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Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

Dec 21, 2014

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia’s Aceh province a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace. The province on the northern tip of Sumatra ...

Dec 21, 2014

2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

Tassanee Vejpongsa, a video journalist based in Taipei, covered the 2004 tsunami in Phuket, Thailand. She recalls: “We had just finished our last feed as the sun started to rise. It had been a long night of coverage of what was appearing to be ...

Impoverished North falls back on cyberwarfare

Dec 21, 2014

Impoverished North falls back on cyberwarfare

As one of the world’s most impoverished powers, North Korea would struggle to match America’s military or economic might, but appears to have settled on a relatively cheap method of tormenting its foe. According to the U.S. government, Kim Jong Un’s autocratic pariah state ...

Dec 21, 2014

Australian charged with children's murder

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at ...

Dec 21, 2014

Plaintiff wins China gay conversion case

A Chinese psychological clinic was ordered Friday to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual, in what is believed to be China’s first case involving so-called conversion therapy. Lawyer Li Duilong said the ...

Dec 21, 2014

Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China

A leading Chinese sexologist’s revelation that she has been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about the country’s largely invisible and marginalized transgender community. Li Yinhe made the relationship public Thursday on her blog, which was ...

Dec 21, 2014

U.S. asks China to help on North Korean cyberattacks

The United States has asked China to help block cyberattacks from North Korea as it weighs a response to the crippling hack of Sony Pictures, a U.S. official said Saturday. “We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns ...

U.S. lacks options in Sony hacking debacle

| Dec 20, 2014

U.S. lacks options in Sony hacking debacle

President Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington’s options are limited and Pyongyang’s economic weakness is a surprising strength. No one expects the United States to launch a military strike against a nuclear-armed provocateur, but sanctions ...