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Peppa Pig attracts censors in China

A cherubic British cartoon character has become an unlikely target of China’s censors as fans use her porcine likeness in rap videos and “gangster” tattoos. Read More

Japan’s Shinzo Abe seeks support for constitutional revision

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wants Japan’s Self-Defense Force to be officially recognized by the constitution as the country’s military. Opponents say the revision could expand Japan’s military role beyond current limits. Read More

South Korea dismantles propaganda loudspeakers at border

Updated on  April 30, 2018 at 9:50 pm
South Korea on Tuesday dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare anti-Pyongyang broadcasts and K-pop songs from its border with North Korea, as the South’s president asked the United Nations to observe the North’s planned closing of its nuclear testing site. Read More

Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges alleging he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, a magistrate ruled Tuesday. Read More

Filipinos march to the presidential palace to mark May Day

Thousands of workers and activists have marched to the Philippines’ presidential palace to demand the government address labor issues, as workers around the world stage May Day rallies. Read More

White House delays tariffs on European Union, Canada, Mexico

Updated on  April 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm
The White House said today it would postpone a decision on imposing tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico for 30 days. Read More

Twin bombings in Afghanistan kill 25, including 9 reporters

Updated on  April 30, 2018 at 10:51 am
Two Islamic State suicide bombers struck in Afghanistan’s capital today, killing 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack. Read More

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. military says an American soldier was killed and another wounded during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan. Read More
Updated on  April 30, 2018 at 10:44 am

Before caravan tries to seek asylum, U.S. says border crossing is full

Updated on  April 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm
A group of Central Americans who journeyed to the U.S. border in a caravan resolved to turn themselves in and ask for asylum today in a direct challenge to the Trump administration — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already at capacity. Read More

North Korea’s Kim says he’ll give up nukes if U.S. vows not to attack

Updated on  April 29, 2018 at 6:04 am
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that his country would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North. Read More

North Korea to close nuke test site in May, unify time zone

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to shut down the country’s nuclear test site in May and open the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul’s presidential office said Sunday. Read More

Toddler whose parents fought to maintain life support dies

Updated on  April 28, 2018 at 11:41 am
Alfie Evans, a British toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a legal battle to keep him on life support at a Vatican hospital, was mourned with balloons set free in the sky and prayers from the pope after he died today weeks shy of his second birthday. Read More

Summit offers rare insight into Kim Jong Un

A day after the leaders of the two Koreas met for a summit along their shared border, the emotional, memorable, even funny scenes from their time together are both a bitter reminder of the countries’ seven decades of division and an insight into the mysterious character of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Read More

North Korea glorifies summit with South; analysts less sure

Updated on  April 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm
North Korea’s state media on Saturday trumpeted leader Kim Jong Un’s “immortal achievement” a day after he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and repeated past vows to remove nuclear weapons from the peninsula and work toward a formal end to the Korean War. Read More

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence

China said Wednesday that it is prepared to take further steps to counter perceived moves by self-ruling Taiwan toward formal independence following recent war games aimed at intimidating the island’s leaders. Read More