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U.S. soldier killed, 2nd wounded by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

An American service member was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday in southern Afghanistan in what military officials said was the first casualty of stepped-up U.S. operations in embattled Helmand province. Six Afghan soldiers and an American were also wounded when their vehicle struck the roadside...

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  • China sentences longtime activist to nearly 8 years on subversion charge

    China sentences longtime activist to nearly 8 years on subversion charge

    A former literature professor who spent 16 years in prison after China’s 1989 crackdown on democracy protests was convicted of subversion Wednesday and sentenced to 7½ years behind bars. Hu Shigen, a writer and member of underground Christian churches, was tried by the No. 2 Intermediate People’s...

  • China puts activists, lawyer on trial for subversion

    China puts activists, lawyer on trial for subversion

    China is putting three human rights activists and one lawyer on trial this week in the eastern city of Tianjin, and on Tuesday the court handed down the first verdict, finding one defendant guilty of subversion and imposing a three-year suspended prison sentence. Authorities have tried to give...

  • Korea's smash summer hit is a zombie movie that strikes a deep chord

    Korea's smash summer hit is a zombie movie that strikes a deep chord

    A group of passengers have taken refuge in the last safe place, the front car of a train that is barreling through the hinterlands of South Korea, as a mob of zombies seethes just beyond the door. As the last few passengers who haven’t succumbed to the zombie horde beg to be let in, those inside...

  • Why an Indian activist plans to give up her 16-year hunger strike

    Why an Indian activist plans to give up her 16-year hunger strike

    On the first Thursday in November 2000, Irom Sharmila was observing a weekly religious fast. She did not know it would be 16 years before her next regular meal. That day, Indian security forces killed 10 civilians at a bus stop in Sharmila’s restive northeastern state of Manipur, prompting her...

  • In Didi Chuxing, Uber finally met its match

    In Didi Chuxing, Uber finally met its match

    Uber’s rapid rise from small start-up to $62.5-billion tech giant is often chalked up to its unmatched bullishness, its penchant to win at all costs. But in China, the company finally met its match: a rival willing to outspend, outmaneuver and, as of Monday, outright buy the Chinese arm of its...

  • China's censors are cracking down on the online news industry

    China's censors are cracking down on the online news industry

    In a further attempt to tighten censorship, China this week said it was investigating eight of the nation’s high-profile Internet companies for “serious violations” of rules on who may report and publish news, ordering them to shut down or “clean up” their websites immediately. Just as millions...

  • At least 19 killed, 20 injured in knife attack near Tokyo

    At least 19 killed, 20 injured in knife attack near Tokyo

    A man armed with a knife stormed into a home for the disabled in Sagamihara, just outside Tokyo, early Tuesday and stabbed at least 19 people to death while injuring about 20 more. “I did it,” 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu announced to police upon turning himself in at a police station at 3 a.m.,...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Beijing Badaling Wildlife World promises visitors a safari experience just 30 miles from the center of the Chinese capital — customers can drive their own cars through a park where lions, tigers and other wild game roam free. But on Saturday afternoon, one family’s outing went horribly wrong, ending...

  • Government flood warning in China was too little, too late, survivors say

    Government flood warning in China was too little, too late, survivors say

    All day Tuesday, Gao Longtao’s phone kept buzzing with alerts from the local government: Heavy rains would be pelting his hometown, Xingtai, about 220 miles southwest of Beijing, the notices said. The rain came in sheets. But even when the electricity went out at about 10 p.m., no one in his village,...

  • Bombing at Afghanistan protest kills 81; Islamic State claims responsibility

    Bombing at Afghanistan protest kills 81; Islamic State claims responsibility

    The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Saturday at a protest by members of the country’s Hazara ethnic minority that killed at least 81 people, injured more than 230 others and turned a square in the Afghan capital into a tableau of carnage. If verified,...

  • More than 170 dead in China flooding; many still missing

    More than 170 dead in China flooding; many still missing

    More than 170 people died and scores remained missing after heavy rains touched off floods and landslides in China this week, officials said Saturday. State-run media put the economic losses at over $2 billion, and meteorologists warned that more thunderstorms were expected in the coming days. ...

  • For 2nd time in 15 years, Tibetan Buddhist academy in China faces demolition order

    For 2nd time in 15 years, Tibetan Buddhist academy in China faces demolition order

    A large Tibetan Buddhist academy tucked in a remote valley of Sichuan province is under threat of large-scale destruction by Chinese authorities for the second time in 15 years, international human rights groups and scholars say.  Larung Gar, a picturesque settlement of red log-cabin dwellings...

