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Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Apr 28, 2015

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia was to execute imminently eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. The nine ...

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

Apr 28, 2015

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced ...

Apr 27, 2015

China to merge scores of major state firms: report

China is considering merging scores of its biggest state-owned enterprises to create around 40 national champions from the existing 112, Xinhua, the nation’s official news agency, said Monday. The report said state firms would be merged or acquired, but gave no timelines or details ...

Apr 27, 2015

Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

Customs officials in Thailand say they’ve seized 3 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in tea leaf sacks in what they’re calling the second-biggest bust in the country’s history. Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 511 elephant tusks were bound for Laos ...

Apr 27, 2015

ASEAN warns Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in South China Sea

Chinese island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea, where airstrips are being built on coral reefs, risk undermining “peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned at a regional summit on Monday. Beijing’s assertion to almost the entire strategic body ...

1975 Operation Babylift participants are reunited

Apr 26, 2015

1975 Operation Babylift participants are reunited

With the Viet Cong making their final push toward taking Saigon in April 1975, the fate of thousands of Vietnamese orphans was uncertain until U.S. President Gerald Ford ordered remaining U.S. forces to evacuate the children. Forty years after the final flight of Operation ...

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Apr 26, 2015

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Salvaging the corroded 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government accused of partial responsibility, due to incompetence and corruption, for the ...