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Beijing introduces tougher rules for foreign teachers

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:59PM UTC Beijing introduces tougher rules for foreign teachers

On Sunday, a handful of Beijing institutions – among them, the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, the Foreign affairs office of Beijing and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education – released a decree reiterating the rules for hiring foreign workers and announcing that new, stricter regulations will be enforced starting on October 31. The new policy, while affecting all jobs, seems to target teachers in particular.

India, China leaders to discuss trade, investment

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:59PM UTC Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping wave to the media as Modi welcomes Xi upon his arrival at a hotel in Ahmadabad, India. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks aimed at boosting trade and Chinese investment even as their troops face-off along their disputed border in the Himalayas.

UN report: Disasters to displace more people

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:37PM UTC Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins in the streets of Tacloban in November last year. Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International aid officials say that more people are being displaced because of climate change-driven natural disasters and growth in the world’s poorest cities.

South China Sea spat deflects attention from Vietnam’s real issues

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 1:25PM UTC Vietnamese protest outside the Chinese Embassy in May. Pic: AP.

Ask anyone, anywhere in the world, what the most important Vietnam-related issue has been over the past few months, and I bet that lots of them will say the South China Sea dispute.

Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect endangered eels

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 1:04PM UTC Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect endangered eels

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry reported the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached Wednesday at the end of a meeting on

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