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Door panel saves man buried 67 hours under China landslide; dozens of people still missing

December
23
,
2015
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BEIJING — Squeezed into a narrow room under piles of debris for 67 hours, a young man was saved by a door that trapped his foot but gave him space to survive. Rescuers on Wednesday pulled him from the massive mudslide that hit part of a major...

Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month, triggering car restrictions, school closures

December
18
,
2015
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BEIJING — China's capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million from Saturday to...

Military says 18 dead in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines

December
16
,
2015
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MANILA, Philippines — Heavy fighting between government forces and Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines has left at least 15 rebels and three soldiers dead, officials said Wednesday. Maj. Filemon Tan, a regional military...

India's top court issues new rules on vehicles to curb extreme air pollution in New Delhi

December
16
,
2015
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NEW DELHI — India's top court issued several orders Wednesday to fight record pollution in New Delhi, including a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel vehicles and a stiff hike on the toll for trucks entering the capital. The...

Japanese Supreme Court rules that requiring married couples to use same surname is legal

December
16
,
2015
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TOKYO — Japan's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional, dealing a blow to a longtime effort for gender equality in choosing names. The law does not say which partner must...

Japan's top court to rule on challenge to law that requires 1 surname for married couples

December
15
,
2015
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TOKYO — In Japan, every marriage costs one surname. The Supreme Court may change that on Wednesday. A Civil Code that dates from the 19th century says couples must adopt one surname, and women almost always sacrifice theirs. Five...

Police scuffle with protesters, media as Chinese lawyer stands trial for critical online posts

December
14
,
2015
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BEIJING — Police scuffled with protesters and journalists at a Beijing courthouse Monday as a prominent rights lawyer stood trial on charges of provoking trouble and stirring ethnic hatred with online commentary critical of the ruling...

Indonesian investigators say rudder system problem, pilot response led to AirAsia crash

December
1
,
2015
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A rudder control system problem that had occurred nearly two dozen times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia that killed all 162...

Beijing issues alert after air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

November
30
,
2015
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Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants. City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels....

10 dead and 7 hospitalized in gas leak at steel factory in eastern China

November
30
,
2015
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BEIJING — A gas leak at a steel parts factory in eastern China killed 10 people and left seven others hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in the latest deadly industrial accident to hit China, officials said Monday. The leak...