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At least 24 children killed when bus, truck collide in India Thursday, January 19th, 2017

LUCKNOW, (AP): A truck loaded with sand collided with a school bus early Thursday, killing at least 24 young children in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said. At least two dozen other children were injured when the speeding truck collided head-on with the bus, said Javeed Ahmed,..

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China calls on US to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

BEIJING, (AP): China on Wednesday called on the U.S. to bar a Taiwanese delegation from attending Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, underscoring concerns that the incoming president could seek to redefine relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua..

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China Hits Out at Tillerson Threats, Warns of ‘Major War’ Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Chinese state media hit out on Friday at comments made by secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, who said the U.S. could move to block Chinese access to artificial islands it made in disputed areas of the South China Sea. In comments to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his..

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When Rape Becomes A Weapon Against Tribal Women Friday, January 13th, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission is to be congratulated for taking the first step, even though much delayed, to bring justice to tribal women in the Bastar region of Chattisgarh. Its interim report confirms, through its independent investigation carried out in March 2016, the horrific..

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Trump’s choice for top US diplomat talks tough on China

WASHINGTON, (AP): Pointing toward possible confrontation, Donald Trump's selection for secretary of state likened Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea to a takeover of another country's territory and spoke of forcing Beijing to fully apply sanctions on North Korea. China will likely be..

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China warns after Cruz, Abbot, meet Taiwan’s president Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

BEIJING, (AP): China has reiterated its opposition to any contacts between U.S. officials and Taiwan's government following a meeting Sunday between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island's President Tsai Ing-wen. Cruz and Abbot met with Tsai while she was passing..

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Tibetans in China Defy Warnings, Support The Kalachakra Monday, January 9th, 2017

Defying warnings by authorities, Tibetans living in northwest China’s Qinghai province are privately engaging in religious observances coinciding with a major Buddhist gathering in India led by exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, sources in the region say. Chinese authorities have called the..

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Taiwan leader heads to Americas; US stops set to irk China Sunday, January 8th, 2017

BEIJING, (AP): The Taiwanese leader’s trip to the Americas starting Saturday will be scrutinized by Beijing for signs that the incoming US president’s team will risk its ire by further engaging with the self-ruled island China considers its territory. President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to bolster..

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Benefits of India note ban elusive as deadline passes

NEW DELHI, (AP): Fifty days ago, India yanked most of its currency from circulation without warning, jolting the economy and leaving most citizens scrambling for cash. As the deadline for exchanging the devalued 500- and 1,000-rupee notes for new ones hits Friday, many Indians are still stuck..

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Two Chinese Rights Websites Targeted After Activist Detentions Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Two major Chinese-language rights websites hosted overseas appear to have been targeted by hackers in recent days, after authorities detained the founder of one of them. Volunteers at the Tianwang rights website founded by Sichuan-based activist Huang Qi, who is currently detained on suspicion of..

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Akhilesh Has Outsmarted Father Mulayam

"Tipu Bhaiya agey badoh, hum tumharey saath, Amar Singh saanp hai" [Tipu (Akhilesh) we are with you, Amar Singh is a snake]: these slogans rent the chilly, foggy Lucknow night as Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled UP Chief Minister and son Akhilesh as also his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from..

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