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Trading Plastic Trash in Indonesia for Free Transportation Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

(VOA): It was reported recently that microplastics, both in the ocean and in the plastic all around us, is finding its way into the human body. But the convenience and affordability of plastic means that, for now, the best we can hope to deal with this problem is to improve recycling efforts...

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China to Give Pakistan 'Grant' as UAE Mulls $6B in Aid

(VOA): China plans to provide an unspecified financial "grant" to Pakistan while the United Arab Emirates is actively considering Islamabad's request for a fiscal relief package of up to $6 billion to help the country deal with a looming balance-of-payments crisis, Chinese and Pakistani..

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189 People Feared Dead After Plane Crash in Indonesia

(VOA): Indonesian officials say there are likely no survivors after a Lion Air flight with 189 passengers and crew on board crashed into the sea 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta. Indonesia's search and rescue agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho posted photos of debris on Twitter,..

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Experts: Inducements Unlikely to Help North Korea Denuclearize Monday, October 29th, 2018

(VOA): Despite the lack of progress on denuclearization, Washington should not grant unilateral concessions and sanctions relief to North Korea as a way to induce denuclearization until Pyongyang takes substantial steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, experts said. Steve Biegun, the..

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Korean Truce Village to Be Free of Arms

(VOA): For the first time in decades, the 1953 truce village between North and South Korea will be weapons-free by Saturday. The two Koreas agreed last month to remove arms from Panmunjom, officially known as the Joint Security Area. Armed soldiers from the North and the U.S.-led United..

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Japan, China Work to Elevate Ties Despite Differences

(VOA): Japan and China took an important step Friday to elevate their relationship, marking what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a historic turning point in ties between the two Asian neighbors. During meetings, the two countries signed a $30 billion currency swap aimed at facilitating..

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Knife Attack Injures 14 Children in China

(VOA): A woman armed with a knife launched an attack on kindergarten students in western China Friday morning, injuring 14 children.  The assailant, identified only by her surname Liu, attacked the youngsters as they were returning to the school in the city of Chongqing after their morning..

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188 People Feared Dead After a Plane Crash in Indonesia

(VOA): A Lion Air flight with 188 passengers and crew on board crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia's disaster agency said. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho posted photos of debris on Twitter, including a crushed smartphone, books, bags and parts of the..

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Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too..