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China bans new gov’t buildings in frugality drive

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:34PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders have banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive that aims to address public anger at corruption. The general offices of the Communist Party’s central committee and the State Council — China’s Cabinet — jointly issued the

US, India renew efforts to boost bilateral ties

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:27PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks in the Indian capital Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to strengthen ties between the two countries. The meeting came just weeks after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came to India

Beijing KFC ice cubes ‘have more bacteria than toilet water’

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:03PM UTC

“Would you like a coke with ice or a glass of water from the toilet? For your health sake, we recommend the latter.” KFC, McDonald’s and Kungfu would not have gone far with such a slogan, but their Chinese customers may have been better informed: if what was reported last

Indians celebrate birth of royal baby

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 1:43PM UTC

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The famed dabbawalas of Mumbai are celebrating the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby with the Indian tradition of passing out sweets. Thousands of dabbawalas each day pick up lunches at workers’ homes and deliver the lunches to them at their offices. They

Asylum seeker boat sinks off Indonesia, 157 saved

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 1:38PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A boat carrying would-be asylum seekers to Australia sunk in Indonesia waters, and an official said more than 150 survivors have been rescued. At least three people died, but it’s unclear how many more may be missing. The sinking comes just days after Prime Minister Kevin

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