Asia Pacific

With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens SEATTLE — Maybe money can buy love. Or, at least, Microsoft would like to find out. On Sunday, the tech giant announced in a blog post that it would continue holding talks to buy TikTok in the United States, opening …

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Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege When Prime Minister Imran Khan boasted last year that Pakistan had one of the “freest presses in the world,” journalists were quick to object, saying that intimidation of reporters across the country was intensifying. It has only gotten worse since. Two years …

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‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line

‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line

‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line ‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line HONG KONG — When Tian Feilong first arrived in Hong Kong as demands for free elections were on the rise, he said he felt sympathetic toward a society that seemed to reflect the liberal political ideas he had …

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Militants Attack Afghan Prison as Brief Cease-Fire Expires

Militants Attack Afghan Prison as Brief Cease-Fire Expires

Militants Attack Afghan Prison as Brief Cease-Fire Expires Militants Attack Afghan Prison as Brief Cease-Fire Expires JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants attacked a major prison in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, detonating a car bomb and waging a gun battle against guards for hours, as dozens of inmates managed to escape, Afghan officials said. The attack in the city of Jalalabad came …

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U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies But the administration’s aggressive approach to China did not stop companies with ties to Beijing from benefiting from one of the main programs intended to prop up the United States economy. The Paycheck Protection Program, which was created as part of a …

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction XUZHOU, China — At a cavernous factory in the Chinese city of Xuzhou, 100 new workers have just been hired to produce giant construction cranes. Nearby, at another sprawling factory, employees toil until midnight to assemble drilling and tunneling machines. A few blocks away, …

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Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Some of the most intense border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years left at least 15 civilians dead on the Afghan side on Thursday, officials said. Afghanistan accused Pakistani forces of firing heavy …

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Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It.

Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It. Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus. The Opposition Isn’t Buying It. HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government said on Friday that it would postpone the city’s September legislative election by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision seen by the pro-democracy opposition as a brazen attempt …

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Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said in a televised address that Iran will expand its nuclear program and will not negotiate with the United States, doubling down on his defiance of the Trump administration’s …

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In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies

In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies

In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies NEW DELHI — Born into a royal family that once ruled the kingdom of Rajpipla in India, he was raised in the family’s palaces and mansions and was being groomed to take over a dynasty that goes back …

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