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Is Asia prepared for Ebola? Crowded cities, poor health care systems worry experts

SINGAPORE—The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveller infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city. How quickly any case is detected—and the measures taken once it is—will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions live in poverty and public health systems are …

Indonesia’s new leader faces early popularity test as he grapples with cutting fuel subsidies

JAKARTA, Indonesia—The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia’s president-elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline almost as cheap as bottled water. Each year the subsidies cost Indonesia billions of dollars that economists agree would be …

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam and China traded accusations Tuesday over who was the aggressor in a clash that led to the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea, sharpening tensions already dangerously high after China moved an oil rig into the disputed waters. Hanoi accused a Chinese vessel of ramming the …

Vietnam clamps down on anti-China protests

Anti-China rioting turns deadly in Vietnam; Taiwanese, Chinese flee http://t.co/eagb5eBa8L pic.twitter.com/zaQLBl8iUN — Top Space (@tuanmu01) May 16, 2014   HANOI — Vietnamese authorities forcibly broke up small protests against China in two cities on Sunday, after deadly anti-China rampages over a flaring territorial dispute risked damaging the economy and spooked a state used to keeping …

Text message from Vietnamese PM urges patriotic fervour but no violence after anti China riots

HANOI, Vietnam—Vietnam’s prime minister sent a text message to millions of citizens urging them to act in defence of the country’s sovereignty following China’s deployment of on oil rig in disputed waters, but said that “bad elements” shouldn’t be allowed to engage in violence. The message, sent late Thursday and Friday to subscribers via major …

Rioters storm steel mill in Vietnam, killing 1 Chinese, injuring 141 amid anger over oil rig

HANOI, Vietnam—A 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam and hunted down Chinese workers, killing one, attacking scores more and then setting the complex alight, Taiwanese and Vietnamese authorities said Thursday, further inflaming tensions between Hanoi and Beijing as they square off against each other in the disputed South China Sea. It was …

1 Chinese dead, 90 hurt in Vietnam riots

HANOI, Vietnam — A 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam overnight, killing at least one Chinese worker and injuring 90, Taiwan’s ambassador said Thursday, the first deadly incident in a wave of anti-China protests prompted by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas. The spreading unrest is emerging as a …

Factories torched in anti-China protest in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Anti-China mobs torched up to 15 foreign-owned factories and trashed many more in southern Vietnam amid rising anger over China’s recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters, officials and state media said Wednesday. The unrest at industrial parks established to attract foreign investors was the most serious outbreak …

Vietnam allows big protests against China over deployment of oil rig in disputed sea

  HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam allowed several hundred demonstrators to stage a noisy rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on Sunday against Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the contested South China Sea that has triggered a tense standoff and raised fears of confrontation. The country’s authoritarian leaders keep a very tight grip …

Chinese ships ram Vietnamese vessels trying to stop oil rig in disputed waters

  HANOI, Vietnam – Chinese ships have been ramming into and firing water cannons at Vietnamese vessels trying to stop Beijing from putting an oil rig in the South China Sea, according to officials and video footage Wednesday, in a dangerous escalation of tensions over waters considered a global flashpoint. Several boats have been damaged …

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