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Asians vs. Affirmative Action

Merit should trump minority according to Asian-Americans who continue the fight against race-based entitlements in the US.

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Is our aid being wasted on ‘fragile states’?

We save our aid for the worst basket cases. But some unpalatable regimes (hello, Uganda) and their strongmen are gaming the system

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The Best of Hobby Lobby Versus the Supreme Court's Women

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Hobby Lobby went to the Supreme Court yesterday as part of the craft company’s ongoing quest to deny its female employees Affordable-Care-Act-mandated birth-control coverage. And the women on the bench were, as my mother would say, Not Impressed.Read more…

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Canada reels from corruption scandals

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Canada, among the 10 least corrupt countries in the world the past six years, according to rankings by Transparency International, is mired in scandals. Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption task force on Monday over fraud allegations, adding to controversies rocking political circles in Toronto and Ottawa that have taken the shine off Canada’s image as a squeaky-clean nation. Applebaum quit on Tuesday, saying he plans to focus on defending himself against the “unfounded” accusations. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Wealthy parents could pay price when offspring divorce

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In the affluent sector of our community, many wealthy parents provide financial assistance to their adult children, ranging from the purchase of properties to providing continuous generous financial support. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Young couple the first to get right to buy discounted second-hand HOS flats

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Avan Tsar was lucky enough to be among 5,000 people chosen to be allowed to buy a second-hand Home Ownership Scheme flat at a discount. But the 35-year-old was even luckier to have won the chance to buy one of 988 new flats in another subsidised housing project in Tsing Yi, the Greenview Villa. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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North invites South Korea managers to Kaesong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North Korea said on Tuesday it would allow South Korean businessmen to visit their plants in a shuttered joint economic zone, but declined Seoul’s offer of official working-level talks on the complex. The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), which handles ties with the South, said it had approved a trip by Seoul businessmen to the Kaesong complex and would guarantee their safety. Operations at Kaesong ground to a halt after the North pulled all its workers out in early April amid soaring military tensions with Seoul. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Malaysia boat capsizes, 21 missing

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Twenty-one people were missing after an overloaded boat carrying an estimated 100 passengers capsized on Tuesday in a remote Malaysian jungle river, police and a local official said. The accident occurred on Malaysia’s longest river, the Rajang, which flows from deep in the rugged interior of Borneo island in the state of Sarawak, said Bakar Anak Sebau, police chief of the remote town of Belaga. “An express boat carrying about 100 people has capsized in a swift-flowing river. I believe there were women and children onboard,” he said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Fire on Royal Caribbean cruise ship cuts short Bahamas trip

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced it to dock at Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday, with all passengers and crew safe but the rest of the trip cancelled, the cruise company reported. Grandeur of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, was on a seven-night trip that left Baltimore on Friday. The 280-metre ship was en route to CocoCay, Bahamas, when a fire occurred in its mooring area early on Monday, the company said in a statement. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Japan vows to tighten nuclear safety after accident

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Japan is pledging tighter nuclear safety after an accident at an atomic research facility exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation, though none were injured. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura, whose agency oversees such research, said on Tuesday the government will tighten oversight of such research. He criticized a “low level of safety awareness” at the facility in Tokaimura, north of Tokyo. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority had rated last week’s accident as “Level 1,” or third from the lowest level on a 9-level international scale. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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White House security adviser Tom Donilon calls for deeper China military ties

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The United States called for deeper military ties with China on Tuesday, including working closer together in areas like peacekeeping, fighting piracy and disaster relief, despite growing tensions between the two on a range of security issues. White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon made the remarks at a meeting with senior Chinese military leader Fan Changlong, two weeks ahead of a summit between the US and Chinese presidents in California. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bill Gates hopeful of more aid from China

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The world’s richest man Bill Gates on Tuesday urged China to become a bigger player in foreign development following its success in lifting millions of its own people out of poverty. Speaking in Australia, where the Microsoft co-founder met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Gates said the Asian powerhouse was already giving foreign aid but there were “very little facts and figures” on how much. “I am hopeful that Chinese aid, both in terms of the quality of the aid and the quantity of the aid, will continue to increase,” he told a lunch address in Canberra. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cambodia PM seeks law to punish Khmer Rouge denial

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Cambodian prime minister said he wants a law to punish people who deny that atrocities occurred during the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, apparently trying to link his political opponents to the widely despised movement. Hun Sen’s appeal to Parliament on Monday comes ahead of a July 28 election his Cambodian People’s Party is expected to win by a landslide. Hun Sen has been campaigning aggressively and has suggested several times that an opposition victory would be akin to bringing back the Khmer Rouge, even though there is no connection between the two. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Malaysian police say unknown number of passengers missing after overloaded ferry capsizes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say unknown number of passengers missing after overloaded ferry capsizes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Japan, China are world’s top creditors

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Japan kept its position as the world’s largest creditor nation for the 22nd straight year last year, government data showed Tuesday, as the dollar’s gains helped inflate the value of overseas assets. Tokyo was followed by mainland China and Germany in third place in the ranking, which reflects the difference between the value of assets held abroad, including foreign debt and property, minus a nation’s liabilities, such as foreign purchases of its own debt and domestic assets. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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France to probe samples from Syria for sign of chemical arms

<!– google_ad_section_start –> French authorities will analyse samples brought back from Syria by two journalists after they reported the Syrian army was using chemical weapons against rebel forces, a top official said on Tuesday. There have been mounting reports of the use of chemical arms in Syria, where a bloody conflict has raged for over two years and claimed more than 94,000 lives amid reports of widespread rights violations. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Arms exports not a ‘bad thing but important’ for China diplomacy, says defence contractor

<!– google_ad_section_start –> China’s defence exports are an important part of the nation’s foreign policy, the man at the helm of one of China’s biggest defence contractors said in a rare statement about the company’s secretive trade. Chen Hongsheng, chairman of Poly Group, spoke to the Chinese business magazine Talent for its upcoming June edition.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Changsha gay parade inspires war veteran to appeal 1969 male rape conviction

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Inspired by gay rights activists, a war veteran from Hunan has said he wants to clear his name more than 40 years after he was convicted of raping 11 men, a crime he said he did not commit.  The 81-year-old man, surnamed Li, told the South China Morning Post that he has returned to the thought of seeking justice several times in the past years, but legal fees and potential media attention had given the retiree pause.  <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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