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A human rights group says its Swedish co-founder has been detained in China

January
13
,
2016
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BEIJING — A Swedish co-founder of a human rights group in China has been detained by authorities on suspicion of endangering state security, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday. The detention of Peter Dahlin comes as President...

Four workers have been killed in an explosion at a machinery factory in an industrial park on the outskirts of Shanghai

January
13
,
2016
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BEIJING — Four Chinese workers were killed Wednesday in an explosion at a machinery factory in an industrial park on the outskirts of Shanghai, a local state-owned newspaper said. The blast happened at the Shanghai Zhizhuo Machinery...

Suu Kyi takes part in talks to boost Myanmar cease-fire

January
12
,
2016
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NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi, whose pro-democracy party will take over power in Myanmar from a pro-military government in coming months, on Tuesday participated for the first time in official talks to bring peace with the...

Emergency relief supplies sent to Nepal mountain villages hit by snowstorm

January
11
,
2016
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Emergency relief supplies have been sent to mountain villages in Nepal hit by a weekend snowstorm and located near the epicenter of a massive April 2015 earthquake, officials said Monday. Warm clothes, blankets, tents,...

Giant golden statue of Mao demolished in central China after heated discussion on social media

January
11
,
2016
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BEIJING — A Chinese village has abruptly demolished a statue of communist China's founder, Mao Zedong, after images of the structure covered in gold paint and looming 37 metres (120 feet) high over farmland attracted heated discussion on...

Bangkok's main international airport issues apology after a snake is found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall

January
11
,
2016
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Bangkok's main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall and startled passengers. Suvarnabhumi (pronounced "Suwanapoom") International Airport, built on land previously...

After seismic event, North Korea trumpets hydrogen bomb test, though outsiders doubt advance

January
6
,
2016
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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and...

North Korea's bomb test is imperiling already strained relations with main ally China

January
6
,
2016
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BEIJING — China sees North Korea's claim to have conducted its first hydrogen bomb test as yet another act of defiance, and will likely retaliate by joining tougher United Nations sanctions and could possibly even impose its own trade...

At least 1 attacker still at Indian air base near Pakistan border as siege spills into 3rd day

January
4
,
2016
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PATHANKOT, India — A fifth gunman was killed Monday on the third day of a siege at a heavily fortified Indian air base near the border with Pakistan and at least one attacker remained as troops worked to secure the sprawling compound, a...

4 survivors of Chinese mine cave-in still trapped after 10 days, as rescuers slowly drill down

January
4
,
2016
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BEIJING — Rescuers have dropped provisions to four Chinese mine workers trapped for 10 days in a wrecked gypsum mine and are slowly drilling a route to save them, state media said Monday. The men are trapped more than 200 metres below the...