Thousands in Taiwan Rally in Support of Independence

(VOA): Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China's stance toward their island. China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has..

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Bali Beauty Pageant Signals Renewed Anti-LGBT Crackdown

(VOA): Majority-Hindu Bali has long been considered more tolerant of different sexual identities compared with other parts of Indonesia, especially amid recent anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) crackdowns in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.  But a beauty pageant..

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China’s Economic Growth Slows During US Trade Fight 

(VOA): China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter, adding to challenges for Communist leaders as they fight a tariff battle with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.5 percent over a year earlier in the three months ending in September, government..

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US, South Korea Again Call Off Major Drill   

(VOA): The United States and South Korea have suspended another major military exercise in a continued push for diplomacy, the Pentagon said Friday. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said the two militaries would suspend their joint air exercise, dubbed Vigilant Ace, in order to “give the..

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China Top Official in Macau Dies in Fall From Building

(VOA): China’s top representative to Macau died late Saturday after falling from the building where he lived, the Chinese government said Sunday.  Zheng Xiaosong, the head of China’s liaison office to Macau, had been suffering from depression, the Hong Kong and Macau Office of the Chinese..

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Water Experts Question World Bank's Role in Laos Dam

(VOA): A panel of water experts have warned that the World Bank's promotion of a major dam in Laos, which they say failed to deliver on basic promises, has fueled the country's development of shoddy hydropower projects with catastrophic consequences. In July, an auxiliary dam at the Xe..

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Rohingya Hindus Celebrate Durga Puja for First Time

(VOA): Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says that there are more than 1 million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. Among the Muslim-majority ethnic group, there are approximately 450 Hindus living in the city of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. VOA's Muazzem Hossain Shakil..

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China Accuses West of Double Standard on Xinjiang Sunday, October 21st, 2018

(VOA): The Western media is guilty of “double standards” when it comes to reporting on China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang, the official China Daily said in an editorial Friday. China has faced an outcry from human rights groups, foreign governments and United Nations rights..

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European and Asian Leaders Seek to Boost Trade, Security

(VOA): Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout “to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk” and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he..

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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..