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Special Report - Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards ignored

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FORT BENNING, Georgia Army Colonel J. Cale Brown put his life on the line in two tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning a pair of Bronze Stars for his service. In between those deployments, Brown received orders to report to Fort Benning, the sprawling Georgia base that proudly describes itself as the century-old home of the U.S. infantry. | Video

Special Report - Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.

15 Aug 2018

China's student activists cast rare light on brewing labour unrest

SHENZHEN, China When Shen Mengyu graduated with a master's degree from a top Chinese university in 2015, she could have landed a comfortable job in government or at one of China's internet giants. | Video

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From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly

BEIJING Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was travelling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.

14 Aug 2018

Japan's Akihito pushed imperial boundaries to reach out to Asia

TOKYO When Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stood, heads bowed, at a seaside cliff on Saipan 60 years after a bloody World War Two battle, their silent prayers conveyed a message many felt resonated louder than words.

14 Aug 2018

Empty shipyard and suicides as 'Hyundai Town' grapples with grim future

ULSAN, South Korea When Lee Dong-hee came to Ulsan to work for Hyundai Heavy Industries five years ago, shipyards in the city known as Hyundai Town operated day and night and workers could make triple South Korea's annual average salary. | Video

13 Aug 2018

Israel seeks early re-tender of mining rights to shore up Dead Sea

EIN BOKEK, Israel The Dead Sea is shrinking at the rate of about a meter a year, leaving behind deserted beaches and sinkholes in a slow-motion environmental disaster. | Video

12 Aug 2018

Beijing struggles to defuse anger over China's P2P lending crisis

BEIJING Peter Wang was asleep at his home in Beijing last Monday when police officers arrived before dawn to detain him, saying he had helped organise a protest planned for later that day. | Video

13 Aug 2018

GM squeezes pounds and pennies to attack Ford's pickup profit machine

FORT WAYNE, Ind. When General Motors Co engineers were developing the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, some of them joined public tours of Ford Motor Co's Dearborn, Michigan factory to watch aluminum-bodied F-series trucks go down the assembly line. | Video

09 Aug 2018

Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering - a crop with "edited" DNA.

10 Aug 2018
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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies

NEW DELHI Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.