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South Korean ruling party wins by-elections

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:55PM UTC South Korean President Park Geun-hye pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol  at a group memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, in April. Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s ruling party has won most of the seats at stake in legislative by-elections, cementing its majority and giving a boost to President Park Geun-hye’s embattled conservative government after April’s ferry disaster.

China: Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti indicted for separatism

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 3:50PM UTC Ilham Tohti. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken Chinese minority scholar has been indicted on separatism charges amid continuing anti-government violence in the country’s far west.

US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:59PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba. The department announced Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Chongchongang Shipping Company, which owned the ship. It also sanctioned

US panel calls on China to end organ harvesting

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:37PM UTC US panel calls on China to end organ harvesting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has endorsed a resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners. Human rights groups have long criticized China for taking organs for transplant from executed prisoners. China said in 2012 it plans

KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:16PM UTC KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales

BEIJING (AP) — The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains says a scandal over food safety in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company’s global profit.

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