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China Calls Deadly Tanker Collision 'Unprecedented'

(VOA): A Chinese official says the explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent, creating enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts. Transport ministry official Zhi Guanglu on Friday said the sinking of the Sanchi after a Jan. 6 collision..

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Tensions Soar Along India-Pakistan Frontier in Kashmir

(VOA): Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and a soldier were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the..

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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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North Korea Cancels Visit to South by Arts Delegation

(VOA): North Korea on Friday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. South..

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Militants Storm Top Hotel in Afghan Capital

(VOA): A group of heavily armed gunmen, including suicide bombers, stormed a top hotel in Kabul late Saturday. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said Afghan commandos had surrounded the Intercontinental Hotel and were dealing with the siege, which began about 9 p.m. local time. He said..

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India’s Top Court Faces Credibility Crisis

(VOA): One of India’s most respected and powerful institutions, the Supreme Court, is never far away from the news, usually for handing out progressive judgments. But in the past week it has grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons. The top court’s credibility took a serious jolt after..

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Pakistan Judge Orders Probe Into Police Killing

(VOA): Pakistan's chief justice has ordered a probe into the killing of a 27-year-old man after his family and activists blamed police for his death in a "stage-managed" shootout. Friday's decision by Mian Saqib Nisar comes about a week after police in Karachi killed Naqeeb Ullah,..

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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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China to Enshrine Xi's Name in Constitution

(VOA): China's Communist Party proposed on Friday to engrave President Xi Jinping's guiding philosophy in the country's constitution, further cementing his status as its most powerful leader in decades. Xi's eponymous "thought" was already enshrined in the Communist Party..

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

Mahendra Subedi, KATHMANDU: The news headlines about the entry of China’s internet bandwidth in Nepal early this week drew attention of all stakeholders. The news was..