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Monsoon rains devastate South Asia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/24/17, 09:11 am

Seasonal monsoon rains in South Asia have triggered floods resulting in the deaths of more than 950 people and adversely affecting nearly 40 million residents, authorities said Thursday. The extremely heavy rainfall in northern India, northern Bangladesh, and southern Nepal has caused landslides and washed away thousands of homes. The South Asia monsoon season runs from June to September, and authorities say the death toll could rise as the waters begin to recede.

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North Korea boasts of missile test

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/04/17, 08:33 am

North Korea says it has tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, but U.S. and South Korean officials dispute the claim. The U.S. Department of Defense said it detected a land-based, intermediate range missile launched from North Korea into the Sea of Japan early Tuesday. After the launch, President Donald Trump criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter, saying, “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” Trump also urged China to pressure North Korea to stop working to develop a missile capable of reaching the United States.

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Associated Press/Photo by Chiang Ying-ying

Taiwanese court moves to redefine marriage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/24/17, 10:04 am

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court today became the first in Asia to rule in favor of same-sex marriage. Two of the court’s 15 justices dissented, while one other judge recused himself from the case. The court gave the Taiwanese government two years to implement the ruling. It said the current civil code, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, is in violation of Taiwan’s constitution. The island’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party in December passed the first draft of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

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