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Crimea Adopts New Constitution; The Region “Welcomed Home” By Russia

Crimea's new constitution adopts a pro-Russia stance.

Crimea lawmakers adopted a new pro-Russian constitution on Friday, despite the Muslim Tatar minority’s objection, Pravda News reports. The region of Crimea, which transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954, is now a step closer to rejoining Mother Russia, Reuters reports. The Crimea Constitution was approved by all 88 deputies present, afterwards, the deputies broke… Read more »

North Korea To Hold ‘Elections’; Kim Jong Un’s Candidacy Announced

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North Korea prepares for an act of “single-minded unity” as the country holds their elections this weekend, Reuters reports. State-controlled news outlet KCNA announced Thursday that preparations for the elections, held every five years in the country, are “gaining momentum” as voters enlist their names in the electoral list of their districts. Majority of the… Read more »

Lawyer Throws Ink At Tycoon Accused Of Fraud

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A lawyer threw black ink at an Indian tycoon accused of multibillion-dollar fraud on Tuesday. While he threw the ink, he screamed, “He has cheated and robbed us!” According to MSN Money, Tycoon Subrata Roy, who is the head of the Sahara India conglomerate, was entering the Supreme Court building in New Delhi with scores… Read more »

Hong Kong Outranks Major Asian Cities In Global Cost-Of-Living Survey

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Hong Kong is the 13th most expensive city to live in according to the latest survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey, covered by the South China Morning Post, concluded that Hong Kong outranks several major cities in Asia like South Korean capital Seoul at rank 15 and Chinese mega-city Shanghai at rank 21,… Read more »

Singapore: World’s Costliest City

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The city-state of Singapore is now officially the costliest, or most expensive, city to live in the world. This news was released in the 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which, by what The Wall Street Journal reports, a relocation tool that compares the cost of living between 131… Read more »

Hong Kong Influential Journalist Stabbed, Police Seek Two Suspects

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Days after thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest deteriorating press freedoms, ousted editor Kevin Lau — at the center of the controversy — was stabbed multiple times by unknown assailants and is fighting for his life. The attack took place early Wednesday morning as Lau was walking to his car, his… Read more »

Sri Lanka Denies War Crimes, Denounces UN’s Call For Investigations

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Sri Lanka was the center of human rights controversy this week when the government blatantly rejected UN’s call to investigate the country for alleged war crimes. Insisting that there were no war crimes committed during the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka, the island country’s government refused to acknowledge UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s… Read more »

Hong Kong Journalists Protest Freedom Of The Press Deterioration

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Traditionally, Hong Kong residents have been very vocal in their opinions, but lately journalists feel that the freedom of the press is being squashed as never before. This past Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets — in what they dubbed “Free Speech, Free Hong Kong” rally — to protest what they see as… Read more »

Hong Kong Disneyland In The Black And Fighting To Expand

Hong Kong Disneyland turns profit

While it’s taken a few years to hit their stride, Hong Kong Disneyland signed off on their second consecutive fiscal year in the black. Hong Kong Disneyland is currently the smallest Disney theme park in the world, dwarfed by France, Japan, and the daunting United States Disney theme parks. While excitement flooded the Disney family… Read more »

South Korea, North Korea Family Reunions Held Despite Tensions

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South Korea and North Korea share the world’s most heavily fortified border in the world, but that won’t stop South Korea – North Korea family reunions from taking place this week. The reunions, which will take place between Feb. 20 to Feb. 25 and reunite family members separated for more than 60 years, almost didn’t… Read more »

North Korea Human Rights Violations: Woman Forced To Drown Baby, More

Kim-Jong-Un may personally face international criminal charges over alleged atrocities.

North Korea human rights violations include state sanctioned murder, rape, enslavement, torture, abductions, executions and deliberate starvation according to a United Nations Human Rights Council report. The report, which is over 400 pages long, details the results of a year-long investigation in which more than 100 former prisoners, escapees, and asylum-seekers were interviewed. According to… Read more »

South Korea Continues Military Drills Despite N. Korean Threats

North Korea has tested nuclear weapons. Last year, they threatened to use them.

South Korea and the United States are running joint sea, air and land military drills; North Korea has denounced the drills as an attempt to alternately build up a US-led invasion force or nuke Pyongyang. North Korean officials have suggested that the military exercises could spark a nuclear war. The APquoted North Korean government official… Read more »

Apparent Thai Elephant Attack Results In NY Wildlife Expert Death

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Authorities in Thailand say a tourist that was apparently trampled by elephants is a recent college graduate from upstate New York, who loved animals. On Friday the US State Department identified the woman as 24-year-old Lily Glidden, of Freeville, a small village near Ithaca, New York. The woman’s body was found by Thai park rangers… Read more »

Kabul Restaurant Bombing Leaves 21 Dead Including Americans, UN, IMF Staff

Kabul restaurant bombing leaves 21 dead, including Americans

A bombing in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, left 21 people dead including foreigners on Friday, the US Embassy announced Saturday. Two American college employees were among the dead in the bombing and gun fire attack. A suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance of a popular Lebanese restaurant, frequented by foreigners, in Kabul on… Read more »

Dukezong, Ancient Tibetan Town, Destroyed By Fire After 10-Hour Blaze

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Dukezong, a popular tourist destination in southwest China, has been destroyed by a fire that blazed for over 10 hours. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, and hundreds of homes were burned to the ground, which lead to 2,600 people being evacuated from the region. Dukezong is located in Shangri-La, in the Yunnan Province, and… Read more »

Fall Of Fallujah, ‘A Tough Pill To Swallow’ For US Veterans

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The fall of Fallujah, the city the US fought so hard to free, has been a tough thing to witness for veterans and family members of those killed. The soldiers that risked their lives fighting for the Anbar province strategic city are questioning what they were fighting for nearly 10 years ago, in 2004. The… Read more »

Korean Baby Box To Rescue Orphans Considered Illegal [Video]

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Lee Jong-rak is a pastor in South Korea who also runs an orphanage for physically and mentally disabled children. This would not be especially note worthy considering there are pastors all around the world running orphanages, but Pastor Lee takes a different approach. He takes in abandoned infants through what is now known as the… Read more »

Over 350 People Fall Sick In Japan Due To Tainted Food

350 Fall Ill Due To Japan Tainted Food

Tainted food is being blamed for causing over 350 people to fall ill throughout Japan. According to ABC News, frozen food products that may have been tainted with a pesticide is believed to have caused so many people to fall ill across the country. The Los Angeles Times reported that the pesticide malathion is to… Read more »