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Rescue workers race to find survivors after Taiwan quake kills at least 14

Hundreds of Taiwanese firefighters and military personnel raced throughout the night Saturday in frigid temperatures looking for survivors trapped in collapsed buildings after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan. At least 14 people, including a 10-day-old girl, were reported killed...

Tibet's Road Ahead

Tibet's last princess gives a rare interview

Gonpo Tso was born a princess. As a young woman, she dressed in fur-trimmed robes with fat ropes of coral beads strung around her neck. She lived in an adobe castle on the edge of the Tibetan plateau with a reception room large enough to accommodate the thousand Buddhist monks who once paid tribute...

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  • India's Supreme Court says it will reexamine gay-sex ban

    India's Supreme Court says it will reexamine gay-sex ban

    India’s Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would reexamine its decision criminalizing gay sex, giving hope to activists who have called the law a violation of fundamental rights. The high court said it would constitute a five-judge panel to hear an appeal by advocacy groups challenging the 2013...

  • Threatened by the Taliban, some schools in Pakistan close -- others arm teachers and build walls

    Threatened by the Taliban, some schools in Pakistan close -- others arm teachers and build walls

    In the aftermath of a deadly attack on a Pakistani university, many private schools across the country remain closed, and others have implemented heavy security to guard against the threat of further violence. By Monday, at least 12 chains of private schools had not reopened institutions in Khyber...

  • Suspect in Arcadia double homicide denied bail in Hong Kong

    Suspect in Arcadia double homicide denied bail in Hong Kong

    The Chinese citizen suspected of killing his two teenage nephews in Arcadia last month was denied bail in Hong Kong while awaiting extradition.  Deyun Shi, 44, appeared in court in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for a bail hearing, but a judge ruled against granting bail.  “I can’t see any...

  • Detention of three journalists sparks backlash in China

    Detention of three journalists sparks backlash in China

    In a case that has attracted nationwide attention in China, three journalists accused of writing stories critical of a local government in Gansu province have surfaced after a two-week disappearance. But now they are facing charges of extortion. The incident in the small city of Wuwei went viral...

  • At least 20 dead after suicide bombing in Afghan capital

    At least 20 dead after suicide bombing in Afghan capital

    A Taliban-claimed suicide bombing in a busy pedestrian area in Afghanistan's capital Monday reportedly left at least 20 people dead and more than a dozen injured. The area in western Kabul that was struck is home to the border police, traffic department and the Kabul Zoo and is usually full of...

  • Chinese financial company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion

    Chinese financial company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion

    Chinese police arrested 21 employees at the country's largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors for $7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in Chinese history. State media outlets reported the arrests late Sunday, and state broadcaster CCTV aired...

  • In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims

    In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims

    They call it "Little Mecca": a city of prayer caps and hijab, minarets and oxidized green domes. In some ways, Linxia, in northern China's Gansu province, is a city united. About 60% of its 250,000 people are Muslim. On a frigid Friday afternoon in December, its street life grinds to a halt. Hundreds...

  • In Mumbai, club weddings call for grand receptions

    In Mumbai, club weddings call for grand receptions

    It's winter in Mumbai, which means the Queen's Necklace, the nickname for the sea-hugging boulevard whose street lamps evoke a string of pearls, is lighted more gaudily than usual. Along a half-mile stretch of the thoroughfare sits a succession of private clubs known as gymkhanas, where generations...

  • Bangladesh reeling after second wave of attacks possibly tied to Islamic State

    Bangladesh reeling after second wave of attacks possibly tied to Islamic State

    It has been nearly a year since Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born American citizen, was hacked to death on the street in this South Asian country's teeming capital, part of a series of grisly killings of secular writers who criticized Islamic fundamentalism. But in the last four months, Bangladesh...

  • Suspect in Arcadia slayings tells Hong Kong court he wants to return to U.S.

    Suspect in Arcadia slayings tells Hong Kong court he wants to return to U.S.

    The man suspected of killing his two nephews in Arcadia last week and fleeing to Hong Kong appeared in court in the Chinese territory Monday and said he was eager to return to the United States as soon as possible to clear his name. American officials have initiated an extradition request for Deyun...

  • USC-based project aims to keep memory of Nanjing massacre alive

    USC-based project aims to keep memory of Nanjing massacre alive

    Nearly 80 years later, Liu Suzhen could still recall her ordeal. And when she did, her ruddy cheeks burned. She shielded her face with chapped, swollen fingers as though Japanese bombers were zooming down as she spoke. "My neighborhood was among the last to fall. When the sirens sounded, my aunt...

  • India scales back 'rent-a-womb' services

    India scales back 'rent-a-womb' services

    Long before she married, at 14, Sushila Sunar had stopped going to school. She never learned to read. After her two children were born, she broke rocks at a construction site for a few dollars a day, the only work she could find. Then a woman approached Sunar with a job that paid nearly $6,000,...

