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  • Taiwan rights activist’s wife demands answers after arrest in China
    The wife of the detained Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has voiced protest against the authorities in mainland China for failing to officially notify her of her husband’s arrest. “Until now, we have yet to receive any official notification from the Chinese government about the arrest and the so-called charges against my husband,” Li Ching-yu said in a statement on Monday. The mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office announced on Friday night that Li had been...
  • Japan seeks China’s support in confronting North Korea over missile launches
    The top security adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on Beijing to play a bigger role in reining in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programmes in talks with China’s top diplomat on Monday. National security adviser Shotaro Yachi said he told State Councillor Yang Jiechi during their five hours of discussion that North Korea’s actions had reached a new level of provocation. “Japan and China need to work together to strongly urge North...
  • China’s ‘ping-pong prince’ suspended from coaching duties after being sued by Singapore hotel
    The Chinese Table Tennis Association has suspended national women’s table tennis team head coach Kong Linghui, who is being sued by a prestigious Singaporean hotel over a gaming debt of HK$2.55 million. This was despite Kong, dubbed the “ping-pong prince”, having denied his involvement in gambling in a statement on Monday night, urging people not to lose faith in him and vowing to lead his team to play their best. It was revealed on Monday that the former Olympic gold...
  • Who needs Mandarin? Drive to succeed pushes Vietnam to bolster English curriculum
    Of all the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Vietnam is perhaps the most impressive and troublesome at the same time. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. It’s as if, after 30 years of war and deprivation, the Vietnamese are determined to make the best of life. A will to succeed at all costs separates Vietnam from the other countries in the region. People in the original “Asean Five” nations have already gone through that burst...
  • Wild elephant attacks man in rubber plantation in China
    A 43-year-old worker was injured after he was attacked by a wild elephant in a rubber tree plantation in southwest China, Chinese media reported. The worker, Li Niusha, is in a stable condition after 11 of his ribs were fractured in the attack in Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province, the news website Thepaper.cn reported. Li was removing weeds to expand the rubber plantation in Mengyang township last Saturday afternoon when he ran into a group of about six wild elephants. Li fled for his life, but...

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  • Ultimate sacrifice: Teen dies shielding cousin from gunfire

    Ultimate sacrifice: Teen dies shielding cousin from gunfireBROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — It was after midnight when a gunman burst into the living room of a southern Mississippi home where young people were playing video games.


  • Egypt to press ahead with air strikes after Christians attacked

    Egypt to press ahead with air strikes after Christians attackedBy Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt made clear on Monday that it planned to press ahead with air strikes against Islamist militants in neighbouring Libya who it says were responsible for killing Egyptian Christians in an ambush last week. Libyan military commanders said Egyptian jets hit the Libyan city of Derna on Monday, continuing attacks that began hours after masked men boarded vehicles driving dozens of people to a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya on Friday and killed 29. A witness said on Monday one air attack hit the western entrance to Derna and two others hit Dahr al-Hamar in the city's south.


  • Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack

    Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attackAs tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were stabbed to death and 21-year-old student Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured when they came to the aid of two women being subjected to hate speech on public transport.


  • Police: Man accused of killing boyfriend then self

    Police: Man accused of killing boyfriend then selfA man found shot to death in his northwest Houston home was discovered by a concerned friend who hadn't heard from him in days.


  • After talks, France's Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hacking

    After talks, France's Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hackingBy Michel Rose and Denis Dyomkin VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations. The newly elected Macron hosted Putin at the sumptuous 17th century palace of Versailles outside Paris for his first meeting with the Kremlin leader which he had earlier said would be marked by some straight talking.


  • Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years Ago

    Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years AgoAround ten thousand years ago, as the Pleistocene gave way to our current geological epoch, a group of hunter-gathers near China’s Yangtze River began changing their way of life. They started to grow rice.


  • Nobody wants to buy this Connecticut ghost town that's on sale for $2.62 million

    Nobody wants to buy this Connecticut ghost town that's on sale for $2.62 millionJohnsonville, Connecticut, looks straight out of an episode of “Twin Peaks” — old mill included. But unlike the small town on TV, Johnsonville has been abandoned for nearly 20 years.



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