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Robot, possible divers to probe sunken tanker

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BEIJING — China is preparing to send a robot submarine possibly followed by divers to explore and plug holes in a sunken Iranian tanker whose 32 crew members are all believed to have died, the Transport Ministry said Wednesday. No timeline was given from the deployment, although the Shanghai Maritime …

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Asian nation bans women from buying alcohol

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COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday. The decision came nearly a week after the finance minister revoked …

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Chinese-American journalist says wife kidnapped by China

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BEIJING — A Chinese-American journalist who extensively interviewed an exiled businessman says his wife has been kidnapped and held for months by Chinese security forces, adding a subplot to the high-stakes drama that has transfixed followers of Chinese politics. Chen Xiaoping, a New York-based editor at Chinese-language Mirror Media Group, …

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China accuses U.S. of "Cold War thinking" with N. Korea summit

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BEIJING — China on Wednesday said “Cold War thinking” was behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman …

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Politician's murder stokes fear of instability in Balkans

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MITROVICA — People in a northern Kosovo town paid their respects on Wednesday to the Serb politician who was gunned down in an attack that has raised fears of instability in the Balkans. Hundreds lighted candles outside the headquarters of Oliver Ivanovic’s political party in Mitrovica, where unknown attackers opened …

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