Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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4:30pm

Fri May 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Taps San Antonio Mayor For Housing Post

President Obama on Friday officially nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to the post of secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a move that boosts the profile of a young Hispanic seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Castro would replace Shaun Donovan, who Obama wants to become the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Donovan would take over OMB from outgoing budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who's expected to be confirmed shortly as the next health secretary.

The Associated Press says:

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1:36pm

Fri May 23, 2014
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Detroit Federal Judge OKs Rep. John Conyers For Primary

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:12 pm

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party in Detroit. Conyers has served in Congress since 1964, but problems with ballot petitions have threatened to keep him out of the August primary.
Carlos Osorio AP

This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, will appear on the August primary ballot, overturning a decision by Michigan's secretary of state who said the candidacy was invalid.

Judge Matthew Leitman issued an injunction ordering Conyers' name to be placed on the ballot, The Associated Press says.

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6:45pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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McDonald's CEO Says Fast-Food Jobs Can Lead To 'Real Careers'

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:16 pm

Hundreds of workers, organizers and supporters gather outside McDonald's Corp. on Thursday, in Oak Brook, Ill., calling for $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
M. Spencer Green AP

As hundreds of protesters loudly demanded higher wages outside McDonald's headquarters in suburban Chicago, the company's CEO told an audience inside that the fast-food giant has a heritage of providing opportunities that lead to "real careers."

"We believe we pay fair and competitive wages," Donald Thompson said at the company's annual meeting on Thursday.

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6:44pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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U.S. Soccer Star Landon Donovan Fails To Make World Cup Cut

Landon Donovan practices with the U.S. Men's National Team in Stanford, Calif., last week. U.S. Soccer announced Thursday he had not made the roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Josh Edelson AFP/Getty Images

Landon Donovan, the all-time leader in scoring and assists for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, will not be part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster in Brazil, U.S. Soccer says.

ESPN writes: "Donovan, 32, has played for the U.S. in the past three World Cups dating back to 2002. He has been the face of the national team for most of the past decade, but spoke in recent months about how his body is no longer what it had once been."

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5:02pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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Mars Weathercam Spots Big New Crater

A photograph of the new crater (large, center). Take by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Before and after shots taken by a Mars-orbiting satellite have detected a newly created impact crater half the size of a football field near the planet's equator.

NPR's Joe Palca says that while objects are striking Mars all the time (with big chunks surviving until impact, thanks to the Red Planet's thin atmosphere), this is the first time scientists have been able to determine the exact day a meteor struck – in this case, sometime on March 28, 2012.

But it wasn't noticed until two months ago.

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3:53pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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California Man Charged In Decade-Long Disappearance Of Teen

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:59 pm

The home of suspect Isidro Medrano Garcia, in Bell Gardens, Calif., on Wednesday. Garcia allegedly abducted a 15-year-old girl in 2004 and held her captive for 10 years. He is charged with kidnapping and rape and is being held on $1 million bail.
Damian Dovarganes AP

A California man arrested earlier this week for the alleged 2004 abduction and sexual assault of a teenage girl whom he reportedly held against her will for the next decade has been charged with five felony counts, including rape and kidnapping.

Isidro Medrano Garcia, who was charged early Thursday, is being held on $1 million bail.

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2:38pm

Thu May 22, 2014
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House Passes Restrictions On NSA's Collection Of Phone Records

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 2:02 pm

Speaker John Boehner prepares to speak to the media after the House passed the USA Freedom Act, an NSA reform bill aimed at restricting access to Americans' phone records.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

The House passed a measure to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, approving a scaled-back version of legislation that was prompted by leaks from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The 303-121 vote, however "sent an unambiguous signal that both parties are no longer comfortable with giving the N.S.A. unfettered power to collect bulk surveillance data," according to The New York Times.

