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January, 24, 2017

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Myanmar's 'smiling' dolphins face extinction
Tears fill Maung Lay's eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.
 
SAMSUNG scion faces arrest in scandal
In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president.
 
Tech giant mired in a long rough patch
A request by South Korean prosecutors to arrest Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman and de facto leader of Samsung Electronics, has added to the troubles for the country's most valuable company after a spate of recalls last year.
 
Inside North Korea's blacklisted art factory
"That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the U.S. as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.
 
Pacific 'wave pilot' who kept ancient skills alive dies
One of the Pacific's last traditional navigators, or wave pilots, has died in Majuro, but not before passing many of his skills onto a younger generation of Marshall Islanders.
 
A look at how Trump might shake things up in Asia
Donald Trump has offered views on U.S. relations with Asia that could indicate radical shifts in long-standing policy toward the region. From opposing free trade agreements to confronting China and questioning Japan-South Korea alliances, he appears set to be charting a course far different from previous administrations.
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Cambodia cancels military exercise with US
Cambodia has informed the United States that it is canceling an annual joint military exercise this year, even though planning for the event had already begun, officials from both countries said Monday.
 
Abe says Japan will provide Vietnam patrol vessels
Japan will provide Vietnam new patrol vessels, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday on the last stop of his four-nation tour to boost his country's trade and security engagements in Asia amid China's rising dominance.
 
Prosecutors request arrest of Samsung heir, bribery suspect
Prosecutors requested the arrest Monday of the Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong as a bribery suspect in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president.
 
South Korean prosecutors investigating a major influence-peddling scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye said they would decide Monday whether to arrest the heir to the giant Samsung group over alleged bribery.
 
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