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Chinese mother charged for $7,000 sale of baby: Xinhua BEIJING: A Chinese mother has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly conspiring with a doctor to sell her baby boy for almost $7,000, media reported Sunday. The mother-in-law of the woman initially notified police in central Henan province that she suspected the child had been sold, a report by state news agency Xinhua said. The woman, who was surnamed Huang, had previously told the family that the baby died soon after birth, said the report, which cites local prosecutors. The woman had a son from a previous marriage and often "quarrelled" with her current husband, Xinhua said. She "was worried that the new baby would affect the life of her first child", it said. A couple paid 42,000 yuan ($6,740) for the child, 7,000 yuan of which went to the obstetrician who helped find the buyers, according to Xinhua. The woman has been charged with human trafficking, other Chinese ...

China facing 'unprecedented' security risks, says Party BEIJING: China is facing "unprecedented national security risks", the ruling Communist Party's top leaders said Friday after a monthly meeting led by General Secretary Xi Jinping.The elite 25-member Politburo said in a statement that "some of the security challenges and risks are unpredictable so the country must always be mindful of potential dangers", according to the official Xinhua news agency.Beijing will protect its national security in "a pattern with Chinese characteristics," it added, without elaborating.China's ...
Widodo calls for calm after arrest of top graft fighter JAKARTA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo urged the national police and the country's most powerful anti-graft agency to avoid "friction" after the arrest of a prominent corruption fighter sparked an outcry on Friday.The shock arrest of Bambang Widjojanto, deputy chief at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), comes about a week after the agency accused a high-ranking police general of corruption, postponing his appointment as the country's new police chief.Hundreds of activists gathered for a noisy protest ...
Iran offers condolences to Saudi after king's death TEHRAN: Iran offered condolences Friday to the people and government of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah and said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would travel to Riyadh.In a statement on its foreign ministry website, Iran said Zarif would represent the Islamic republic at an official ceremony in the Saudi capital on Saturday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
10 missing in boat crash off South Korea SEOUL: Ten crew members are missing after a Chinese fishing boat collided with an unidentified cargo ship off South Korea's southern island of Jeju, coast guards said Friday.The cargo ship fled the scene as the 138-tonne Chinese boat sank in the open sea, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) off the resort island."Ten people are missing and three others were rescued," a Jeju coast guard spokesman told AFP.Three South Korean rescue boats and two Chinese rescue ...
6.8-magnitude quake off Vanuatu, no tsunami threat SYDNEY : A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific nation of Vanuatu Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami threat was detected.The quake hit at a depth of 218 kilometres (135 miles) about 84 kilometres from Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, at 5.31pm local time (0331 GMT), the USGS said.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami. The USGS originally put the magnitude at 6.9.Government agency Geoscience ...
Park names new premier amid falling support SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Friday appointed a new prime minister in an apparent bid to bolster her sagging approval ratings, hit by a scandal involving her aides.Park named Lee Wan-Koo, parliamentary floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, to replace Chung Hong-Won as prime minister, the presidential Blue House said in a press statement.But she retained her embattled chief of presidential staff Kim Ki-Choon, who faces a storm of criticism over the ...

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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