China tells US to stop aircraft surveillance over South China Sea

(From agencies) China's military rejected U.S. claims on China's "unsafe" intercept of an American Navy reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, and demanded the U.S. ends such action. Yang Yujun, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference that China's aircraft acted professionally and in line with a China-U.S. encounter safety code agreed by both sides last year. America's ...
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China finance ministry: Government debt risk under control

Local governments' ability to repay creditors has declined, but debt-to-GDP ratio was well below international warning levels, a statement said (From Caixin Online) Overall risks associated with public debt are "controllable", and there is room on the government's balance sheet to borrow ...
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US economic growth revised higher in first quarter; profits rebound

(From Reuters) U.S. economic growth slowed in the first quarter although not as sharply as initially thought, as a surge in home building and steady inventory accumulation partially offset the impact of modest consumer spending and soft business investment. Gross domestic product ...
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Chinese fintech startups receive $2.4 billion from VC firms

Now that the Chinese stock market is falling to levels last see a year and a half ago, one fertile area for Chinese venture capitalists (VC) and others is investing in local financial technology (fintech) startups. This has driven total ...
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Alibaba shares recover after diving 9% on SEC probe news

Shares of Alibaba Group Holdings recovered Thursday after plunging almost 9% on Wednesday to trade below two critical technical support areas. Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma On Wednesday, the Chinese e-commerce company disclosed it is being investigated by the US ...
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to Iturup island, one of the Kurils, in August 2015

Russia announces ‘unprecedented’ military upgrade on disputed Kurils

(From AFP) Russia's defense ministry said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military facilities on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan. Russian ...
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Honorary guards place wreaths on a memorial monument during a ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing

China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

(From AFP) China said on Friday that Japan's World War II violence is more worthy of remembrance than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, ahead of a ...
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President Barack Obama lays a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima May 27

Obama visits Hiroshima to ponder ‘terrible force unleashed’

(From Reuters) Barack Obama became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday, laying a wreath at the site of the world's first atomic ...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Ise-Jingu Shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture on May 26

Japanese swoon over Canada’s ‘hunky PM’ Trudeau

(From AFP) From the country that gave the world "Bieber Fever," Canada's "other Justin" -- heartthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- has made quite a splash ...
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Firefighters work on a Korean Air jet sitting on the white foam-covered tarmac following an engine fire at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Tokyo, Friday, May 27, 2016. The engine fire broke out on the Korean Air jet about to take off from the airport on Friday, and some people may have been injured, an airport official said. Firefighters put out the blaze within the hour, and all passengers and crew were evacuated. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Dramatic runway rescue: Korean Air jet catches fire before take-off in Tokyo

(From AP) An engine fire broke out on a Korean Air jet about to take off from a Tokyo airport Friday, and seven people may have ...
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Vietnamese soldiers march during a military parade in Hanoi

Elite US, Vietnam forces eye deeper ties after Obama’s historic Hanoi visit

(From Reuters) Special operations forces from the United States and Vietnam are signaling a readiness to start forging ties should their governments choose to do so, ...
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Twilight heartthrob Kristen Stewart stunned the world with her spectacular eye make-up at Cannes. While many thought Stewart was setting a new trend by sporting a bold red eyeshadow completely rimming her eyes, in reality this makeup technique has been in ... Read More
(From CNA) More than 80% of workers in Taiwan think that an advanced degree does not guarantee a good job, the online job bank yes123 said Tuesday, citing a poll it conducted recently. The value of postgraduate degrees is depreciating in ... Read More
(From AFP) China have slammed the Olympic door shut on women's table tennis world number one Liu Shiwen, saying she's too inconsistent for the Rio Games. Liu Shiwen is the women's world number one in table tennis but will not be ... Read More
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With the growing popularity of Asian cuisine, people have been using chopsticks a lot. Some health-conscious foodies even carry their own chopsticks when dining out, as cleanliness of chopsticks is frequently neglected during meals at eateries. Some restaurants, on the other hand, ... Read More
(From The Independent) Although making the phone is an impressive feat in the first place, it might not be as good as it looks in the promotional pictures. The first version will have a black and white screen, which is easier to ... Read More