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South Korean court abolishes punishment for extramarital affairs

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It’s time to engage in extra-marital sex without fear of prosecution, South Korea’s constitutional court has ruled, effectively ending a 62-year ban. Condom stocks soared immediately after the ruling. South Korea, until Thursday, was one of the few non-Muslim countries which struggled with the law on this matter. North Korea and Taiwan are among the others. The Constitutional Court believes the... 

Japan demands disputed islands back from South Korea

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Yohei Matsumoto (C), parliamentary vice minister in Japan’s Cabinet Office, arrives at a ceremony to mark “Takeshima Day” in Matsue, Shimane prefecture, February 22, 2015. Tokyo has called for Seoul to return a group of disputed islands in the Sea of Japan that have been controlled by South Korea, amid a territorial row between the two countries. Japan’s Shimane prefectural government designated... 

New nuclear leak detected at Japan Fukushima plant

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The operator of the Japanese tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says sensors have detected a new leak of highly radioactive water into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said on Sunday that the sensors had detected contamination levels of 50 to 70 times more than the already high radioactive rate at the plant, in water pouring into a nearby bay. The sensors, which detected the... 

North Korea holds military drill near South Korea simulating capture

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un The North Korean leader attended battlefield gunnery training near the South Korean border on Friday. The drills took place ahead of the announced US-South Korea joint war games set for March close to North Korea’s border. The exercise simulated the assault and capture of an enemy island, reported the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The drills... 

China fines US tech firm record $975mn over antitrust violations

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US chipmaker Qualcomm has received the largest fine in Chinese corporate history from anti-monopoly regulators who claim the company needed to lower its patent fees as they were “stifling innovation.” China is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer and has fined Qualcomm $975 million (6.088 billion yuan) over unfair market dominance. Qualcomm has now agreed to lower its royalty fees on... 

'3 tons' of smuggled cats from China buried alive in Vietnam

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Thousands of cats smuggled from China have been buried by Vietnamese authorities, many of them reportedly alive, after a truck, which was illegally carrying the cargo to restaurants as feline meat, was intercepted by local authorities. Police said on Wednesday that they had intercepted a truck carrying 3 tons of cats that had been stashed in bamboo baskets the previous week. The truck driver was issued... 

Chinese men aim to import thousands of Russian and Ukrainian women

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China has a serious shortage of women, due to their one child policy, which was adopted following Mao’s retarded “as many children as physically possible” policy. Women, when pregnant with a girl, have tended to abort it so that they will have a son to carry on the family name. Instead of looking inside of Asia for women to import (Southeast Asia has plenty available), China is instead looking... 

Air in 90% of China's cities still unsafe

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Air pollution in China is still incredibly high, 90 percent of its cities stand below the threshold for air safety standards in 2014. The “war on pollution” started a year earlier is having some effect, but hazardous emergencies are still in the hundreds. Only eight of China’s 74 large cities have managed to meet official air safety standards in 2014, according to the Environmental Protection... 

China overtakes US for foreign investment

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China surpasses the US as the top destination for foreign direct investment. China has surpassed the United States as the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), a position held by the US for 11 years, a United Nations organization says. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently published a report showing China had attracted USD 127.6 billion in foreign investment... 

43 die in southern Philippines clashes

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Tens of people have been killed in clashes between police forces and a the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the troubled southern Philippines. Security sources said at least six members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and 37 police officers were killed during a gun battle in the town of Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao, on Sunday. Several police forces and MILF members were... 

Chinese 3D-print 5-story house from waste

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A Chinese company has used 3D printers to create five-story homes using construction waste. The project architects say this is the world’s tallest building constructed using this technology. The new project is the brainchild of Shanghai-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, who also managed to use 3D printing technology to create a 1,100 square meters villa in the Suzhou industrial park... 

Third avian flu virus strain detected in Taiwan

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Agriculture personnel cull geese at a farm in Chiayi county, southern Taiwan, January 11, 2015. A third highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been detected in southern Taiwan. The Taiwan Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said Friday that for the first time in Taiwan avian influenza virus H5N3 has been identified on two goose farms in the southern cities of Kaohsiung... 

China to start exporting domestically-made Volvo cars to US

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A Volvo manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. China is to start exporting domestically-manufactured Volvo sedans to the United States for the first time ever, the company has announced. Volvo Car Group’s president and chief executive officer, Hakan Samuelson, made the announcement at the Detroit auto show on Monday. Samuelson said the shipping of a new S60 model, manufactured in China, to the US... 

Hundreds of homeless die in New Delhi cold snap

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Hundreds of homeless people in New Delhi have died due to a extreme cold snap. Hundreds of people have died in a major cold snap that has struck the Indian capital, New Delhi, as thousands of homeless people struggle to overcome the extreme cold without adequate shelter, Press TV reports. The development came as northern India has been facing one of its coldest winters in decades, which has claimed... 

US sanctions won't create friction within North Korean establishment

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US sanctions against North Korea is an attempt to create friction within the North Korean establishment but the move will not succeed, according to an analyst in Belgrade, Serbia. Joaquin Flores, geostrategist and director at Center for Syncretic Studies, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday. The Obama administration imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday, two weeks... 
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