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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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Japanese Journalist Says 3-Year Captivity in Syria Was 'Hell' Saturday, October 27th, 2018

(VOA): A Japanese freelance journalist has arrived home in Tokyo after more than three years in captivity in Syria. Onlookers watched through airport terminal windows as a Turkish Airlines flight carrying Jumpei Yasuda touched down at Tokyo airport Thursday, and as Yasuda disembarked, walked..

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Stock Sell-Off Slows in Asia After Rout on Wall Street

(VOA): Shares fell moderately in Asia on Thursday after another torrent of selling on Wall Street sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting more than 600 points, erasing its gains for the year.  Japan’s Nikkei 225 index sank sharply on the open but leveled off, regaining some lost..

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Retired US General Says War With China Likely in 15 Years Thursday, October 25th, 2018

(VOA): The former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe warned Wednesday that it's very likely the United States will be at war with China in 15 years. Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said that European allies would have to do more to ensure their own defenses in face of a resurgent Russia..

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Indonesian Village Bans 3 HIV+ Orphans From School

(VOA): Authorities in a North Sumatra village have banned three HIV+ orphans from elementary school, and threatened the children, who are from outside the area, with expulsion from Nainggolan due to community fears of transmission. The children, a boy and two girls, aged 7 to 11 years, were..

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Former Malaysian PM, Officials, Face New Graft Charges

(VOA): Malaysian's anti-graft agency said Wednesday that ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, along with two former high-ranking officials, will face new charges of criminal breach of trust. The agency said Najib and former treasury chief Mohamad Irwan Serigar Abdullah will be charged together..

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Japanese Journalist Freed from Captivity in Syria

(VOA): A Japanese freelance journalist is on his way home after more than three years in captivity in Syria. Japanese officials in Tokyo have confirmed that a man who walked into an immigration office Tuesday in the southern Turkish city of Antakya is 44-year-old Jumpei Yasuda. "I am happy..

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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..