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With health insurance and time off, empowered sex workers in Thailand battle stigma

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 22:05
A group of women sit around a table making dream catchers with colorful bits of yarn, chatting about their families, work and the thick smog ...

U.S. top envoy Mike Pompeo airs concerns on extraditions with Hong Kong democracy leader

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 21:21
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday voiced concern over Hong Kong’s plans to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland as he met with ...

Taiwan legislature poised to vote on Asia’s first gay marriage bill

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:38
Taiwan will decide whether to pass Asia’s first gay marriage law on Friday as conservative lawmakers launch a last-ditch attempt to scupper the bill despite ...

Anti-India protests erupt after seven combatants, two civilians die in Kashmir fighting

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:48
Five rebels, two army soldiers and two civilians were killed Thursday during two gun battles in disputed Kashmir that triggered anti-India protests and clashes, officials ...

Eric Talmadge, AP’s North Korea bureau chief, dead at 57 after suffering heart attack in Japan

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:26
Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world’s least-understood nations, has ...

Australian ‘larrikin’ ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:23
Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a “larrikin’ streak who served as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday ...

China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, exec in case slammed as Huawei bust retaliation

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:20
China said Thursday it has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained for months on national security grounds, in a case that has inflamed ...

Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada in dispute over exported waste

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:50
The Philippines is withdrawing top diplomats from Canada after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back 69 shipping containers full of trash, the latest move ...

Chinese probe reveals secrets of moon’s dark side

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:37
Scientists on Wednesday said they could be a step closer to solving the riddle behind the moon’s formation, unveiling the most detailed survey yet of ...

China’s Xi says ‘no clash’ of civilizations amid U.S. trade war in wake of controversial State Department comments

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 00:43
Chinese President Xi Jinping declared Wednesday there was “no clash” of civilizations and denounced racial supremacy as “stupid” amid tensions with the United States and ...

In Taiwan, same-sex couples plan weddings even as they await decision on right to marry

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:51
At the cake shop they run in Taipei, Shane Lin and Marc Yuan are planning their upcoming wedding as they expectantly await Asia’s first gay ...

Outback farmers lead the charge as climate heats up Australia election

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:09
As Australians head to the polls this week after the country’s hottest-ever summer, outback farmers — walloped by epic fires, floods and heat waves — ...

Tsunami warning after strong quake off Papua New Guinea; threat to Japan under evaluation

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:56
A strong 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with hazardous tsunami waves possible, ...

Unofficial tally shows allies of Rodrigo Duterte winning big in Philippines polls

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:37
President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies appeared to have overwhelming leads in elections for the Philippine Senate, one of the opposition’s last bulwarks against a brash populist ...

At least one Muslim killed in Sri Lanka riots; dozens of mosques and shops destroyed

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 05:50
Mob attacks on Muslim communities in Sri Lanka’s northwest have left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed, a government minister said ...

U.N. chief meets survivors of New Zealand mosque shootings, decries online hate

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 01:22
At a meeting with victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that hate speech is spreading online “like wildfire” and ...

North Korea blasts U.S. seizure of cargo ship as ‘robbery,’ demands vessel’s return

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 01:14
North Korea on Tuesday called the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship involved in banned coal exports a “robbery” and demanded that the ...

Inside the close naval encounters in the South China Sea

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:38
The voice on the radio in the middle of the South China Sea follows a familiar script for Capt. Eric Anduze, who helms the USS ...

Trash found littering Mariana Trench floor in deepest-ever sub dive

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:13
On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of ...

France said to have granted asylum to wife of China-jailed ex-Interpol chief

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:57
The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved ...

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