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High stakes in Burma’s peace process

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:08AM UTC Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

The Burmese government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.

Ex-top prosecutor in South Korea admits lewd acts

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:48AM UTC Ex-top prosecutor in South Korea admits lewd acts

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean defense lawyer for a former top prosecutor accused of performing a lewd act in public says his client has admitted the charge. Kim Soo-chang, former chief prosecutor on southern Jeju Island, resigned earlier this week over the scandal but had denied the

Philippines targets online extortion ring; arrests 8

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:35AM UTC Philippines targets online extortion ring; arrests 8

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online extortion ring accused of blackmailing over 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcams.

China’s Xi bids to bolster ties with Mongolia visit

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:25AM UTC Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and his wife Peng Liyuan, right, are greeted by Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag Friday. Pic: AP.

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is courting public opinion in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor.

UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:16AM UTC Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Food Program says it may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this autumn.

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