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Mar 4, 2015

India bans documentary about 2012 Delhi gang rape

A documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 has been banned in India over concerns that derogatory comments made by one of the rapists could create an atmosphere of fear and tension, a police official said. ...

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

Mar 4, 2015

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

China’s central government will increase defense spending at a slower pace than last year as President Xi Jinping overhauls the military and seeks to stamp out the corruption that hinders the country’s combat readiness. The defense budget will rise about 10 percent this year, ...

Mar 4, 2015

China investigates second top military officer for gaft

China is investigating a second former top military officer on suspicion of corruption, two independent sources said, as President Xi Jinping widens his campaign against deep-rooted graft in the country. Guo Boxiong, 72, was a vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission until ...

Mar 4, 2015

Australia culls hundreds of starving koalas

Authorities in southeastern Australia have culled close to 700 koalas because overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister said Wednesday. Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanized in the Cape Otway area, near the scenic tourist attraction the Great ...

Mar 4, 2015

North Korea readying for medium-range missile test: report

North Korea may be readying to test fire a medium-range missile to underscore its anger over joint U.S.-South Korea military drills that began this week, a report said Tuesday. Mobile launchers used for Rodong missiles have been deployed at a North Korean missile base ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Mar 4, 2015

Japanese geologist warns of coming tsunami to hit Taiwan

A Japanese geologist said Tuesday that a massive earthquake-generated tsunami originating in Japan and capable of affecting Taiwan is likely to occur every 1,000 years, a prediction likely to worry antinuclear activists who have been campaigning for the abolition of nuclear energy on the ...