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Kim’s call on economy has North Korea scrambling

NAMPO, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials and factory managers are scrambling to answer a call from leader Kim Jong Un for an all-out, nationwide effort to build up the country’s economy in 2017. Along with vowing to make yet more advances with nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, …

Chinese governor’s false claims shows practice of deception

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese governor’s rare admission of having given a misleading account about the plight of coal miners has prompted new laments among the public about pervasive deception practiced by China’s bureaucracy, with even state media calling on officials to be more truthful. Heilongjiang Gov. Lu Hao’s assertion …

Myanmar anti-drug crusaders uncover $500K ledger of payoffs

HPAKANT, Myanmar (AP) — Residents of this town in northern Myanmar’s opium country became their own drug investigators out of frustration with authorities’ failure to keep heroin and methamphetamine addiction from consuming their villages. Now they say they have an explanation for officials’ poor performance, thanks to a woman charged …

China’s economic evolution causes small town upheaval

GUJIAO, China (AP) — This city in China’s northern coal country hardly looks like it is in trouble. After three decades fueling China’s industrial boom, its wide, tree-lined avenues are filled with late model cars. Markets are crowded with people. That activity masks malaise. Surging demand for coal that once …