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China Claims US Warship Violated Its Sovereignty

(VOA): China has accused the United States of violating its sovereignty after a U.S. missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Huangyan Island, also known as Scarborough Shoal, on January..

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Afghan Forces Secure Kabul Hotel

(VOA): Afghan security forces regained control Sunday of Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, after gunmen stormed the building Saturday. Five people were killed in the hourslong gun battle between the attackers and the security forces. The Associated Press reports a foreigner is among the..

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IOC: More Initiatives Coming to Promote Korean Unity

(VOA): Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. "Watch this space," International Olympic..

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Afghan Forces End Deadly Kabul Hotel Siege

(VOA): Afghan government forces ended an overnight siege Sunday at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries, including 14 foreign nationals.  Afghan journalists who visited the attack site Sunday reported on social media that they saw dozens of..

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Australia, Canada Trade Blows over Wine

(VOA): Australia has filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization that accuses Canada of placing "discriminatory" rules on the sales of imported wine. Canada is Australia's fourth-biggest wine market. Officials in Canberra say rules in Canada unfairly discriminate against..

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Militants Storm Top Hotel in Afghan Capital

(VOA): At least four gunmen attacked a hotel in Kabul late Saturday, and reports said two of the gunmen were killed and at least six other people were wounded.  Officials said Afghan commandos surrounded the Intercontinental Hotel. Witnesses earlier reported hearing gunfire from inside the..

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WFP Warns Food Shortages in Myanmar's Rakhine State

(VOA): The World Food Program warns food shortages and undernutrition in Myanmar's Rakhine State are seriously affecting the health of women and children. More than one million Rohingyas lived in Myanmar's Rakhine State before a brutal military crackdown against the civilian population..

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Hong Kong Democracy Battle Now Waged in Courts

(VOA): Hong Kong’s vigorous activism once earned it the nickname “city of protests.” But these days, the Chinese territory has become the city of prosecutions. Three years after the city’s massive strike for free elections, what’s now called the Umbrella protest, the Hong Kong..

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Yoga on Ice: India to Offer Classes During Davos Summit

(VOA): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's delegation to the World Economic Forum at Davos will offer yoga classes on the icy slopes, the foreign ministry said Friday, the latest high-profile attempt to promote India's traditions abroad. India aims to showcase its potential as a driver..

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Next Door Nepal: No room for egos Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The constitutional and political limbo following the elections has exposed the inadequacies of the country’s two-year-old constitution. The formation of a new..

BRI will boost Nepal-China relations Sunday, January 21st, 2018