Six jailed in Vietnam for killing, eating endangered monkey

AFP 12/28/2018

SIX men were arrested in central Vietnam for killing and eating an endangered monkey while livestreaming it on a social media site, police said Friday. The trafficking and consumption of rare and endangered species is widespread in…

2018 a big year for legal pot

AP 12/27/2018

Portland, Oregon — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the…

Thai authorities recover bodies of Korean tourists

AP 12/27/2018

BANGKOK — Authorities in northern Thailand recovered on Thursday the second of two South Korean tourists who died after the golf cart they were riding fell into a river on Tuesday. Phitsanulok province Governor Pipat Ekpapan announced…

Rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck towns

AFP 12/26/2018

Indonesian search and rescue teams Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. But torrential rains hampered their efforts…

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

AFP 12/26/2018

JAPAN said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia. The announcement comes after Japan failed earlier this year to…

Britain bans puppy and kitten sales by pet shops

AFP 12/26/2018

BRITAIN is forbidding puppies and kittens from being sold by pet shops in a bid to crack down on animal exploitation and abuse. The government said it will roll out the legislation next year after holding public…

At least 20 killed, 165 wounded after tsunami hits Indonesia

AP 12/23/2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Government officials say that at least 20 people were killed after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, the BBC reports. The national disaster management agency says 165 people were hurt and…

No deal: US gov’t shutdown begins

AP 12/22/2018

WASHINGTON — A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the…

With eye on China, Japan unveils record defense budget

AFP 12/21/2018

Tokyo – Japan’s defense budget will swell to a record $47 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said Friday, as Tokyo beefs up its missile defense and deploys stealth jets in a bid to counter…

13 killed in Czech Republic black coal mine fire

AFP 12/21/2018

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Thirteen miners died and 10 were injured after a fire caused by burning methane erupted in a black coal mine in the east of the Czech Republic, a spokesman said Friday. “In total…

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