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New Zealanders to vote on whether to change flag

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:01AM UTC Victor Gizzi, left, and David Moginie, managers at flag manufacturer Flagmakers, pose next to flags of New Zealand, left, and Australia, in their factory near Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand’s government announced Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 that it will hold two national votes over the next two years to determine whether the country will change its flag. The government of the South Pacific nation revealed details of its timetable and plans for a referendum on the national symbol. Next year, voters will choose their favorite alternative flag from among several options. In 2016, they’ll vote on whether the alternative that wins should replace the current flag. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will hold two national votes over the next two years to determine whether it will change its flag.

Reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ to debut in China

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:16AM UTC Reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ to debut in China

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site says it is bringing the “Big Brother” reality TV show to China.

Nepal tightening up mountain rules in wake of disaster

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014 12:26PM UTC Trekkers heading to Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal. Pic: Joanne Lane,

In the aftermath of the recent hiking disaster in which at least 41 people were killed when a blizzard and avalanches swept across Nepal’s Annapurna region, the Nepal government has promised to introduce new rules to ensure the safety of trekkers.

Pacquiao Watch: Another bully?

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:35AM UTC Timothy Bradley, left, trades blows with Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in their WBO welterweight title boxing bout Saturday. Pic: AP. owner and founder of Pacland website (now Dong Secuya was a recent visitor in General Santos City together with a friend from Cebu. At the airport before he left, Dong called to apologize for not being able to sit down for a coffee with this author. He stayed for one night only. But before he boarded his plane, Dong intimated what he said was a very nasty episode between him and Mike Young. Young, the website designer and sports guru said, accosted him while he was taking pictures of Manny Pacquiao when the latter was doing his post-sparring workouts.

More support for gay and transgender communities needed in Thailand

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:30PM UTC Member's of Thailand's LGBT community dance at a parade in Bangkok. Pic: AP.

Thailand has made strides in the fight against HIV, but must do more to directly prevent HIV transmission among men who have sex with men, transgender people, and sex workers. Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), says it is crucial that the government and healthcare providers create a more welcoming and supportive environment for high-risk groups.

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