  • Two in China receive kidney transplants, contract rabies and die

    Two in China receive kidney transplants, contract rabies and die

    Two men in China died of rabies after receiving kidney transplants from an infected donor, according to Chinese medical researchers.  Last summer, a 55-year-old man from Hebei province near Beijing and a 43-year-old man from Liaoning province in the country’s far northeast died after receiving...

  • 'Barbaric,' 'cultural genocide' and a 'return to Maoism': GOP platform's tough words rile China

    'Barbaric,' 'cultural genocide' and a 'return to Maoism': GOP platform's tough words rile China

    The platform adopted by delegates to the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland mentions China 21 times — far more than Russia (10 times), Iran (seven), North Korea (three) or Syria (twice). Although the document borrows some language from the party’s 2012 platform, which called...

  • How a stockpile of America's nuclear weapons got tangled up in a Middle East crisis

    How a stockpile of America's nuclear weapons got tangled up in a Middle East crisis

    A little more than 100 miles from the territory held by the violent extremist group Islamic State, there is a little piece of Americana. It has an eight-lane swimming pool, a baseball diamond and housing tracts built on carefully manicured cul-de-sacs. The Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey has...

  • Court convicts youthful leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

    Court convicts youthful leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

    Joshua Wong, the teenage leader who is the face of the youthful pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, was convicted Thursday of participating in an unlawful assembly that snowballed into a massive sit-in known as the Umbrella Movement. Two fellow youth movement leaders, Alex Chow, 25, and Nathan...

  • The state-run China Film Group plans $600-million IPO after years of delays

    The state-run China Film Group plans $600-million IPO after years of delays

    After years of delays and false starts, China Film Group — the giant, state-run company that handles the import of foreign movies to the mainland — said Wednesday it aims to raise more than $600 million in an initial public offering next week. That would make the IPO the biggest ever for China’s...

  • Vigilante groups beat and kill to protect cows in India

    Vigilante groups beat and kill to protect cows in India

    Ravi Shitole needed a transport vehicle. He had just made a purchase and wanted to haul the cargo back to his village, around 200 miles away. But transporters refused to rent him a vehicle, for Shitole was taking the perilous risk of traveling with cows.   “I bought them so my family could have...

  • North Korea launches three more missiles, Seoul says

    North Korea launches three more missiles, Seoul says

    North Korea launched three ballistic missiles off its east coast early Tuesday in what could be a show of force intended to register displeasure with plans to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea. The three missiles flew between 310 and 372 miles, demonstrating a range capable of...

  • In U.S.-China game of chicken over South China Sea, KFC feels the heat

    In U.S.-China game of chicken over South China Sea, KFC feels the heat

    Does diving into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken make you a Chinese traitor? That’s the in-your-face message some KFC customers in China received over the weekend in wake of a ruling by an international tribunal in the Netherlands in a case that pitted the Philippines against China.  Colonel...

  • How Turkey's botched coup tried and failed to capture the president

    How Turkey's botched coup tried and failed to capture the president

    Rebel commandos barged into an Aegean resort hotel with a key mission: capture Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He had been vacationing there. At first, the soldiers couldn’t find his villa. When they finally did, the president was long gone. The soldiers were at least an hour late. They...

  • In Ankara, a night of fear as battling Turkish jets screamed through the skies

    In Ankara, a night of fear as battling Turkish jets screamed through the skies

    It is dawn and the streets of Ankara’s Kizilay district are empty, strewn with rubbish and glass. A man casts a solitary figure, sweeping shards into piles after a night of bracing violence. Little else moves. On Ankara’s main boulevard, mangled cars sit at intervals. Some trees have been uprooted...

  • Failed coup in Turkey could allow Erdogan to tighten his grip on the troubled country

    Failed coup in Turkey could allow Erdogan to tighten his grip on the troubled country

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently put down a clumsy military coup, but the fallout, as he punishes those who challenged his government, will plunge Turkey’s domestic politics and its relations with the U.S. into new turmoil. A vital strategic ally to Washington, NATO member...

  • Hong Kong demands that candidates take pro-China pledge in order to run

    In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong electoral officials are asking all candidates running for the legislature in September to pledge under oath that the territory is an inalienable part of China. The measure, announced Thursday, two days before the period to nominate candidates opened, is believed...

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