This Time, a Sandstorm Fouls China’s Air Friday, May 5th, 2017

(VOA): A sandstorm blown by gusting winds enveloped a huge area of central and northern China on Thursday in thick pollution hazardous to people venturing outdoors.   The Beijing Meteorological Observatory advised people to minimize time spent outdoors and forecast that the murky conditions..

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Philippine Officials Face UN Questions on War on Drugs

(VOA): A top Philippine official is to face questioning next week at the U.N. Human Rights Council on issues such as extrajudicial killings and vigilante justice alleged to be occurring in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly fight against illegal drugs. The Philippines is one of 14 countries..

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Asian Development Bank Weighs Growth, Income Inequality

(VOA): The Asian Development Bank is holding its annual meeting in Japan, where bankers and leaders are assessing how they can support growth as income inequality grows in both rich and poor countries. The ADB has worked for a half-century to fight poverty and support the region’s ascent as a..

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North Korea Criticizes China Amid Nuke Dispute

(VOA): North Korea's state news agency has issued a rare direct criticism of China, citing commentaries from Chinese state media and warning that China should not "test the limits" of North Korea's patience. "China had better ponder over the grave consequences entailed by its reckless..

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Kabul Wants US to Back Afghan 4-year Security Plan

(VOA): As Washington is mulling a new strategy to combat extremism and militancy in Afghanistan, the Afghan government says it should include supporting a Kabul security plan aimed at vastly improving Afghan security forces. “If the United States announces a new strategy, as they have..

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China Calls for Restraint in Korean Peninsula

(VOA): China is calling for restraint in the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, one day after North Korea complained the United States is pushing the region closer to nuclear war. Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a phone call Wednesday with Philippine counterpart..

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'Old Friend' of China to Face Tough Challenges in Beijing Thursday, May 4th, 2017

(VOA): President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next ambassador in China is seen as an “old friend” of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has known Xi since the young communist leader paid a visit to his home state in 1985.   But, being an “old friend” could be..

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Trump-Turnbull Meeting to be Watched for Tone

(VOA): Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet U.S. President Donald Trump officially for the first time in New York Thursday. But the tone of the meeting will be closely watched following an argument between the two leaders earlier this year.   This will be the first time the..

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