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A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

Thursday, March 19, 2015

South Korea is the top foreign destination for Chinese tourists, which means Koreans are scrambling to adjust to the hordes of travelers from the mainland.

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Thai Court Charges Ex-Premier Yingluck With Negligence

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a military coup in May, will be tried for her role in overseeing a failed policy to boost the price of rice paid to mostly poor, rural farmers.

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Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With 'Goebbels' Comment

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy."

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Video Break: Soaring Through An Immense Vietnamese Cave

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

American photographer Ryan Deboodt says he filmed Hang Son Doong on his third visit. The world's largest cave features a river and huge "skylights" that have allowed trees and wildlife to flourish.

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European Allies Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Germany, Italy, and France have become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, one week after the U.K. joined. The U.S. says there's no need for another international lending institution.

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Thailand Cautions Women Against 'Underboob Selfies'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Citing both potential harm to society and a 2007 law, Thailand's Culture Ministry warns women to resist a trend of taking photos that focus on the midriff and the lower portion of their breasts.

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Bhutan, World's Lowest-Ranked Soccer Team, Advances In World Cup Qualifying

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It had been ranked 209th out of 209 national teams โ€” but Bhutan will now progress to the second round of World Cup Qualifying, after beating Sri Lanka in consecutive matches.

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After 'Monster' Storm Hits Vanuatu, Leader Pleads For Aid

Monday, March 16, 2015

"This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster," President Baldwin Lonsdale says. He was at a conference in Japan when the storm hit.

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Once Lost, Internment Camp In Hawaii Now A National Monument

Monday, March 16, 2015

The camp was created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It held as many as 4,000 prisoners, including hundreds of Japanese-American citizens. The camp's location was recently rediscovered.

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Suicide Bombers Target Sunday Services At 2 Pakistani Churches

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The attack is the latest in a series targeting the country's Christian minority. Irate protesters attacked people whom they suspected of being behind the explosions, killing at least one person.

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New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Ari Shapiro says the statue underscores how much the U.K.-India relationship has changed since Mohandas Gandhi fought for independence from Britain nearly 70 years ago.

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Nun, Who Tried To Prevent Robbery, Gang Raped In India

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The attack on the septuagenarian occurred about 50 miles northeast of Kolkata. Officials have ordered an investigation.

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India's Prime Minister Makes A Swing Through Indian Ocean Nations

Friday, March 13, 2015

Narendra Modi aims to deepen India's strategic footprint. China has been investing in the islands, raising concern in New Delhi that India is being challenged in its own backyard.

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Obama, Unions On Opposite Sides Of The (Fast) Track For Trade Deals

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Labor groups, which have been allies of President Obama, are now stepping up their efforts to thwart White House plans for passing foreign trade deals on a "fast track" through Congress.

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So How Did They Get That Crashed Plane Off The Runway In Kathmandu?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It took four days, during which time the airport was closed to international traffic. It involved a truck. It did not involve sacrificing a goat. Maybe it should have.

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As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It's A Race To Save Indonesia's Orangutans

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Demand for palm oil is destroying the habitat of endangered Sumatran orangutans. One group is working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce these often-orphaned primates back into the wild.

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An Anti-Rape Activist Is Disturbed By 'India's Daughter'

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kavita Krishnan says the documentary, about the brutal rape and killing of a young woman in Delhi, makes some important points. But she has many criticisms, starting with the title.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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U.S. Ambassador Leaves Hospital After Attack In South Korea

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"I'm walking, talking, holding my baby, hugging my wife, so I just feel really good," U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert says as he is released from a Seoul hospital days after he was attacked.

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The Lone Buffalo Cleared Unexploded Bombs And Boosted Needy Kids

Monday, March 09, 2015

That's the nickname for a Laotian man named Manophet. He died from a brain clot five years ago, but his spirit lives on. As one kid puts it, "I should learn, I should try. I love Lone Buffalo."

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