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Explosion Rocks Industrial Zone in Eastern China

HONG KONG — An explosion at a chemical plant shook an industrial zone in eastern China on Thursday afternoon, local news media reported.The blast occurred midafternoon in Xiangshui County in Jiangsu Province. The China Earthquake Administration reported a...

36 Hours: 36 Hours in Hoi An

This ancient town on the Vietnamese coast has charm, history and beauty to spare. It is also budget-friendly, and for foodies, a delight. Source link

New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used...

Rise of First Daughter in Kazakhstan Fuels Talk of Succession

MOSCOW — The oldest daughter of Kazakhstan’s longstanding, autocratic president was elected Parliament speaker on Wednesday, fueling speculation that she would succeed her father as the country’s ruler after elections next year.The appointment of Dariga Nazarbayeva came a...

New Zealand, Lion Air, Mozambique: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. New Zealand begins to bury massacre victims, rescuers scramble to reach flood survivors in Mozambique and Vietnam immortalizes a turtle. Here’s the latest: The first funerals...

Indian Court Acquits Four Men Accused in Deadly 2007 Train Bombing

NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four men accused of involvement in a 2007 train bombing that killed 68 people, most of them Pakistanis, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove a conspiracy.The defendants included...

‘So Heartbreaking’: Funerals Begin for New Zealand Attack Victims

“Throw three handfuls,” Sheikh Amir announced over the loudspeaker, referring to the Muslim tradition of tossing dirt into the grave. “Please, brothers, just use your hands so everyone can participate.”Backhoes had dug the graves; there were 10 rows...

Vietnam Embalms a Sacred Turtle, Lenin-Style

The species, known as Rafetus swinhoei, was once common in northern Vietnam’s Red River Delta but was hunted down in the 1970s and 1980s. Cu Rua’s death left just three known specimens — a couple in a zoo...

Taiwan’s Leader Heads to the South Pacific in a Bid to Fend Off China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, will travel to the South Pacific on Thursday to shore up ties with three island nations that still recognize Taiwan as a country, in an effort to offset China’s expanding influence...

Bombed by ISIS, an Afghan Wrestling Club Is Back: ‘They Can’t Stop Us’

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Maiwand wrestlers are back, with a vengeance.Last September, the Islamic State bombed their gym and killed dozens of them. This year they have rebuilt it, and their vengeance has been to make it bigger,...

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