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Cambodian Rice Body Faces Own Shortcomings

PHNOM PENH —  In a startlingly frank report last month, The Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) warned the country’s entire export market could be destroyed by the scourge of rice smuggling. The report, which detailed a laundry list of problems within the CRF itself and the sector as a whole, provides …

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Native Australian Species Learning to Avoid Toxic Cane Toad

SYDNEY —  Wildlife rangers at the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in northern Australia have been told to abandon programs aimed at curbing numbers of one of the country’s most destructive invasive pests. Cane toads have come to inhabit much of tropical Australia since they were introduced from Hawaii in …

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Fire at Tibet’s Jokhang Monastery; No Injuries Reported

A large fire broke out Saturday at Lhasa’s Jokhang monastery, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. No casualties were reported, and the extent of the damage to the 1,300-year-old religious temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains unclear. According to the state-run Tibetan Daily, the fire, which …

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‘We’re Here’ No Matter China’s Military Buildup

ABOARD USS CARL VINSON, PHILIPPINES —  U.S. forces are undeterred by China’s military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever “international law allows us,” said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets. …

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