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US, S. Korea Set Delayed Military Drills

(VOA): The United States and South Korea will begin small-scale military drills on Monday that were delayed during talks with North Korea, days after Pyongyang threatened to restart work on its nuclear program if international pressure does not ease. The Korean Marine Exchange Program was..

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Indonesian Extends Search 3 Days for Bodies, Black Box

(VOA): Indonesian authorities Sunday extended by three days the search for the victims and a black box from the wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed last week, killing all 189 people on board. “We decided to extend it three days” beginning Monday, search and rescue agency (Basarnas)..

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Pakistani PM Visits China as Fiscal Crisis Looms Sunday, November 4th, 2018

(VOA): Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, is in China on a four-day visit, his first trip to the country since taking office in mid-August. The visit comes as the Pakistani government struggles with a financial crisis and as it looks to foreign countries for aid, while negotiating a..

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Lodi Gyari Testifying Before Senate Foreign Relations 2008

(VOA): Lodi Gyari testifies in 2008 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee why relinquishing the notion of armed resistance and embracing non-violent dispute resolution is difficult but necessary. As an adult, he co-founded an influential Tibetan rights organization, and became the special..

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China to Go On Defensive at ASEAN Summit

(VOA): Southeast Asian countries are expected to push back gently against Chinese political and economic influence in their region, edging instead toward Western-allied powers, when their leaders gather this month. Heads of state from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or..

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Australian Nun Who Angered Duterte Leaves Philippines

(VOA): An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests used her final hours in the country Saturday to call on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses.  Sister Patricia Anne Fox left the Philippines for Australia on Saturday night, immigration..

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China: Xi-Trump Phone Call ‘Extremely Positive’

(VOA): Chinese President Xi Jinping had an “extremely positive” phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump about trade and other issues, the foreign ministry said Friday. The two leaders agreed to “strengthen economic exchanges,” said a ministry spokesman, Lu Kang. He gave no..

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UN: 486 Million Still Hungry in Asia, Progress Stalled

(VOA): Despite rapid economic growth, the Asia-Pacific region has nearly a half billion people who go hungry as progress stalls in improving food security and basic living conditions, a United Nations report said Friday. Even in relatively well-to-do cities like Bangkok and the Malaysian capital..

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Myanmar By-Elections Test Leader's Popularity

(VOA): Voters in several parts of Myanmar went to the polls Saturday in 13 by-elections seen as a test of support for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling party. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 general election, putting an end to decades..

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Palau to Ban Sunscreen in Fight to Save Coral Reefs

(VOA): In an attempt to protect the coral reefs that divers so admire they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti, the Pacific nation of Palau will soon ban many types of sunscreen. President Tommy Remengesau Jr. last week signed legislation that bans “reef-toxic” sunscreen from 2020...

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Diver Dies in Indonesian Aircraft Search

(VOA): Indonesian officials say a diver has died while recovering body parts from the wreckage of Lion Air Flight JT-610 that crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off Monday from Jakarta. Syachrul Anto, 48, an Indonesian national, died Friday. Officials say he may have died from..

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