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Sanctions disrupt aid agencies in North Korea

Ramped-up international sanctions on North Korea have inadvertently disrupted the already challenging work of aid agencies there, those in the field say, with risk-averse banks refusing to transfer funds needed to keep operations running.

Transnational crime booming across Southeast Asia: UN

Transnational crime is booming in Southeast Asia, the UN warned Thursday, aided by rapid regional economic integration and patchy cross-border police work.

World Bank trims China, East Asia 2014-2016 growth forecasts

The bank also trimmed its 2016 growth forecast for the region to 6.8 percent from 7.1 percent. 

Dogs may have not become `man’s best friend`

In a new DNA study, scientists have found that domestic dogs originated from Eurasian gray wolves sometime between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago, which raises doubt on the theory that dogs became “man’s best friend” in East Asia.