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Victims group shuns Indonesia attacks reconciliation event

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the main Indonesian groups for survivors of terror attacks has refused to participate in what it says is a flawed …

Fiesta Democracy: Risks and Uncertainties in Philippine Presidential Elections

"What [emerging markets'] experiences underscore is that political cycles are as important to a nation's prospects as economic ones," argued Ruchir Sharma, head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, in an influential essay for the <i>Foreign Affairs</i> magazine.<p>And …

CDC Arrives In Brazil To Investigate Zika Outbreak

A team of U.S. government disease detectives launched an eagerly anticipated research project in Brazil on Monday designed to determine whether the Zika virus is really causing a surge of serious birth defects.<p>A 16-member team of epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Myanmar election: Aung San Suu Kyi campaigns in contentious Rakhine state

Oppositon leader turns focus to region which has been a hotbed of sectarian conflict between Rohingya Muslims and hard-line Buddhists<p>Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has shifted her election campaign to a region that presents the most formidable challenge – Rakhine state, which has been …

Shark numbers are growing off US east coast, finds survey

Study suggests legal protections have helped population - and comes after a summer that saw a spate of attacks<p>American shark researchers caught and tagged 2,835 sharks along the East Coast this spring, a record number which they say reflects a growing population thanks to legal protection.<p>It …

China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

Industry minister, Miao Wei, says local government and companies involved would have to subsidise plans made to help improve pollution levels<p>Local governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier …

Lee Kuan Yew obituary

Photograph: Reuters TV/Reuters<p>Lee Kuan Yew climbing up the steps at the city council chambers following the People’s Action party’s win in the national elections in Singapore in 1959, the year the country became …

'Caught between a hammer and an anvil': Myanmar's Rohingya 'internment camps'

Nget Chaung, a camp for displaced people on a marginal smudge of low-lying coastland in western Myanmar, is not a place anyone would want to call home.<p>"No-one should have to live in the conditions that we see in Nget Chaung," said Pierre Peron, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of …

Pakistani lawmakers approve military courts in terror cases

Ceding potentially far-reaching powers to the army, Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the constitution to allow military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects in the wake of last month's devastating school attack.<p>The legislation, which expires after two years unless …

Taliban Chief Behind Pakistan School Massacre Promises More Attacks

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The head of the group behind last month's horrific Pakistani school massacre that left 153 dead said the militants would strike again if the government continued to target its members and their families. "You will forget the Peshawar school attack when you face more deadly …

UN: Opium harvests soaring in Southeast Asia

<b>Yangon, Myanmar</b> – Opium poppy cultivation in the heroin-producing ‘Golden Triangle’ - the area adjoining Myanmar, Laos and Thailand - has nearly tripled since 2006, according to a new UN report.<p>The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in the findings of its annual Southeast Asia Opium Survey …

Marriage and Martyrdom: How ISIS is Winning Women

Last March 11, was a normal Thursday morning for the Ali Mehenni family, or so Kamel Ali Mehenni thought when he dropped off his 17-year-old daughter …

Terrorism

The ISIS Extremists Causing Havoc in Iraq Are Getting Funds and Recruits From Southeast Asia

Men in balaclavas are cradling Kalashnikovs as they look into a camera, somewhere in Syria. They are university students, businessmen, former …

Asia

Rise of ISIS

• <b>Author:</b> Jay Sekulow<p>THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON ISIS<br>Jay Sekulow, one of America’s most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic …

China's Second Continent

• <b>Author:</b> Howard W. French<p><b>A New York Times Notable Book</b> <br>Chinese immigrants of the recent past and unfolding twenty-first century are in search of the African dream. So explains indefatigable traveler Howard W. French, prize-winning investigative journalist and former <i>New York Times</i> bureau chief in …

Sierra Leone’s Ebola orphans face a situation ‘worse than war’

Tentatively, three young teenagers approach. They have expressionless, hollow eyes. The tallest, a boy, offers a small smile. The two girls barely muster a greeting.<p>They sit tightly together on a bench in the dust. Asked how his parents died, Ibrahim, 16, says “nobody has told us”. “My mother just …

Ebola cases in Sierra Leone show sharp rise

The number of new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone has jumped dramatically, putting paid to any hopes that the infection rate is slowing.<p>Official figures released by the minister of health and sanitation show there were 111 new cases registered on Sunday, the highest daily rate since the ministry …

My Son Is Doctors Without Borders' 1,000th Ebola Survivor

Saturday, the 21st of September, is a day I will never forget in my life.<p>I was out working with MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders] as a health promotion officer in Foya, in the north of Liberia, visiting villages and telling people about Ebola: how to protect themselves and …

WHO aims for Ebola serum in weeks and vaccine tests in Africa by January

The World Health Organisation has announced it hopes to begin testing two experimental Ebola vaccines in west Africa by January and may have a blood serum treatment available for use in Liberia within two weeks.<p>The UN’s health agency said it aimed to begin testing the two vaccines in the new year …

Ebola discoverer: 'Without a vaccine I’m not sure we can stop Ebola’

Prof Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the virus, never anticipated that it would cause such a humanitarian crisis<p>THE EBOLA VIRUS – its very name seems to have come straight from the heart of darkness – is striking fear across the globe. It has killed (officially) 4,546 people out …

For Many Journalists Ebola's Invisible Threat Is Scarier Than Covering War

Along with health workers and aid workers, journalists have to get right up close to the epidemic to do their job, donning gloves, masks and rubber boots and washing hands with chlorine countless times a day.<p>"We have less difficulty finding journalists to go to Iraq or Central African Republic" …

Q&A: What It’s Like to Cover Ebola

After returning from West Africa, photojournalist Neil Brandvold is isolating himself as a precaution.<p>Photojournalist Neil Brandvold recently shot video of patients and caregivers in Liberia and Sierra Leone, at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,400 people in recent …

Ebola outbreak in the West: Why some survive, some don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's no cure for Ebola. So why have some patients walked away healthy while others in the West died ?<p>Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Rick Sacra all contracted the disease while working in Liberia -- and all survived.<p>Spanish nurse's aide Teresa Romero Ramos got the virus while …

More than a decade later, SARS offers lessons on Ebola

It was a novel virus whose early symptoms could easily be mistaken for a dozen other common afflictions. With no treatment or vaccine in hand, it bubbled up — and quickly mushroomed — in a group of poor, populous countries.<p>Healthcare workers who treated the infected died by the hundreds.<p>Eventually, …

Afghanistan Bombing Attacks Kill 2 And Wound Many, Including Children

KABUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, early on Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, authorities said.<p>Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul and a …

Flight MH370 six months on: beatings and detentions but still no answers

Families of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say that six months of agonising uncertainty have been made harder still by the company's attitude, and by detention and even beatings by Chinese police.<p>Speaking before Monday's six-month anniversary of the flight's …

Police violence, abiding grief for China families of missing on Malaysia jet

BEIJING (Reuters) - Six months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, relatives of those lost, desperate for any hint of what happened, say Chinese authorities have become openly hostile toward them.<p>A policeman takes a nap beside a board written with messages for passengers onboard the …