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Could new drug make a difference for kids with autism?

Fifteen-year-old Marshall Scarpulla is one of three children in his family with autism. His mother, Alissa Scarpulla, said she noticed some of the …

High seas shell game: How a North Korean shipping ruse makes a mockery of sanctions

By Joby Warrick<p>, Reporter<p>The rusting seaport called Kholmsk is one of the sleepiest harbors in Russia’s Far East, a place that sees more full moons than coal ships in a typical year. Yet for a few weeks late last summer, this tiny port was chockablock with vessels hauling outlawed North Korean coal.<p>…

PH eyeing 'joint exploration' in 2 S. China Sea areas – Palace

<b>Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3)</b> — Malacañang said Friday negotiations with China are ongoing regarding a possible joint exploration deal in …

Numbers Matter: China's Three 'Navies' Each Have the World's Most Ships

As a friend’s five-year-old puts it , “China has three navies: the regular navy, the police navy and the sneaky navy.” Each of these three sea forces …

Military

US destroyer sails near contested reef in South China Sea angering Beijing

A U.S. Navy warship sailed close to a contested reef west of the Philippines this week, drawing the ire of Beijing which issued a statement Saturday accusing the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters.<p>China has laid claim to the reef for more than five years.<p>The incident took place …

World's largest amphibious aircraft in production takes off in China

China’s homegrown AG600, codenamed Kunlong, took off from southern city of Zhuhai and landed after hour-long flight<p>China’s homegrown AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight.<p>The plane, codenamed Kunlong, according to the state …

China

Ignore what you’ve read about China and the Singapore-India naval pact | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

It’s not always about China, or so say defence analysts amid the hoopla over Singapore’s decision to grant Indian warships greater access to its …

Opinion: China Is Competing With The U.S. For Military Control Over The Western Pacific

If you follow military rivalries in East Asia, start by learning the term “first island chain.” That term refers to the Kuril Islands of Russia, the Japanese archipelago, Taiwan, the northern Philippines and Borneo. If strung together on a map from north to south they form a chain past which China …

US, Japan, India, Australia ... is Quad the first step to an Asian Nato? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

IT is no longer the “Asia-Pacific”, but the “Indo-Pacific”, at least, according to the United States and some of its allies. Such a change may not …

China

Everything You Need to Know to Get Started Drinking Scotch Whisky

If you’ve never really explored it before, drinking whisky can be intimidating. Deciding what whisky to try first is a big decision. And once you …

Few Options in Solving North Korea’s Threat

Opinion<p>Posted: Oct 11, 2017 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>The war of …

Shifting tactics: China advances 'four sha' claim in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Shifting away from its nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has forwarded a new sovereignty claim over the …

Hong Kong’s rapid descent into repression

By Editorial Board<p>IN 2014, as Hong Kong erupted into protests calling for free elections, Joshua Wong emerged as the face of the city’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. Just 17 years old at the time, he led demonstrators as they marched on a fenced government square and organized weeks of sit-ins …

Ghosts of Pogroms Past Haunt Indonesia

JAKARTA — Nearly two decades after anti-Chinese riots tore through this part of Indonesia’s capital, one busy road still bears the scars. Amid the …

Why North Korea threatened Guam, the tiny U.S. territory with big military power

By Alex Horton<p>, Reporter<p>North Korea said it was reviewing plans to strike U.S. military targets in Guam with medium-range ballistic missiles to create “enveloping fire,” according to state media.<p>The message came hours after President Trump warned North Korea that it will be “met with fire and fury …

North Korea

Military cyber operations headed for revamp after long delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and …

Government Unveils New Map Of Indonesia – You Can Download The PDF Here (134MB)

<b>Indonesia unveils a new official map and renames part of the South China Sea.</b><p>On July 14 2017, the official Twitter Account of Coordinating Ministry …

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China’s territorial ambitions in the maritime region.<p>Indonesia's Deputy Minister for …

Fighting resumes in Marawi after Eid ceasefire

Fighting has resumed in the Philippine city of Marawi as a ceasefire, declared by the military to allow Muslims to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, ended.<p>The military said it would halt its offensive against fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) …

Thailand plans cyber network scrutiny, law to toughen online monitoring

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand aims to buy software to strengthen the military government's ability to track online networks and monitor online activity while planning a cyber law that will expand powers to pry into private communications.<p>The beefing up of powers over the online world come as …

ISIS poses a growing threat to Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Southeast Asia's jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the southern Philippines. It's a scenario raising significant alarm in Washington.<p>The recent assault by IS-aligned fighters on the …

Asia

China's Southern Theater Command: The PLA's Evolving Maritime Strategy

In January 2017, a long-anticipated reshuffle of the leadership of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) took place. The PLAN and its three fleets each received new commanders. Less noticed, but more significant, was the replacement of General Wang Jiaocheng with Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai (袁譽柏), …

Singapore: The Switzerland of Asia?

A key feature of Singapore’s foreign and security policy is its insistence to not choose sides between the United States and China. Singapore’s longstanding approach has so far relied on substantive overlaps in U.S. and Chinese strategic interests. But changing strategic orientations in Beijing and …

Duterte follows Xi's lead with military build-up in South China Sea

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> The Philippines has begun sending troops and supplies to an island it controls in the disputed South China Sea, setting the stage for a potential dispute with Beijing.<p>Plans are underway to reinforce and upgrade facilities on Pagasa Island, in the Spratly Islands chain, senior …

Thailand Approves $393-mln Purchase of Chinese Submarines

BANGKOK, April 24—Thailand‘s cabinet has approved the first of three planned submarine purchases from the Chinese regime worth $393 million, a …

Thai Navy

How Singapore Is Creating More Land for Itself

Jurong Island, a man-made smear of sand, lies just off the southern coast of Singapore. A quarter the size of Nantucket, it is thoroughly given over to the petrochemical industry, so crowded with spindly cracking towers and squat oil-storage tanks that the landscape is a blur of brand names — BASF, …

'Sesame Street' Masterfully Tackles the Subject of Autism in First Episode With New Character Julia

Julia is different, and wonderful, and so much more in her first appearance on Sesame Street.<p>We finally get to see 4-year-old Julia—<i>Sesame Street's</i> long-anticipated first character with autism—in action in a new episode of the iconic children's show.<p>Right away, we see how when Big Bird introduces …

Why Deep Breathing May Keep Us Calm

For generations, mothers have encouraged children to take long, slow breaths to fight anxiety. A long tradition of meditation likewise uses controlled breathing to induce tranquillity.<p>Now scientists at Stanford University may have uncovered for the first time why taking deep breaths can be so …