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Chinese Power Over North Korea? It’s More Myth than Reality

– BEIJING — At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world’s most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs. The countries, after all, share a long, porous border, several millennia of history and deep ideological roots. Tens, […]

October 21st, 2017 | Posted in World News | Read More »

UN’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Says Rohingya Children in a Dire State

  – GENEVA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, that nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still traumatized by […]

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in World News | Read More »

Thailand’s Buddhist Monks Order Reforms Ahead of Royal Transition

– BANGKOK – Under growing pressure from Thailand’s military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal. Buddhism, Thailand’s dominant religion, is followed by more than 90 percent of the population. But its image […]

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News | Read More »

Australia’s State of Victoria Takes Step Toward Legalizing Euthanasia

– VICTORIA, Australia — The Australian state of Victoria took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy killing law. The Victorian Legislation Assembly passed a euthanasia bill by 47 votes to 37 after a passionate debate lasting almost 26 hours. Voluntary euthanasia will become […]

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in World News | Read More »

Countries with the Highest Pollution Deaths, Mortality Rates

– NEW DELHI (AP) — Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths were caused during the year by […]

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in World News | Read More »

China’s President Xi Jinping Looks to Usher in New Era of Nationalism

– BEIJING – In this summer’s “Wolf Warrior II,” Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People’s Liberation Army. Audiences loved what became China’s biggest-grossing movie ever. Some reportedly sang the national anthem as the movie closed on an image of […]

October 20th, 2017 | Posted in World News | Read More »

Over Charging for Marigold Blossoms in Thailand Could Land You in Jail for Seven Years

 – BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Trade Chief Boonyarit Kalayanamit, has warned flower retailers not to overcharge for marigold blossoms or seeds as they are a symbol of love and respect for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As the cremation date nears for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the booming popularity of marigolds […]

October 19th, 2017 | Posted in Regional News | Read More »

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In Loving Memory of His Majesty the King

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