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Police seize 345,000 used condoms that were sold as new

September 24, 2020

Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new, state media reported.

Japanese giant Gundam robot shows off its moves

September 23, 2020

A giant robot based on a character from a classic anime series has undergone testing in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

Pakistani court rules deadly 2012 blaze was arson, sentences two to death

September 23, 2020

Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, which killed more than 260 garment factory workers in 2012, was a case of arson and not an accident, a court ruled on Tuesday as it sentenced two former political party activists to death for starting it.

Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping's handling of coronavirus jailed for 18 years

September 22, 2020

A Chinese billionaire who criticized President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been jailed for 18 years on corruption charges, a court said Tuesday.

What it means to be hafu in Japan

September 22, 2020

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Almost 40 Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan Strait median line

September 21, 2020

Taiwan's President has accused Beijing of purposefully inflaming tensions in East Asia, after Chinese warplanes crossed the sensitive median line across the narrow strait that separates the mainland and the self-governing island almost 40 times on Friday and Saturday.

Thousands gather in Bangkok demanding reforms

September 20, 2020

Thousands gathered in Thailand this weekend at a rally calling for reform, which culminated Sunday with a group attempting to march to the Monarch's Privy Council, next to the Royal Palace, to deliver their demands -- an explosive and unprecedented move in a country that reveres the monarchy.

US holds its second high-profile visit to Taiwan in two months as Beijing escalates military pressure

September 17, 2020

A high-profile United States official is visiting Taiwan for the second time in two months, the latest sign of warming ties between Washington and Taipei, as Beijing escalates pressure on the self-governed island through a series of military drills and aircraft incursions.

Indonesians caught without a mask forced to dig graves for Covid-19 victims

September 17, 2020

Villagers who refuse to wear masks are being forced to dig graves for victims of Covid-19 by local authorities in one part of rural Indonesia, in the hopes that a little bit of manual labor and empathy will convince others to do their part to help stop the pandemic.

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