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People attend a wedding ceremony as Taal Volcano sends out a column of ash in the background in Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines, in this image obtained from social media.
So far no one has been reported killed in the eruption, but the disaster is spotlighting the longstanding dilemma of how the government can move settlements away from danger zones
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:39
Report: China Undermining Human Rights System Worldwide
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China is using its economic and diplomatic clout to silence critics and undermine human rights systems abroad
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:59
Vietnamese merchants in Ho Chi Minh City are waiting for business, and for the economy, to pick up, Jul. 18, 2013. (VOA - L. Hoang)
Strength in manufacturing, lack of a trade dispute with the United States and a rising consumer class would help raise the Southeast Asian country’s GDP
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:44
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a…
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Democratic frontrunner criticizes Trump’s North Korea policy
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:16
President Donald Trump signs a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House.
The agreement, while an initial step, resolves some issues in a massive trade war between the world's two largest economies
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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:09
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have tried for years without success to be allowed into the lucrative Chinese market
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:59
FILE - A cargo truck drives amid stacked shipping containers at the Yangshan port in Shanghai, China, March 29, 2018.
Although tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of two-way trade will remain in place, likely at least until after President Donald Trump faces reelection in November, some of the uncertainty will go away
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:38
In this Dec. 3, 2018, photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences are seen around a facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region.
'This is the most severe period of repression that we have seen in decades in China,' said Kenneth Roth, HRW executive director
Margaret Besheer
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:30
The U.S. Treasury Department building at dusk,  June 6, 2019, in Washington.
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says, "The exportation of North Korean workers raises illicit revenue for the government of North Korea in violation of UN sanctions"
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 15:14
FILE - Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, left, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo wave at photographers during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor, Indonesia, July 24, 2019.
Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be 'an honor to play a role in the development of the largest Muslim-majority country,' Indonesian Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said in a statement
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:01
Malaysia's government looks increasingly likely to miss a promised mid-2020 leadership transfer from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to coalition partner Anwar Ibrahim, raising fears of a succession scuffle that could split an already fragile alliance and cost it the next election.
Malaysia's government looks increasingly likely to miss promised mid-2020 leadership transfer, raising fears of succession scuffle that could split already fragile alliance
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:34
A South Korean marine passes by a TV screen showing file footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, April 18, 2018.
Moon hints at forging ahead independently with N. Korea ties
William Gallo
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 05:48
A man walks on a road covered with ashes from the erupting Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, Jan. 13, 2020.
More than 30,000 residents evacuated from immediate vicinity of Taal volcano as seismologists warn of more destructive eruption
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 04:52
People watch a TV screen showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during…
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Going forward, the personal relationship between the US president and his N. Korean counterpart will have no bearing on Pyongyang’s policy toward Washington, said experts
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Tue, 01/14/2020 - 03:29
Incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters after her election victory at a rally, outside the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters, in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 11, 2020.
Taiwan’s top representative in Washington tells VOA he is “optimistic but … realistic” about the future of U.S.-Taiwan relations
Natalie Liu
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:52