Face of Defense: Soldier Racks Up Miles in Afghanistan

By Army Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick122nd Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentTARIN KOT, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2013 – Growing up on a farm in Weston, Ohio, Army Spc. Michelle Renay Metzger enjoyed getting dirty and working with farm machinery. “I joined the National Guard to better myself in general and have a … [Read more...]

My Visit To Hong Kong

It’s been almost 25 years ago since my last visit to Hong Kong. At the time, Hong Kong was not a very elegant place. The streets were dirty and the city looked a little bit grey and narrow. It was like what we can see right now in most of chinatowns in the developing countries. But now, Hong Kong is a … [Read more...]

Indonesian Youth Celebrates UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

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Jakarta - Under the auspices of UNDPI-Affiliate Anand Ashram Foundation Indonesia, youth from different sections and elements of society got together on the 1st of February to begin a week long celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, initiated by the Jordan Prince Ghazi and unanimously adopted by … [Read more...]

China Announces 23 Arrests In US Gun Scheme

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police on Tuesday announced the arrests of 23 people as part of a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a gun trafficking ring that smuggled dozens of firearms into the country. The arrests announced by the Ministry of Public Security follow the detention of three men in the United … [Read more...]

US: Russia Sending Syria Attack Helicopters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and warned that the Arab country's 15-month conflict could become even deadlier. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest … [Read more...]

Asia Braces For Weaker Exports As Europe Stumbles

SINGAPORE (AP) — After supplying European customers for more than 40 years with neon bright ornamental fish, Shirley Lim is now looking elsewhere for sales. Lim, whose business in Singapore and Malaysia grows aquatic plants and breeds colorful fish such as the Checkered Rainbow and Butterfly Barb, said orders … [Read more...]

UN: Food Supply Tenuous For 16 Million NKoreans

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United Nations says millions of North Korean children in the provinces far from the relative comforts of Pyongyang are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally. The agency said in a detailed update on the humanitarian situation … [Read more...]

Ethnic Strife Continues In Western Myanmar City

SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — With residents cowering indoors, security forces patrolling a tense town in western Myanmar collected bodies Monday from homes burned to ashes in some of the country's deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years. The conflict along ethnic and religious lines has left at least seven people … [Read more...]

Homes Burn, Gunfire Heard In Riven Western Myanmar

SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — Gunshots rang out and residents fled blazing homes in western Myanmar on Tuesday as security forces struggled to contain deadly ethnic and religious violence that has killed at least a dozen people and forced thousands to flee. The conflict pitting ethnic Rakhine Buddhists against … [Read more...]

Asia, US Boost BMW Sales; Europe Sales Down

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW AG saw sales rise 6.4 percent in May from a year ago, as big increases in Asia and better numbers in United States overcame a dip in struggling Europe. The Munich-based auto maker sold 156,957 cars in the month compared to 147,565 in May, 2011. Sales in Asia rose 25.7 percent, … [Read more...]