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    FILE - South Korean owners who run factories in the suspended inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex, attend an emergency meeting held by the council of South Korean companies operating in the industrial park, in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2016.

    South Korean Companies Appeal to Save Kaesong Complex

    Facility not expected to reopen, say experts, who estimate move could cost firms $1.6 billion; Seoul announced plan Friday to provide financial assistance 

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    Azerbaijan Arrests 8 Men Accused of Joining IS

    Azeri nationals went to IS training camps in 2012-15, fought in Syria, National Security Ministry says 

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, left, talks with the committee's ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 7, 2016.

    US Congress Hits North Korean Leadership with Tough Sanctions

    Legislation targets money launderers, human rights abusers, weapons traders and nuclear weapons personnel 

    FILE - Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi gives a speech at a cricket tournament near Forward Operating Base Wright, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 02, 2010.

    Former Top Afghan Official Kidnapped in Pakistan, Officials Say

    Sayed Fazlullah Waheedi reportedly was visiting Islamabad with his family when he was abducted Friday; no one has claimed responsibility for disappearance 

    FILE - Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry gestures during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 8, 2015.

    Pakistan Denies Claims of Boosting Nuclear Arsenal

    Official dismisses reports its nuclear arsenal program is world’s fastest growing, repeats demand country be inducted into club of nuclear trading nations 


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    'Mother And Father Sold Me' -- Afghan Children Reveal 'Heartbreak' Of Human Traffickingi
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    February 12, 2016 2:03 PM
    They are young, vulnerable, and preyed upon by human traffickers. Each year dozens of children in Afghanistan are sold into slavery or even worse fates. Their families, usually very poor, hand them over to smugglers in exchange for the promise of cash. Some kids are even groomed as suicide bombers for the Taliban. RFE/RL spoke to two children who escaped from the clutches of the traffickers. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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    Video 'Mother And Father Sold Me' -- Afghan Children Reveal 'Heartbreak' Of Human Trafficking

    They are young, vulnerable, and preyed upon by human traffickers. Each year dozens of children in Afghanistan are sold into slavery or even worse fates. Their families, usually very poor, hand them over to smugglers in exchange for the promise of cash. Some kids are even groomed as suicide bombers for the Taliban. RFE/RL spoke to two children who escaped from the clutches of the traffickers. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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    Video Trade, Security on Agenda as US Hosts ASEAN Leaders

    Trade and Pacific security will be on the agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama meets next week in California with leaders of 10-member states of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that U.S. officials say the meeting is part of an American rebalancing to the Asia Pacific region.
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    Video New Yorkers Celebrate Chinese New Year

    All week, a quarter of the world’s population is celebrating the Chinese New Year, which marks the start of the year on China's lunar calendar. In New York, the mayor declared a public school holiday to observe the occasion — a development in sharp contrast with how the Chinese-American community has been treated in the U.S. in the past. With VOA's Ramon Taylor narrating, Victoria Kupchinetsky reports.
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    Video Cambodia Aims Higher in Manufacturing Sector

    After decades of solid growth driven by its garment industry, Cambodia is seeking to shift it’s economy into more sophisticated light manufacturing, such as electronics and auto-parts.  Most of these manufacturers are Japanese and they are slowing coming online in Cambodia’s special economic zones, aiming to establish another hub in the regional supply chain. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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    Video World Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

    The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's Sunday rocket launch. In a statement issued hours after the launch, the 15-member body said it would quickly follow up with a sanctions resolution in response to Pyongyang's "dangerous and serious violations." The statement was adopted during an emergency meeting after North Korea announced that it had put a satellite into orbit with a rocket launch.
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    Video Rocket Launch Boosts Push for New US Sanctions on North Korea

    North Korea’s rocket launch adds to Washington’s concerns about Pyongyang’s nuclear program and military ambitions. Congressional passage of tougher sanctions on North Korea could be expedited this week on Capitol Hill
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    Video Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flour

    Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years.
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    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
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    Video 12 Pacific Rim Countries Sign TPP Trade Deal, But Roadblocks Remain

    Twelve Pacific Rim countries have set the stage for what may become the world’s largest trading bloc. After more than five years of negotiations, ministers from those countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement Thursday. But as Mil Arcega reports, the landmark free trade deal faces more roadblocks before it becomes a done deal.
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    Video Young Afghan Messi Fan Becomes Internet Celebrity

    A 5-year-old Afghan boy has attracted worldwide attention after a photo appeared online showing him in a T-shirt made from a plastic bag bearing the name of his favorite football (soccer) star Lionel Messi. Afghan football officials are now in touch with Messi's charitable foundation to try to arrange a meeting between Argentina's superstar player and his young fan. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video VOA Exclusive: Pakistan's Imran Khan Urges Taliban to Negotiate

    Pakistan’s former cricket star-turned-politician, Imran Khan, is urging Afghanistan’s Taliban to negotiate a peaceful resolution to its conflict with the Kabul government.
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    Video Serious Security Lapses Plagued Pakistani University Before Attack

    Last week's attack on a Pakistan university that left 21 people dead was preceded by serious security lapses, sources both inside and beyond the campus tell VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem. She reports from Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.
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    Video Iraqi Refugee Family Finds Success with Cambodia Restaurant

    Instead of fleeing to neighboring countries or heading to Europe, like many other Iraqis, the Fahram family made the unusual decision to make a new life for themselves in Cambodia. Today, together with his wife Muna and his five sons,  Hashim Fahram runs the Taste of Middle East in Phnom Penh. Marta Kasztelan has this report.
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    Video HRW Report: Politics of Fear Threatens Human Rights

    Governments are using the politics of fear to roll back human rights. That is how Human Rights Watch describes the current situation around the world in its newly released: World Report 2016. The organization warns dissent is being crushed and rights curtailed by both authoritarian and democratic governments. Alberto Pimienta has more.
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    Video Delhi Begins to Confront its Air Pollution Crisis

    As worsening levels of air pollution in the Indian capital impact the health of citizens, New Delhi has begun taking steps to tackle the menace. But as Anjana Pasricha reports, experts are urging long-term action to clean up what the World Health Organization says is the world’s dirtiest air.

    Journey 1945

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, VOA presents a documentary exploring the often overlooked battle for China.

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    Indonesia Bans 'Gay' Emojis

    One instant messenger provider, LINE, has already removed the emojis

    US Deploys Additional Defensive Patriot Missile System in South Korea

    Washington and Seoul formally announced last week they intend to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense missile system, known as THAAD, in South Korea at the earliest possible date

    Coke Suspends Bottling at Plant at Center of Water Dispute

    Due to dwindling groundwater reserves in India, Coca-Cola is suspending bottling at three plants to avert a crisis; India is heavily reliant on its erratic monsoon rains for recharging rivers and underground aquifers, and parts of the country suffer regularly from drought

    Southern Thailand Violence Raises Fears of Insurgent Escalation

    Insurgency in largely Muslim-populated region, has claimed over 6,200 lives, defying official efforts to end bloodshed

    How Impoverished but Nuclear-Armed North Korea Earns Money

    With closure Kaeson factory park, North is losing a rare source of legitimate hard currency, but it maintains other external sources of income

    Pakistan Dismantles Al-Qaida’s Main Regional Network

    Military spokesman says 97 militants arrested including deputy chief of al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), 12 of group’s financiers and 15 explosives experts

    Pakistani Intelligence Arrests Nearly 100 Militants

    Officials say the militants belonged to different groups - Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and the local al-Qaida affiliate

    Taiwan Holds Memorial for Earthquake Victims as Death Toll Rises

    The official death toll is now 93; The ceremony took place on the seventh day after the disaster, a special day of mourning in Chinese tradition
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