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China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

The deteriorating health of China's best-known political prisoner was immediately met with dismay and anger by the country's beleaguered community of rights activists and lawyers, who called it a blow to the democracy movement. Liu was diagnosed on May 23, and prison authorities in a statement ...

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AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

China's downgrade is to be announced Tuesday at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveils the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to Congress, said the officials, who weren't authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and demanded anonymity. The ...

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South Korean ministers declare support for US antimissile system

The deployment of the antimissile battery, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, had been approved under Park Geun-hye, the South Korean president who was ousted on corruption charges in March. The fate of the missile battery, some of whose key components have already been ...

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Vatican worries about 'forcibly removed' bishop in China

The matter is the latest episode in a wider, decades-old dispute between the Vatican and China's communist authorities over papal authority to appoint bishops. "The diocesan Catholic community and his relatives have no news or reasons for his removal, nor do they know where he is being held," ...

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The Latest: 3 Australian Crown Resorts employees sentenced

Australian and Chinese casino employees are standing trial on charges relating to gambling, in a case that highlights the sensitivity of doing certain businesses in China. Casino gambling and the promoting of gambling are illegal in mainland China and agents are banned from organizing groups of ...

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9 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

More than 2,500 rescuers with detection devices and dogs were looking for signs of life amid the rubble of massive boulders that descended on Xinmo village in Mao county early Saturday. A government-run news outlet said the adults were in stable conditions, while the baby was sent to an ...

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UN says world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050

The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division released Wednesday said roughly 83 million people are being added to the world's population every year. According to new U.N. projections, India's population is expected to surpass that of China by about 2024.

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Gung-ho culture at tour agency Warmbier used on N.Korea trip

Saint Patrick's Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals. Since 2008, the Young Pioneer Tours agency built up a business attracting young travelers with a competitively priced catalog of exotic-sounding, hard-partying adventures in one of the world's most isolated ...

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China bans more synthetic opioids blamed for US drug deaths

[...] we just want to make a breakthrough in dealing with this. To counter the cat-and-mouse game, Yu said authorities had set up a system whereby information on new types of drugs gleaned during police investigations, customs clearances and medical treatment would be transferred to the ...

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China bans more deadly synthetic opioids, including U-47700

Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed U-47700 in the category of the most dangerous drugs it regulates, saying it was associated with dozens of fatalities, mostly in New York and North Carolina. Deng Ming, deputy director of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said ...

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