Taiwan holds drills aimed at halting China invasion

Aimed at thwarting an amphibious invasion, Taiwan’s armed forces dispatched tanks, rocket launchers and combat helicopters to beaches near Taichung for the island’s first live-fire drills of the year. “Our military stands ready to counter any threats … including those from Communist China,” Maj. Gen. Chen Chung-chi, a spokesman for Taiwan’s defense ministry, told CNN. […]

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China sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling

The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in northeastern China said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given a death sentence based on the nature and severity of his crime and in accordance with the Chinese criminal code. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the ruling, which comes as relations have strained between the two countries following the arrest […]

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Owner of S. Korean revenge porn site jailed

A court in Seoul also ordered the woman, surnamed Song, to pay a fine of $1.26 million, and ordered her to take 80 hours of sexual violence education. “It is immeasurable how much harm (the site) had caused on our society. Song worked with her husband and others to operate Soranet and let its members […]

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Japan tabloid ranks women's schools for sex

“We would like to apologize for using sensational language to appeal to readers about how they can become intimate with women and for publishing a ranking, with real university names, that resulted in a feature that may have made our readers uncomfortable,” the tabloid’s editorial department said in a statement obtained by CNN. The article […]

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Saudi teen who fled family under protection of UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was released from the airport late on Monday and is now under the protection of the UNHCR and Thai authorities. Thailand’s immigration police chief, Surachet Hakpal, told CNN that he would try to arrange a meeting between the family members if the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) allowed it. In response, the UNHCR […]

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Kim Jong Un pays another visit to China

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korea issues, earlier said a North Korean train possibly carrying a “high-level” official had crossed the border into China. Dozens of security vehicles and officials blocked the roads around a train station in the Chinese border city of Dandong through which the train […]

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Why Britain could put a base on the South China Sea

But an examination of recent British defense initiatives shows that far from being an off-the-cuff play, a base in Asia would be a logical extension of moves made over the last few years. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson broached ideas for a post-Brexit British military in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph. “This is our biggest […]

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Xi warns Taiwan independence is 'a dead end'

The Chinese President’s Wednesday address was a far cry from one he gave in March last year, in which he said “not a single inch of our land” could be ceded from China, adding the country was prepared to “fight the bloody battle against our enemies.” By contrast, the latest speech — marking 40 years […]

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