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Whistle-blowing journalist’s murder turns spotlight on ‘mafia island’ Malta

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Lawyer and blogger Andrew Borg Cardon (center, in hat) addresses the crowd during a protest over the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack, outside the law courts in Valletta Tuesday. | REUTERS

The son of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of being complicit in his mother’s death as the ...

U.S. charges Chinese pair with illegal opioid manufacturing but extradition said unlikely

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert Patterson, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, takes the podium to speak at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington Tuesday to announce the indictments of two Chinese fentanyl trackers in the fight against opiate substances from entering the United States. | AP

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, ...

Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Hillary Clinton | REUTERS

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean Peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted,” urging the ...

Xi opens Chinese party congress with warning against challenges to leadership

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening of the Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. | REUTERS

Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged the Communist Party on Wednesday to “resolutely oppose” any actions that undermine its leadership as he opened a congress expected ...

North Korea, feared to hold nuclear test at start of Chinese congress, sends congratulations

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Ushers manage delegates' umbrellas at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party congress on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. | REUTERS

North Korea sent a congratulatory message to China’s Communist Party congress on Wednesday amid increasingly frayed relationships between the traditional allies as China tightens sanctions ...

China races ahead in public use of facial-recognition technology, for good or for ill

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

A Shanghai traffic policeman tells a girl how an intersection's facial recognition camera works in August. | AFP-JIJI

From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology.Advocates say it makes life easier, quicker ...

Rumors of his demise greatly exaggerated, China’s Jiang rises from the ‘dead’ for key party congress

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin uses a magnifying glass as he reads current leader Xi Jinping's report during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. | REUTERS

Rumored to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese President Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at ...

How a homemade tool helped North Korea’s missile program

By James Pearson,Hyonhee Shin
- via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero — one that outside experts would later realize was at the heart ...

U.S. Pacific Command chief Harris says Kim’s nuclear ambitions are a ‘recipe for disaster’

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris attends the Fullerton Lecture on 'Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific' in Singapore on Tuesday. | REUTERS

The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific warned the situation in North Korea is a “recipe for disaster,” as the region prepares for U.S. ...

Indonesian Army slaughter of 100,000 civilians was supported by U.S., declassified files show

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Indonesian National Party leader Sukarno addresses a rally of 200,000 people in Macassar, demanding independence from the Netherlands in January 1940. | AFP-JIJI

Declassified files have revealed new details regarding U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian Army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during ...




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