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Meet the millennials driving up China’s growing debt load

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Ma Yiqing, 24, is typical of China’s younger generation — he uses his credit card frequently and borrows from online platforms to fund shopping habits. Asia Times By REUTERS Ma  Yiqing, 24, is typical of China’s younger generation — he… Meet the millennials… Read More »

Who was behind Cairo church bombing?

Egyptian security forces and members of the clergy inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11, 2016, in Cairo's Abbasiya neighbourhood.
The blast killed at least 25 worshippers during Sunday mass inside the Cairo church near the seat of the Coptic pope who heads Egypt's Christian minority, state media said. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian officials said today they have arrested four suspects and identified a man they believe to be the suicide bomber responsible for a blast that ripped through a Coptic church Saturday in Cairo, killing 25 people and wounding dozens of others. Al Monitor Ayah Aman Authorities said Monday they had arrested three men and a woman and were searching for two more people in connection with the bombing. No group as of yet has accepted responsibility for… Who ... Read More »

N. Korea military drill targets South’s presidential office

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South Korea warned Dec. 11 of “fatal” consequences for Pyongyang’s leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Hurriyet Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea’s special operation forces conducted an… N. Korea military… Read More »

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

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Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path. Al Jazeera by Massoumeh Torfeh@massoumehtorfeh Tajikistan may be a small country in Central Asia, but it was once hailed by the United Nations as one of the… Tajikistan: The success… Read More »

Out of obscurity

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The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels

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Emails reveal that a popular source for mainstream Western media is a U.K.-backed propaganda outlet. By Rania Khalek AlterNet The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and… British Govt-Funded… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Myanmar’s army to respect civilians’ rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority. ABC Mr Annan was meeting top officials during a three-day trip to Myanmar, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in the fractious western province Rakhine state. The army has been conducting aggressive sweeps through… Former UN chief Kofi Annan “deeply concerned” about… Read More »

Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on board

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Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan’s singer-turned-preacher, among 48 people on plane that went down near Islamabad. Al Jazeera A commercial aircraft carrying 48 people onboard crashed in northern Pakistan near the capital Islamabad, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said. PK 661 went down on Wednesday on a domestic flight from…. Pakistan: PIA PK661 crashes with 48 people on… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »

Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth Peace with Israel

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Excerpt … Turkey is normalizing its relations with Israel — in theory, at least. The Gatestone Institute by Burak Bekdil Ankara and Jerusalem agreed to appoint ambassadors to each other’s country after an absence of more than six years. Two prominent career diplomats, Kemal Okem and… Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth… Read More »

WikiLeaks reveals 57,000 emails from the son-in-law of President Erdogan, ‘proving his connection to ISIS operation smuggling oil into Turkey’

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WikiLeaks has released a tranche of more than 57,000 personal emails from the account of Turkey’s Minister of Oil Berat Albayrak. By HANNAH AL-OTHMAN FOR MAILOLINE Albayrak is the son-in-law of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The emails span a six-year period from 2000 to 2016 and allegedly reveal his level of influence in the country’s political scene. The emails appear to have been obtained by Turkish hacktivist group Redhack, and which threatened to make his communications public back in… ... Read More »

Park says she will accept court’s impeachment result

Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye has said she will accept the result of a looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but defied pressure to resign immediately. SBS An opposition-sponsored impeachment motion is almost certain to be adopted by the national assembly on Friday, with some 30 rebel MPs from Park‘s Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour. The motion would then require the approval of the… Park says she will accept court’s… Read More »