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China turns firepower to soft power to try to win tiny Taiwan-held isl

KINMEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Soldiers on the tiny Taiwan-held island of Kinmen regularly conduct military drills repelling amphibious attacks by Chinese Communist troops from the mainland, but the problem may soon be free-for-all landings of Chinese shoppers and businessmen.<p>The war games are a …

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close breaking news<p>Singapore<p>City Harvest case: Prosecution’s bid to reinstate longer jail terms rejected by Apex court<p>Singapore<p>Shanmugam to make …

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Science, Space and Technology News 2017

An international partnership of the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS), the Art …

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Nepal's forests under threat over fuel crisis

<b>Nepal's world-renowned community forests are under threat from a sudden rise in demand for firewood because of a fuel crisis, officials say.</b><p>A blockade on the Himalayan nation's border with India has halted imports.<p>Ethnic communities in the southern plain bordering India are protesting against the …

Los Angeles homelessness emergency: 'A city of shanties'

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These leaked records cast light on how ISIS makes its money

ISIS has a lot of money. But we don't know for sure how much or where it comes from. Which is why a very rare leak of ISIS's internal books, published Monday on the blog Jihadology, is so interesting. One leading terrorism researcher says it's "possibly the best available primary source" on how …

Russia says it’s bombing ISIS in Syria. This map shows it’s lying.

When Russia started bombing in Syria last week, it said it was targeting ISIS — a claim it's stuck to pretty consistently in the past week. But this map of Russian airstrikes in Syria so far, put together by the Levantine Group, tells a very different story.<p>The Levantine Group's analysts used a …

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5 ways Singapore is dealing with the haze

The haze from forest and peat fires in Indonesia continues to plague Southeast Asia for the second consecutive month with no end to the fires in …

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Japan's yakuza gang wars

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A Yakuza War Is Brewing in Japan — And the Police Are Taking Sides | VICE News

Earlier this month, Japan's National Police Agency held an emergency meeting to discuss what they believed was a looming crisis. The country's largest organized crime group, the 24,000-member Yamaguchi-gumi, had just split apart. And police feared the kind of violence that might follow.<p>"There has …

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Medical charity MSF demands independent probe into strike on Afghan ho

KABUL (Reuters) - Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into a suspected U.S. air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital it runs, branding the attack a “war crime”.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised a full …

UN says Afghan hospital bombing may be war crime

The suspected US-led air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people, including 12 members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), was "inexcusable" and possibly criminal, the UN's human rights chief has said, as the Pentagon ordered an investigation into the deadly …

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Correction: Afghanistan story

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In stories on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 about the bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz, The Associated Press reported erroneously that AP video appeared to show weaponry in the windows of the medical facility. Further review of the …

America's gun problem, explained

The public and research support gun control. Here's how it could help — and why it doesn't pass.<p>On Wednesday, it happened again: A shooter walked into an American school and opened fire. The shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed at least 17 people.<p>Already, …

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11 myths about the future of gun control, debunked after the Charleston shooting

Another mass shooting, another round of arguments about why gun reform is doomed to fail. Turns out, most of those arguments don’t hold up to scrutiny<p>Myth No1: Gun control would never pass Congress<p>A majority of US senators voted for a package of gun control measures only two years ago. The 54 who …

UN battle looms over finance as nations submit climate plans

<b>Divisions over money between rich and poor countries re-emerged as nations submitted their plans for tackling climate change to the UN.</b><p>India, the last big emitter to publish its contribution, said it would need $2.5 trillion to meet its targets.<p>The Philippines said that without adequate climate …

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Crowdfunding site Patreon hacked data leaked

<b>About 15 gigabytes of data including names, addresses and donations have been published online following a hack attack on crowdfunding site Patreon.</b><p>Patreon allows people to make regular donations to artists for projects.<p>Projects currently seeking funding include a science video series featuring …

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How the global box office is changing Hollywood

As global cinema audiences grow, their appetite for US movies is having a profound effect on the way that Hollywood films are being made, reports Tom Brook.<p>Hollywood is like an octopus with tentacles extending across the globe. For decades most of its sustenance came from domestic ticket sales …

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War with Isis: Meet the Kurdish women's militia fighting for their families west of the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn

The Kurdish soldiers relax half a mile behind the front line where they have been battling Isis forces west of the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn. The …

Anti-torture reforms opposed within psychology group after damning report

Tempers rise within American Psychological Association, which independent review recently found was complicit in brutal military and CIA interrogation<p>Opposition is building to intended anti-torture reforms within the largest professional organization of psychologists in the US, which faces a …

CIA torture report

December 2016<p>Obama’s agreement to preserve investigation into CIA’s use of torture after 9/11 means classified document will remain restricted under Presidential Records Act<p>Published: 12 Dec 2016<p>October 2016<p>Human Rights Watch releases account of beatings and water torture but CIA spokesman says …

Carly Fiorina endorses waterboarding 'to get information that was necessary'

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who surged in recent polls of Republican voters, supports the controversial interrogation method that has been called torture<p>Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has endorsed waterboarding, the controversial interrogation method that has been called torture, …

Single Chinese women, banned from freezing their eggs, flock abroad

SHANGHAI — When China’s most famous blogger weighs in on a contentious issue, a social media storm is certain to follow.<p>Such was the case when Han …

China's Airbnb Raises New Funds At $1 Billion Valuation

One more Chinese company has joined the billion dollar startup club. Tujia, a Chinese vacation rental firm similar to Airbnb, has raised $300 million in its latest round of fundraising at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company announced today.<p>Hong Kong-based All-Stars Investment, an …

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Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached

GiveDirectly has a straightforward approach to helping the world's poorest people: just give them cash, no strings attached.<p>The New York-based nonprofit has distributed about $1,000—roughly a year's income—to thousands of ultra-poor households in Kenya and Uganda. Recipients don't need to pay back …

China to restrict exports of certain drones and supercomputers

A new cold war may be brewing between China and the West, and it's centered around the 21st century's weapon of warfare of choice: drones.<p>China's …

Samsung ready to spend 100 billion won to compensate cancer-affected employees

It’s no secret conditions at factories are not always optimal, often even bringing health risks to the workers that make our beloved devices. Even the biggest Android manufacturer has been involved in issues like this one. You may have not heard of it much, as it was a 12-year old dispute that was …

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