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Envoy Was Followed in China, Sources Intimidated

(VOA): A U.N. representative on human rights said he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation. Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights,..

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North Korea Confirms Detention of American Citizen

(VOA): North Korea on Wednesday confirmed the detention of another American citizen for alleged acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country. Kim Sang Dok, an accounting instructor at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was "intercepted" at Pyongyang International Airport on..

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Thai Junta Urged to Account for Missing Rights Lawyer

(VOA): Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged Thailand's military government to disclose the whereabouts of a prominent rights lawyer who has been missing since his house was raided at the weekend. Prawet Prapanukul, 57, provided legal assistance to members of Thailand's political..

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Suicide Attack on NATO Convoy in Afghan Capital Kills 8

(VOA): A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday killed eight people and wounded at least 28, officials said, in an attack on a convoy of armored personnel carriers used by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. The blast hit the NATO coalition convoy during the morning rush..

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Blast Kills 12 in Train Tunnel Being Built in China

(VOA): Authorities say 12 people were killed and 12 injured after a suspected gas explosion in a railway tunnel under construction through a coal seam in southern China. Officials in Dafang County in Guizhou Province said on a local government website that those killed had been trapped inside..

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Myanmar, EU at Odds Over Rohingya Rights Mission

(VOA): The European Union clashed on Tuesday with the visiting leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, by publicly supporting an international mission to look into alleged human rights abuses by the country's security forces against Rohingya Muslims. The EU's top diplomat Federica..

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Pakistani, Afghan Spymasters Hold Rare Talks

(VOA): The Spy chiefs of Pakistan and Afghanistan have held official talks in Kabul on bilateral security and counterterrorism cooperation. Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar, traveled to the Afghan capital Tuesday in a bid to ease..

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Indian IT Company to Add 10,000 US Jobs

(VOA): India-based technology company Infosys said Tuesday it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States, growing its American footprint at a time when it has become a political target in the U.S. Infosys has been a big user of H1-B visas in the U.S., a program under which overseas firms, most..

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Trump's Tax Cut Plan Triggers Worries in China

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal for massive corporate tax cuts has sparked a sharp rebuke from Chinese officials, with some voicing concern that the move could trigger a tax war and prompt companies to pull out of China.   Analysts, however, are skeptical the move could..

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Europe on a Geopolitical Fault Line Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Two months ago, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his fear that a “Great Fracture” could split..