Asia


US, China Agree to Increased Trade Cooperation

(VOA): China and the United States said Saturday that they had reached consensus on steps to substantially reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Beijing. The announcement followed high-level talks in Washington and U.S. allegations that unfair Chinese trade practices meant the United States was..

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Pakistani Exchange Student Among Dead in Texas Shooting

(VOA): A Pakistani exchange student is among the 10 people killed Friday in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in the state of Texas. Sabika Sheikh was to return home to Pakistan for Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the..

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Pakistan, India Military Clashes Kill 11 in Kashmir

(VOA): Pakistan and India accused each other’s militaries on Friday of launching unprovoked shelling across their disputed Kashmir frontier — skirmishes that officials said caused mostly civilian casualties on both sides. The Pakistani foreign ministry summoned India’s top diplomat in..

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Indonesia Seeks Death Penalty for IS-linked Cleric

(VOA): Indonesian prosecutors sought the death penalty on Friday for a radical Islamic cleric who is accused of masterminding a series of attacks from jail. Aman Abdurrahman, the leader of Islamic State-linked Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD) is on trial for "planning and/or mobilizing others to..

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Kashmir Shuts Down to Protest Indian Leader Modi's Visit

(VOA): Separatist leaders called for a shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a daylong visit to review development work and inaugurate road projects. The visit came a day after archrivals India and Pakistan shelled each other's security..

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Law Seeks to Curb Abortion Protests in Australia

(VOA): Protests outside abortion clinics are to be outlawed under new laws proposed in Australia's most populous state. The legislation will be debated in the coming days in the New South Wales parliament.  It is estimated that up to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year...

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People Power Fueled the Malaysian Election Upset

(VOA): Malaysia’s historic general election last week was the first upset of the National Front coalition, which has ruled since independence in 1961. In large part this was the result of the grass-roots efforts of citizens to vote against formidable odds: Their electoral boundaries were..

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China Lands Bomber on South China Sea Island

(VOA): The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing’s expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper reported that the..

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UN to Spain: Don’t Send Chinese, Taiwanese Home

(VOA): Human rights experts from the United Nations called on Spain Friday to halt extraditions of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals to China because of concerns they would be exposed to the risk of torture, ill treatment or the death penalty. They cited the December 2016 arrest of 269 suspects,..

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South Korea’s LG Group Chairman Dies at 73

(VOA): South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate, LG Group, said its Chairman Koo Bon-moo did Sunday. Koo, 73, had been struggling with an illness for a year, LG Group said in a statement. “Becoming the third chairman of LG at the age of 50 in 1995, Koo established key three businesses —..

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