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U.S. Opens New De-Facto Embassy in Taiwan, Angering China

Washington, D.C. The United States has opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Taiwan that serves as Washington’s de facto embassy in the self-ruled island that Beijing claims is part of its territory. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce were among the dignitaries on hand for Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony for […]

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Calls for China to Face Ghosts of its Past on Tiananmen Anniversary

Beijing, China. The United States has added its voice to international calls for China’s communist-led government to give a full public accounting of those who were killed, detained or went missing during the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. In a bold statement from Washington to mark […]

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Nepal’s Quake-Damaged Museums Re-Open Thanks to Cultural Agency

New York, N.Y. More than a year since the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, through the combined work of the United Nations cultural agency and its partners, some of the country’s notable museums and institutions, including the National Museum, and the National Art Gallery are once again open and visitors […]

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ISIS Presence in Predominantly Muslim Indonesia Growing

Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian officials estimate there are between 200 and 300 IS sympathizers in country. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for carrying out Thursday’s coordinated bomb and gun attacks in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta that left seven people dead, including all five attackers. Jakarta Skyline. Photo: Yohanes Budiyanto / Wikipedia. According to reports, IS has been recruiting in […]

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All Chinese Infrastructure Projects to Proceed, Sri Lanka Says

Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s government said Thursday that it would go ahead with billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese projects, almost a year after declaring it would cancel them because of corruption and overpricing. The Hambantota District in the Southern Province was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and is undergoing a number of major […]

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Thanksgiving: Beautiful Japanese Grandmother and Her Cat

Chiba, Japan.  When I studied at Waseda University, Tokyo, in the 1980’s I lived with a family in Chiba Prefecture and commuted into the city.  All around our suburban home were the original farms such as shown in this beautiful story below.  My grandmothers, Irene Dudley Simpson Alleman and Agnes Foote Luce, are long gone […]

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Indonesia May Also Challenge China’s South Sea Claims

Beijing, China. At a time when China appears to be trying to smooth over its differences with rival claimants in the South China Sea, Indonesia has become the latest to indicate just how serious the situation has become. Indonesian Navy and U.S. Navy officers work through a freedom of navigation exercise during a legal training symposium. […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi? Vote Counting Underway in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar. Vote counting is underway in Myanmar where turnout was more than 80 percent for the nation’s first free general election in a quarter of a century. Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Wikipedia Commons. Some 32 million people were registered to vote to select from more than 6,000 candidates for both houses of the […]

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