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Meas Muth hosted Peace Corps volunteer

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A current volunteer for the United States’ Peace Corps program in Cambodia lived with alleged Khmer Rouge war criminal Meas Muth for several months last year as part of his official service in Battambang’s Samlot district, the program has acknowledged. The Phnom Penh Post – Charles Rollet and May Titthara Muth, 76, lives freely despite being charged in Case 003 ... Read More »

China stocks extend rout as Shanghai index prepares for bear market

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China’s stocks sank in volatile trade, with the benchmark index poised to enter a bear market, as an interest-rate cut over the weekend failed to stem the nation’s biggest rout since 1996. Kyoungwha Kim The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 3.8 per cent to 4035.48 at the morning break, taking declines from its June 12 peak to more than 20 per cent. ... Read More »

How Hypersonic Missiles Push America and China towards War

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“Hypersonic weapons add to the complexity and elusiveness of the escalatory dynamics and this is something both sides will need to plan for.” The National Interest - Eleni G. Ekmektsioglou * Hypersonic weapons can achieve speeds over five times faster than the speed of sound (Mach 5) and they are the latest version of precision guided munitions (PGM) that make up ... Read More »

Vietnam to End Foreign Investment Limits in Many Companies

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Vietnam will eliminate limits on foreign ownership in many listed companies, a step likely to spur investment inflows and reduce market volatility. Nguyen Kieu Giang Overseas investors will be allowed to increase holdings of voting shares in a number of industries to 100 percent from 49 percent currently, according to a statement on the government’s website late Friday. The decree ... Read More »

Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

‘Not the right time’ for democracy, says Myanmar’s military

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Suu Kyi fears election may be postponed Myanmar election success depends on stability Naypyitaw:  A parliamentarian in army uniform has given an impassioned speech before Myanmar’s parliament, flaunting the might of the military with a picture slide-show of tanks, heavy weapons and statues of heroic soldiers. Hnin Yadana Zaw Under debate are changes to a 2008 constitution that would weaken the powerful political ... Read More »

North Korea Warns South Of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ After UN Human Rights Office Opens In Seoul

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North Korean officials said Thursday that they’d “reached a point of no return” in their relationship with South Korea. International Business Times – By Julia Glum @superjulia j.glum@ibtimes.com                    The comment, made in a statement by North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, came after South Korea opened a United Nations human rights office in Seoul to track what ... Read More »

Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Fuel Bank: A New Nonproliferation Tool

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A fuel bank will not be a nonproliferation panacea, but it will have a significant impact on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. The National Interest – Philipp C. Bleek * With attention riveted on negotiations to constrain Iran’s nuclear activities, a recent development with significant implications for curbing global nuclear threats is receiving less attention than it deserves. In mid-June, ... Read More »

China aims to challenge U.S. air dominance: Pentagon

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China is mounting a serious effort to challenge US military superiority in air and space, forcing the Pentagon to seek new technologies and systems to stay ahead of its rapidly developing rival, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on June 22. WASHINGTON – Reuters – Hurriyet The Pentagon’s chief operating officer, speaking to a group of military and civilian aerospace ... Read More »

China’s factory activity shrinks again in June

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BBC – Factory activity in the world’s second largest economy, China, contracted for a fourth month in a row, but the sector did show signs of stabilising in June. The HSBC/Markit flash manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was at a three-month high of 49.6, up from 49.2 in May and beat forecasts of 49.4. But, the preliminary reading stayed below ... Read More »