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    US Diplomat in Philippines to Discuss Duterte's Comments The most senior U.S. diplomat for Asia is in the Philippines days after President Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit to China, said he intended to sever ties with the U.S. Daniel Russel plans to meet Monday with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay in an attempt to get some clarification of Duterte's intentions. On...

    Residents of Kunduz in Afghanistan Fear Another Taliban Attack A bulldozer was busy clearing up the burnt remains of a shop destroyed during more than a week of fighting. Nearby, a man sold vegetables on a cart amidst heaps of charred bricks. Almost two weeks after the Afghan government, with NATO support, managed to fend off a Taliban attempt in...

    Modern Singapore Practices Ancient Ritual of Female Genital Mutilation Medical clinics in Singapore are carrying out female genital cutting on babies, according to people with first-hand knowledge, despite growing global condemnation of the practice, which world leaders have pledged to eradicate. The ancient ritual, more commonly associated with rural communities in a swath of African countries, is observed by most Muslim...

    China Denies Allegations its Peacekeepers Abandoned S. Sudan Posts China's defense ministry has rejected as "malicious speculation" allegations by a U.S.-based group that Chinese peacekeepers had abandoned their posts in South Sudan in July instead of protecting civilians. Chinese troops are part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, which has been ravaged by conflict between rival forces loyal...

    Houston’s Vietnamese Language Radio Binds Community Houston now has the largest community of Vietnamese in the United States outside the state of California, and the Vietnamese population in other Texas cities is also growing. One key to keeping the people in these communities informed and in touch with the community at large is the radio station called Radio Saigon-Houston. As...

    Report: Samsung Temporarily Halts Production of Note 7 Smartphones South Korean media say electronics conglomerate Samsung has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, following reports of fires in replacement devices. The South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted an unnamed source at a Samsung supplier Monday as saying the work stoppage on the Note 7 was done in cooperation with...

    US Will Use All Tools Available to Deal with N. Korean Nuclear Threat U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is visiting South Korea amid rising concern over North Korea's nuclear program and worries about increasing sophistication of the North's missiles. Marcus Harton has more.

    Pakistan’s Parliament Strengthens Honor Killing Law Pakistan’s parliament on Thursday tightened a legal loophole that allowed perpetrators of honor killings to avoid justice. Under the new law, a pardon granted by the victim’s family can spare the convicted perpetrator from capital punishment – but not from a mandated minimum sentence of life in prison. In the conservative Pakistani society, encounters between...

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