  • Nine months after Nepal quake, political squabbles keep thousands displaced

    Nine months after Nepal quake, political squabbles keep thousands displaced

    Aarti Tamang remembers the sound of boulders crashing down from the hills around her family's house and the feeling of her two children's hands as she clasped them tightly in her own. Nearly nine months after the 7.8 earthquake that flattened their home and devastated Nepal, the Tamang family is...

  • North Korea says it is holding U.S. university student for 'hostile act'

    North Korea says it is holding U.S. university student for 'hostile act'

    North Korea on Friday announced the arrest of a university student from Ohio accused of posing as a tourist to commit a “hostile act” against the reclusive nation. News of the University of Virginia student’s detention came at a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States,...

  • How a student's suicide has reignited a debate over caste in India

    How a student's suicide has reignited a debate over caste in India

    One day last week, Rohith Vemula was protesting his suspension from Hyderabad Center University in southern India. The next day, the 26-year-old PhD student hanged himself, leaving behind a suicide note that read, “My birth is my fatal accident.” Vemula’s death Sunday has sparked an outcry and...

  • The Philippines largely dodged the AIDS crisis. That's changing.

    The Philippines largely dodged the AIDS crisis. That's changing.

    Increasing HIV infection rates are raising fears that the Philippines will be faced with a public health crisis that it has long escaped. Since the Philippines reported its first case of HIV in 1984, the island nation has had one of the lowest rates of infection in the world; less than 1% of its...

  • Mystery deepens as two missing Hong Kong men surface in mainland China

    Mystery deepens as two missing Hong Kong men surface in mainland China

    The disappearances of five men affiliated with a Hong Kong publishing house specializing in Chinese government exposés took several strange twists this week. One man appeared on state-run Chinese TV saying he’d voluntarily returned to the mainland to face justice in a 2003 drunk-driving case. Meanwhile,...

  • Suicide blast targets Afghanistan media group, killing 7

    Suicide blast targets Afghanistan media group, killing 7

    A suicide car bomb struck a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s largest independent television broadcaster Wednesday evening, killing seven people and wounding 27, police officials said. The blast in western Kabul’s Darulaman Road area hit a civilian bus transporting employees of Moby Group,...

  • China airs 'confession' by Swedish rights worker; critics charge coercion

    Chinese state television broadcast a “confession” by a detained Swedish human rights worker Tuesday night, punctuating a state media offensive accusing him of “endangering national security” by funding grass-roots lawyers and writing reports about the country’s human rights record.Peter Dahlin,...

  • At least 21 killed in Pakistani university attack; Taliban claims responsibility

    At least 21 killed in Pakistani university attack; Taliban claims responsibility

    Gunmen broke into a university campus in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday morning, fatally shooting students in their dorm rooms in an assault that left at least 21 people dead, police and hospital officials said. A commander of the Pakistani Taliban, which has frequently attacked educational...

  • Suicide bomber targeting police in Pakistan kills 11

    Suicide bomber targeting police in Pakistan kills 11

    A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a crowded police checkpoint on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 11 people in an attack claimed by the Taliban. An additional 21 people were wounded in the blast, which took place on a road leading to neighboring Afghanistan,...

  • Four countries call on Taliban to come to Afghan peace table

    Four countries call on Taliban to come to Afghan peace table

    Delegates from four countries called on the Taliban to resume peace talks with the government of Afghanistan as the U.S.-backed diplomatic push gathered momentum. Representatives of the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States met in Kabul on Monday, one week after the...

  • Here's why Taiwan and mainland China will probably find a way to get along

    Here's why Taiwan and mainland China will probably find a way to get along

    The large black banner that supporters of Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen brought to her presidential election victory rally on Saturday evening is just the kind of thing that makes leaders of China’s Communist Party nervous about her Democratic Progressive Party. “Taiwan is NOT part of China!” read the...

  • In Canada, followers of pastor held by North Korea keep their faith

    In Canada, followers of pastor held by North Korea keep their faith

    At Light Korean Presbyterian Church on a recent Sunday, there are few outward signs that anything is wrong. Families crowd the corridors, abuzz in English and Korean. The congregation rises in song. The pastor devotes most of his sermon to the challenges of daily life. "If we don't turn toward...

  • Taliban denies role in latest Afghanistan bombing

    Taliban denies role in latest Afghanistan bombing

    A suicide bombing at the guest house of a local official has left at least 13 people dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The late Sunday morning attack saw the attacker detonate his explosives inside a compound belonging to Obaidullah Shinwari, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council....

  • Text of Taiwan's first female president's first remarks

    Text of Taiwan's first female president's first remarks

    Taiwan elected 59-year-old Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party as the island’s first female president on Saturday, ousting the Nationalists from the presidential palace after a campaign that hinged on issues of relations with mainland China, the slowing economy, government transparency...

  • Indonesian police arrest 12 after Jakarta attack

    Indonesian police arrest 12 after Jakarta attack

    Indonesian police said Saturday that they have arrested 12 people suspected of links to the Jakarta bombings. The audacious attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen on Thursday in central Jakarta killed seven people, including two civilians. It was the first major assault by militants in Indonesia...

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