South East Asia

Afghanistan Hit By Surge Of Targeted Killings, Assassinations

A surge of targeted killings and assassinations has swept Afghanistan, where violence has soared despite peace efforts aimed at ending the war. Many of those being targeted are civilians — journalists, rights activists, cultural figures, moderate religious leaders, and women in public roles.

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China Hits Out at Pompeo Over Comments on Taiwan

China hit out on Friday at comments from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said the democratic island of Taiwan wasn’t a part of China, vowing to strike back at any attempts to harm its interests, while Taipei welcomed the top American diplomat’s support.

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New Law Would Let China Coast Guard Use Weapons in South China Sea

China’s Central Military Commission, which oversees the country’s armed forces, first proposed the law in late September. A draft text was subsequently released by China’s legislative body, the National People’s Congress, on Wednesday, as first reported by the National People’s Congress Observer website. The measure is open for public comment …

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