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Thousands in China mosque standoff over demolition plan

Aug 10, 2018

Thousands of Muslims have gathered at a mosque in northwestern China to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government's efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced

Japan queries all medical schools on gender discrimination

Aug 10, 2018

The Japanese government has launched an investigation into whether the nation's medical schools have discriminated against female applicants, following revelations that one had done so for more than a decade

Rebuilding mosques priority for devout on quake-hit Lombok

Aug 10, 2018

On Indonesia's earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is rebuilding the collapsed mosques that were the heart of their communities

Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

Aug 10, 2018

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has formally registered as a candidate in 2019 elections and has chosen a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate

2 dead as rescue chopper with 9 crashes in central Japan

Aug 10, 2018

At least two people have been confirmed dead after a Japanese search and rescue helicopter with nine people aboard crashed in central Japan mountains hours after it lost contact

China auto sales down 5.3 percent as SUV demand sags

Aug 10, 2018

China auto sales down 5.3 percent in July, adding to signs of economic malaise amid tariff battle with Washington

South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally

Aug 10, 2018

SKorea seeking prosecutions for alleged illegal imports of NKorean coal, pig iron

Japan's economy rebounds as consumers, companies spend more

Aug 10, 2018

Japan economy resumes expansion in 2Q as consumers and businesses step up spending

Asian shares slip despite upbeat Japanese economic data

Aug 10, 2018

Shares fall in Asia despite upbeat Japanese data showing economy resumed expansion in the last quarter

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

Aug 10, 2018

The Koreas will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams