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China stresses 'nationalism' in war anniversary propaganda push

China plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, and its fight against Japan, with a stream of movies, concerts, performances and exhibitions, officials said on Monday, in an effort to strengthen “nationalism and culture.” The centerpiece of the events is a military ...

Jul 6, 2015

China using animals to predict earthquakes: report

Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported. The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. Breeders on the farms ...

Jul 6, 2015

China's influence grows as Russian crisis rocks Central Asia

At a bazaar in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, once a far-flung outpost in the Soviet Union, cheap goods from neighboring China are helping offset the pain caused by Russia’s economic meltdown. As low world prices for Russian energy exports and Western sanctions over Ukraine stir ...

Jul 6, 2015

Philippines confirms second MERS case

The Philippines confirmed a second case of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) corona virus Monday in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila from Dubai on June 19. The man was admitted to a government hospital ...

Jul 5, 2015

Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charge over funds

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country’s leader has faced criminal allegations. The attorney general ...

Jul 5, 2015

Eleven dead in China building collapse, three missing

Eleven people died when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 escaping or being rescued. More than 50 workers were in the building in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province when it came down on ...

Capsized ferry's owner, crew face murder charges

Jul 5, 2015

Capsized ferry's owner, crew face murder charges

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized, killing 59 people, an official said Saturday. The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana, ...