Kim, Moon Visit Mount Paektu as Summit Wraps

(VOA): South Korean President Moon Jae-in checked a bit item off his bucket list Thursday: Climbing Mount Paektu in North Korea with its leader Kim Jong Un. After the two leaders pledged new steps aimed at salvaging nuclear talks Wednesday, Moon and Kim decided to use the final day of their..

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Abe Wins Party’s Leadership, Premiership Assured

(VOA): Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution. If Abe, who resigned abruptly after a troubled 2006-2007 term, stays in..

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China Eyes Banning Foreign Online News

(VOA): The Chinese government will potentially block foreign current affairs content from being shown in the country, according to draft regulations from its National Radio and Television Administration. The regulations, obtained Thursday by Reuters, will clamp down on what kinds of shows may be..

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Rains Set Off Landslide in Philippines; 50-80 Missing

(VOA): A landslide triggered by heavy rains Thursday killed at least four people in the central Philippines, with dozens feared trapped in the latest of a string of deadly incidents over six days. Four people were pulled out alive after boulders and earth loosened by rain engulfed a cluster of..

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British FM Suggests Referring Myanmar Leaders to ICC

(VOA): Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt tweeted Thursday that Myanmar officials should be held responsible for their country's Rohingya crisis before the International Criminal Court. Hunt's comments, referring to Myanmar as Burma, came after he met Thursday with embattled..

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Pompeo: US Ready to Restart Talks With North Korea

(VOA): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed the "important commitments" made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit with his South Korean counterpart this week. North Korea announced it would disassemble its nuclear missile test complex under a comprehensive agreement reached..

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Laos Accused of Copy-Pasting Dam Impact Survey

(VOA): An official impact assessment for a controversial new Lao dam on the Mekong river has been directly copied and pasted in parts from a previous project, a coalition of groups fighting to protect the river has alleged.   The allegation came as Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries..

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Chinese Initiatives Threaten Mekong River

(VOA): On the sandy banks of the Mekong River, local fisherman Mana Suttawong stitches together the ropes on a worn-out net, his hands chafed from years of pulling in hefty catches on the legendary waterway. But the days of big hauls are gone for the 54-year-old, and the downsized fishing nets..

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At Least 12 Killed in New Philippine Landslide

(VOA): At least 12 people are dead after a massive landslide buried dozens of homes in the central Philippines Thursday. The latest natural disaster to strike the archipelago happened just after sunrise in Naga city on the island of Cebu.  Several days of heavy monsoon rains loosened the soil..

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Typhoon Kills Dozens; Philippines Searches for Reasons

(VOA): After a super-typhoon killed 6,200 people five years ago, Filipinos figured the experience had taught their country a lesson. Pre-storm warnings and disaster responses should improve, then-president Benigno Aquino said. This month another super-typhoon killed at least 74 when it set off..

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Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang Dies at 61

(VOA): Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang, one of the country’s top three leaders but with mostly ceremonial duties, died Friday after an illness, state television and radio announced. Quang, 61, died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and..

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The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights Thursday, September 20th, 2018

It’s fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia..