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Australia expects Japanese whaling ban this year

By Sun, Jun 23, 2013 6:05PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia expects the International Court of Justice will outlaw Japanese whaling in the Antarctic before the next whale hunting season begins in January. Australia’s case against Japan will begin in the United Nations court in The Hague on Wednesday. Australian Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said on

Worst of haze shifts from Singapore to Malaysia

By Sun, Jun 23, 2013 6:01PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday in a southern district where a smoky haze blamed on Indonesian forest fires has triggered one of the country’s worst pollution levels in years. The worst of the smog has shifted from Singapore to southernmost Malaysia, where

China activist Chen Guangcheng to visit Taiwan

By Sun, Jun 23, 2013 5:40PM UTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Activist Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest in China and later moved to the U.S., will arrive Sunday in Taiwan, where he will give several speeches expected to attract the attention of Beijing. The 18-day trip is part of Chen’s efforts to enhance freedoms and human

Indian army: Bad weather hampering rescue efforts

By Sun, Jun 23, 2013 5:37PM UTC

GAUCHAR, India (AP) — Bad weather was hampering efforts Sunday to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the northern India state of Uttarakhand where nearly 1,000 people have died in monsoon flooding and landslides, army officials said. The army suspended helicopter flights to rescue people stranded in Uttarakhand after dense

Sites in North Korea win World Heritage status

By Sun, Jun 23, 2013 5:31PM UTC

KAESONG, North Korea (AP) — The remains of a fortress that once surrounded Kaesong, the ancient capital of Korea’s Koryo Dynasty, is among sites in North Korea that have made it onto UNESCO’s latest World Heritage list. North Korea’s bid to have the sites added to the list was approved