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VIDEO: At Least 32 Dead in Second Japan Earthquake

Tokyo, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck a southern island, killing at least 32 people and injuring about a thousand. Tweet

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China Waits, Watches as Taiwan Elects New President

Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan’s president-elect received jubilant approval at home and a cautious response in China a day after her sweeping victory. Taiwanese mainstream media called the election a mass win for a once struggling opposition party that historically dislikes Beijing. Officials in China are expected to wait and watch for now. The landslide election of […]

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Ban Congratulates Sri Lanka on 1st Anniversary Political Transition

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country’s political transition. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson said he is “encouraged by the Government’s commitment to a broad reform agenda that aims to realise durable peace, […]

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Japan, South Korea Agree to ‘Comfort Women’ Settlement

Seoul, S. Korea. Japan and South Korea have reached a landmark agreement that both countries’ foreign ministers say resolves the longstanding dispute over Tokyo’s responsibility to “comfort women” who were forced to work as prostitutes in Japanese military brothels in World War II. Three Korean “comfort women girls” (captured in Burma), photographed while being interrogated […]

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Purchases Abroad Take Up Growing Portion of Chinese Luxury Spending 

This article is featured in Jing Daily’s Weekly Roundup Newsletter. Beijing, China. According to a new report by the China-based Fortune Character Institute, 78 percent of luxury purchases by Chinese consumers took place outside of mainland China this year, a number slightly higher than last year’s estimate of 76 percent. As tariffs keep luxury goods prices high […]

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China Plans for Mainland Police in H.K. Rail Station Spark Controversy

Washington, D.C. A new high-speed rail line that will link mainland China and Hong Kong is drawing criticism over Beijing’s plans to place mainland Chinese police officers in the Hong Kong train station. People’s Armed Police. Photo: Wikipedia. The planned West Kowloon terminus for the railway linking Kowloon and Guangzhou is not scheduled to open until […]

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Ahead of Historic Elections in Myanmar, Push for Children

New York, N.Y.  As the historic elections in Myanmar draws closer, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children urged potential leaders of the country to prioritise children and commit to providing them with a fair start in life. The ceasefire agreement in Myanmar is an historic step for children, who  have suffered […]

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China, Taiwan Heads to Meet for First Time Since 1949

Washington, D.C.  Taiwan announced Tuesday that President Ma Ying-jeou would hold face-to-face talks with Chinese President Xi Jiangping on Saturday — the first meeting between Taiwanese and Chinese leaders since 1949. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Wikipedia. Ma’s spokesman said the meeting would take place in Singapore and that no agreements would be signed. But […]

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