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US-born endangered Sumatran rhino arrives in ancestral home of Indonesia on mating mission

November
1
,
2015
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A U.S.-born male Sumatran rhino arrived in his ancestral home of Indonesia on Sunday, making the long journey from Cincinnati, Ohio, on a mission to mate to help save his critically endangered species from extinction. ...

China's military says it will respond to US Navy incursions will 'all necessary' means

October
29
,
2015
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BEIJING — China's military will take "all necessary" measures in response to any future U.S. Navy incursions into what it considers its territorial waters around islands in the South China Sea, a Defence Ministry spokesman said...

Japan overrides protests, resumes work on transferring air base on Okinawa

October
29
,
2015
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TOKYO — Japan resumed construction work needed to relocate a U.S. air base from one area of Okinawa's main island to another on Thursday, overriding vigorous protests by local residents. The land reclamation work on Henoko Bay came as...

Protests erupt in Kashmir after India says it killed top rebel leader in gunbattle

October
29
,
2015
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SRINAGAR, India — A top rebel leader in Kashmir was killed in a gunbattle with Indian forces Thursday, triggering street protests in the disputed Himalayan region, police said. Abu Qasim was a Pakistani national and operations chief of the...

Fuel-starved Nepal signs agreement with China for oil, ending India's monopoly

October
29
,
2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Fuel-starved Nepal has signed an agreement with China to import gasoline, diesel and cooking gas, effectively ending a monopoly on supply from India, which has restricted fuel convoys as a result of political protests in the...

China says it won't get involved in Taiwan elections despite strength of pro-independence camp

October
28
,
2015
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BEIJING — China won't get involved in Taiwan's upcoming elections, a government spokesman said Wednesday, underscoring the sensitivity surrounding polls in which the island's pro-independence opposition is expected to make a strong...

Aquino says Philippines unable to permanently resettle refugees from Australian-run camps

October
27
,
2015
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is unable to permanently resettle refugees from Australian-run detention camps as it attempts to provide for its own people, President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday. Aquino said his government is...

Chinese city denied Guinness world record of 4 tons of fried rice because some was wasted

October
27
,
2015
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BEIJING — Guinness World Records has denied a Chinese city's attempt at a new mark for the biggest serving of fried rice ever cooked, saying Yangzhou violated rules by wasting 150 kilograms (331 pounds) of the feast. According to a...

Macau high-speed ferry accident in waters off Hong Kong leaves more than 120 people injured

October
26
,
2015
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HONG KONG — More than 120 people were injured when a high-speed ferry travelling from the Asian gambling hub of Macau to Hong Kong slammed into an object floating in the water, authorities said Monday. The hydrofoil, carrying 163 passengers...

Video surfaces in abduction of Canadians in Philippines

October
14
,
2015
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Two men who identify themselves as Canadians taken hostage last month in the Philippines have appeared at gunpoint in a video that is circulating online. One man introduces himself as Robert Hall who says he is OK, but in grave...