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Thai Tourist Island Rocked By Car Bomb

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The explosion in the southern tourist island of Samui wounded seven people. The government has blamed the activists opposed to the country's ruling junta.

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All Things Considered

'Great Wall Of Sand': China Builds Islands In Contested Waters

Friday, April 10, 2015

The scale of China's construction in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands is clear in new satellite images released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, whose director speaks with NPR.

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Alleged Mastermind Of 2008 Mumbai Attack Out On Bail

Friday, April 10, 2015

Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting the Mumbai attack that left more than 160 people dead, walked out of a Pakistani prison on Friday. The move threatens to strain relations with India.

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All Things Considered

A Forgotten Generation: Half Of South Korea's Elderly Live In Poverty

Friday, April 10, 2015

In a country known for its tech advances and rapid economic rise, the generation responsible for the growth isn't faring so well. Half of South Korea's seniors live below the poverty line.

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Pakistan's Parliament Rejects Joining Saudi Coalition In Yemen

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lawmakers in Islamabad instead approved a draft resolution calling on the government to play a mediating role in the conflict against the Houthi rebels.

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Morning Edition

TV Channel In China Fails With Good News

Friday, April 10, 2015

The channel focused on, "the brighter side of human nature," not "murder" or "fire." Nobody watched. At least that's according to the China Youth Daily, which reported on the channel's failure.

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Morning Edition

Pakistan's Dilemma: Should It Assist Saudi Arabia In Yemen Operation?

Friday, April 10, 2015

For the last three days, Pakistan's parliament's been wringing its hands over whether to send troops, and possibly aircraft, to help out the Saudis in Yemen.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Intervention In The Caribbean Comes On China's Heels

Thursday, April 09, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Margaret Myers, director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue.

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All Things Considered

Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Liu Cixin's science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos and offer commentary on current events. The first book in his trilogy has been translated into English.

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Uber Launches Cash-Only Rickshaw Service In Indian Capital

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Passengers can hail the popular three-wheeled vehicles using an Uber app. Fares are set by the state.

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China's Neighbors See Mischief In What's Happening At Disputed Reef

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Satellite imagery of a coral atoll in the South China Sea shows the reef is growing. A U.S. military official likens Beijing's land reclamation to building a "great wall of sand."

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Chinese TV Star Apologizes For Remarks Critical Of Mao

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Bi Fujian, one of the country's most popular television presenters, recently ran afoul of his employer, state-run CCTV, for a parody song he performed at a private banquet.

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Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years For Fraud

Thursday, April 09, 2015

B. Ramalinga Raju, the founder of the computer services company that collapsed in 2009, and two of his brothers were among those convicted of defrauding shareholders.

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Morning Edition

China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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All Things Considered

Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.

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In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch — and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.

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Pew: Japan And U.S. Respect Each Other And Distrust China

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Japanese and Americans surveyed say they want the two nations to remain close, or get closer. And they share a suspicion of China.

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Flight Or Fight? Air India Grounds Pilots After Reported Cockpit Brawl

Monday, April 06, 2015

The co-pilot, upset over instructions from the commander, apparently "beat up the captain," The Times of India reported. An airline spokesman said the two men had "an argument ... nothing more."

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NPR记者驱车800公里送中国新人赴乡村婚礼

Monday, April 06, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt, who has been driving Chinese people around Shanghai to meet a variety of people and better understand the rapidly changing country, takes his experiment to a whole new level.

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Will New Zealand Rebuild The Cathedral My Forefather Erected?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

NPR's Philip Reeves recently visited the earthquake-battered cathedral in New Zealand built by a 19th-century ancestor. He found his family history entwined in a fierce contemporary controversy.

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