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Growing Asian-American Community Could Influence US Elections
The expanding number of Asian-American voters in the United States doesn’t necessarily translate into political clout in U.S. elections, even though Asian-Americans represent the fastest-growing immigrant population in the United States. Many who are eligible to vote sit on the sidelines. The members of one organization want to remove some barriers they say are in the way of getting Asian-Americans to vote, hoping to reverse low voter turnout. Burmese refugee Ma Zin settled in the town... | 06-May-2016 12:00

Gambia Opposition Seeks International Help After Leader Denied Bail
The deputy president of Gambia's main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) is appealing to the international community for help in seeking the release of party leader Ousaniou Darboe. Darboe and 38 other opposition members were arrested last month and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. They had previously been charged with unlawful assembly, rioting and incitement to violence after they held a protest rally demanding political reforms and demonstrated against the death of... | 06-May-2016 11:42

India's Tobacco Industry, Farmers Resist Warnings on Cigarettes
India's tobacco industry and tobacco growers are resisting new government rules requiring cigarette manufacturers to print huge pictorial warnings on cigarette packages, saying the stringent measures will impact the livelihood of more than 45 million farmers and lead to an increase in the sale of illegal cigarettes. In a country where about 1 million deaths every year are blamed on tobacco consumption, the government has ordered that 85 percent of both the front and the back of a... | 06-May-2016 11:23

Top Kenyan businessman shot dead
Controversial businessman Jacob Juma is shot dead in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by unknown gunmen who escaped on motorbikes.
BBC News | 06-May-2016 11:21

Japan Seeks to Boost Role in ASEAN, Challenge China's Growing Influence
Japan, a longtime supporter of economic development in Southeast Asia, is stepping up its engagement in the region as China has raised its profile in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Tokyo is also enhancing its role in Southeast Asia's security debates, especially the South China Sea, where it said the disputes need to be settled by the rule of law and without the use of force. Earlier this week, Japan announced a three-year, $6.8 billion program to... | 06-May-2016 11:03

More Than 70 Dead in Syria After Jihadists Retake Syrian Village Near Aleppo
Battles between al-Qaida-linked fighters and Syrian government forces left 73 people dead in a village near Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday. The jihadists were able to recapture early Friday the village of Khan Touman, and others surrounding it, after nearly a day of fighting with government forces. The village is located about 15 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. It is of strategic importance to the rebels because of its proximity to Damascus-Aleppo... | 06-May-2016 11:00

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