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US: 1 American released from North Korea

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:02AM UTC Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea.  Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released.

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:54AM UTC An Afghan farmer works on a poppy field harvesting opium, the main ingredient in heroin, in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Pic: AP.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. report shows that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade.

Thilafushi: An island of trash in the Maldives

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:28AM UTC Pic: Dying Regime (Flickr CC)

The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and population. It is also the country with the lowest elevation on Earth, rising to only 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to climate change, the Maldive Islands are under threat of rising sea levels. In

Nepal officials scaling down blizzard rescue operations

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 8:51AM UTC A view of part of the Annapurna Circuit. Pic: Shutterstock.

Officials in Nepal say rescue operations have been scaled down at the trekking trail where hundreds of hikers were caught in a blizzard last week.

NBA partners with China to expand training

By Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:23AM UTC

The NBA has agreed to a multiyear partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to incorporate basketball curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools across the country.

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