Asia
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India tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/18/18, 11:05 am

India test-fired a long-range, nuclear-capable missile Thursday from an island in the Bay of Bengal. The test, the fifth of its kind, “further strengthens our credible deterrence,” the Indian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The country has been developing its nuclear and missile systems in recent years to respond to perceived threats from China. Tension flared last year between the two neighbors over a disputed section of their border in the Himalayas. Already, India can strike at any target inside neighboring Pakistan, its archrival.

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Pro-democracy activist sentenced in Hong Kong

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/17/18, 11:39 am

A Hong Kong court on Wednesday sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in prison on contempt charges. The prison sentence is Wong’s second over his role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a court order to leave a protest camp blocking a main road during the 79-day pro-democracy demonstration. High Court Judge Andrew Chan described Wong’s role in the protests as deep and extensive. “In view of his overall involvement, I am of the view that the only appropriate punishment for Mr.

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A powerful typhoon that killed hundreds in the Philippines over the weekend weakened to a tropical depression on Tuesday and failed to make an expected landfall in Vietnam. Weather forecasters had warned that Typhoon Tembin could hit Vietnam’s vulnerable Mekong Delta region. The country’s disaster prevention committee on Monday evacuated approximately 74,000 people and shut down schools in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), Vietnam’s largest city.

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