers of the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, a potential blow for ally Taiwan, which ...

Millions may risk jail as Jakarta looks to criminalize sex outside wedlock amid Indonesia’s conservative Islam trend

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 16:34
Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes consensual sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president’s dignity — ...

Nancy Pelosi welcomes Hong Kong democracy activists to U.S. Capitol, signals support of Congress to their cause over ‘commercial interests’

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:41
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday welcomed Hong Kong pro-democracy activists to the U.S. Capitol, sending a message to Beijing that Congress supports the protesters ...

At least four killed as suicide bomber and gunmen attack Afghan government building

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:05
At least four people were killed and a dozen injured when gunmen stormed a crowded government building in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday following a suicide bombing, ...

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:44
An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China’s National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ...

South Korea confirms second case of African swine fever

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 01:30
South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread ...

U.S. may call out China on rights at U.N. gathering of leaders

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:48
The United States is considering how it will confront China during next week’s gathering of world leaders at the United Nations over its detention of ...

Australia concerned for three citizens held in Iran on spying charges

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:35
An Australian government minister on Wednesday expressed concern for three Australians arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying and separated their plight from a tense ...

Pence cancels meeting with Solomons leader over switch of allegiance to Beijing

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:32
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has canceled plans to meet with the leader of the Solomon Islands to discuss development partnerships after the Pacific nation ...

Top Lam adviser says Hong Kong won’t meet any more of protesters’ demands

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 21:20
Hong Kong’s government doesn’t see any benefit in conceding to more demands from protesters, according to a top adviser to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, though ...

Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill to combat rights abuses

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:53
Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any ...

300 more Chinese arrested in Philippines cybercrime sweep on top of 277 nabbed over investment scams

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:38
Philippines immigration agents, backed by troops, have arrested more than 300 Chinese for alleged cybercrimes, a week after a similar number were detained during a ...

Taliban kill at least 48 in bloody day ahead of Afghan polls

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 12:20
Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more in two blasts Tuesday — one at a campaign rally for the president ...

Suu Kyi’s role in Rohingya abuses still unclear but she didn’t address military crackdown: U.N. investigator

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:07
A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday “it’s still an open-ended question” about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human ...

Russia detains two North Korean vessels after attack in Sea of Japan: report

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:24
Russian border guards detained two North Korean racketeering vessels in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian ...

Iran charges three detained Australians with spying: report

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 04:36
Iran has charged three detained Australians with spying, Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday, citing judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.Two of the Australians were alleged to have ...

Saudi oil shock unites China, Japan and other Asian rivals worried about war

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 00:46
If anything could distract Asia’s top powers from sparring over disputed territory and crimes committed during World War II, it’s the need for cheap oil.Asia ...

‘Stand up to Beijing,’ Hong Kong singer Denise Ho tells U.S. lawmakers and companies

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 23:56
Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho wants U.S. lawmakers and companies to criticize Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong to help change the Chinese Communist ...

Turning blue: China Inc. holds its breath as Beijing eyes smog-free skies for Oct. 1 National Day

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 21:52
When the sun comes up in Beijing on Oct. 1, the Chinese government will aim to celebrate its 70th birthday under a brilliant blue sky ...

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to hold dialogue aimed at easing tensions

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 21:44
Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, said Tuesday she and her team would begin dialogue sessions with the community next week, while reiterating that violence that ...

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