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January, 20, 2017

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Taiwan shifts from pollution victim to perpetrator
In April 2016, a high court rejected an appeal to increase the fine against the Radio Company of America (RCA), imposed on the firm after it caused one of the worst industrial pollution disasters in Taiwan's history 24 years earlier.
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S. Korea monk self-immolates over sex slave deal
A South Korean Buddhist monk is in critical condition after setting himself on fire to protest the country's settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves, officials said Sunday.
 
Kim's birthday a low-key affair in North Korea
North Korea marked Kim Jong Un's birthday on Sunday in a decidedly low-key manner.
 
Endangered turtle given makeover by overeager Filipino volunteers
Apparently unaware of the standard operating procedures in tagging endangered species, newbie volunteers were apprehended after they painted the carapace of a rescued sea turtle.
 
Pakistan's textile industry crippled by energy crisis
As Pakistan slowly emerges from a long-term power crisis, its once booming textile sector is scrambling to find its feet -- but high energy costs and a decade lost to competitors mean recovery is far from assured.
 
Philippine police raided an Islamic center in Manila and briefly detained scores of people as part of heightened security before a major Catholic festival, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 
A brisk start
Japanese bathers pray for a healthy 2017 while dipping in a cold-water tub with blocks of ice at a park adjacent to Teppozu Inari Shinto Shrine during a winter ritual in Tokyo, Sunday, Jan. 8. About 100 people gathered for the mid-winter event.
 
US scolds Myanmar over violence
Abuses appear "normal and allowed" in Myanmar's response to an armed uprising by Rohingya Muslims, a senior U.S. official said in an interview, casting a pall over one of President Barack Obama's legacy foreign policy achievements.
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Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes Saturday between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.
 
Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand's flood-ravaged south on Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 12 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.
 
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