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6:12pm

Wed May 21, 2014
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Kidnapped California Woman, Missing Since 2004, Is Found Alive

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:31 pm

A woman in Southern California who was reportedly abducted a decade ago has been found alive, and her alleged kidnapper has been arrested, Santa Ana police say.

The unidentified victim was reported missing by her mother in 2004, when she was 15. Police say Isidro Garcia, 41, was taken into custody on Tuesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping and rape.

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4:42pm

Wed May 21, 2014
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71 Arrested For Internet Child Porn In New York

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:51 pm

Hard drives, computers and other electronic devices seized as part of Operation Caireen along with photos of some of the 71 individuals arrested in connection with the investigation.
Jason DeCrow AP

Officials in New York say they have arrested 71 people for possessing and trading child pornography via the Internet in what's being described as the largest-ever such operation in the city.

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4:04pm

Wed May 21, 2014
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Obama: U.S. Military In Chad To Aid Search For Missing Schoolgirls

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 6:19 pm

A woman makes a speech during a rally earlier this week in Chibok, Nigeria, calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls.
Sunday Alamba AP

President Obama on Wednesday informed House Speaker John Boehner that 80 U.S. military personnel had been sent to the central African nation of Chad as part of efforts to help locate nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria last month.

Chad borders Nigeria, where members of Boko Haram abducted the girls from the city of Chibok in April.

"These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area," the president said in the letter to Boehner.

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2:53pm

Wed May 21, 2014
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Russia, China Secure Nearly Half-Trillion Dollar Gas Deal

A worker turns a valve at an underground gas storage facility near Striy on Wednesday. Russia has said state-controlled exporter Gazprom will supply China with natural gas via a Siberian pipeline beginning in 2018.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

In an agreement reminiscent of the early days of the Cold War, Russia has agreed to supply China with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of natural gas via a pipeline from Siberia pipeline to begin pumping in four years.

NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from Shanghai that in 2018, Russia will begin sending 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China each year through the pipeline. Over the life of the 30-year contract, 1 trillion cubic meters would be delivered.

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5:29pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Royal Caribbean Offers 5-Week-Long U.S.-To-China Cruise

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:28 pm

This computer-generated image provided by the Royal Caribbean International cruise line shows its forthcoming ship, Quantum of the Seas.
Uncredited AP

Royal Caribbean says it's offering a 53-day voyage from the U.S. to China to inaugurate its newest giant luxury liner, the Quantum of the Seas, which is scheduled to begin cruises out of Shanghai next year.

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3:09pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Coup Or Not, It's Business As Usual For Most Thais

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:29 pm

Residents stop to take a photo of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok on Tuesday. Thailand's army declared martial law in a surprise move it says is aimed at quelling political unrest.
Kiko Rosario AP

Despite Thailand's declaration of martial law in what the army said was an effort to end political unrest, most Thais were going about life as normal.

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7:53pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty To Helping U.S. Tax Evaders

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:03 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department on Monday. Holder announced that Credit Suisse had agreed to pay $2.6 billion in a criminal settlement. With him are IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (left) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Evan Vucci AP

Credit Suisse AG has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans evade taxes in offshore havens, and the Swiss bank has agreed to pay U.S. authorities $2.6 billion in penalties, the Justice Department has announced.

Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in Washington on Monday that the Swiss bank had "engaged in an extensive and wide-ranging conspiracy ... to help tax cheats dodge U.S. taxes."

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7:48pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:28 pm

Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (front) during a military parade in January. The army has declared martial law amid months of political unrest.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office by the country's Constitutional Court.

The Associated Press reports:

"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.

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6:08pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Atlantic Search For 4 British Sailors

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:21 pm

The missing yacht Cheeki Rafiki disappeared on Saturday with four experienced offshore sailors aboard.
Uncredited AP

The first person to sail single-handedly and nonstop around the world has joined others in urging the U.S. Coast Guard to resume a search for four missing British yachtsman who disappeared aboard a 40-foot sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week.

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4:04pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 6:04 pm

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks during a news conference in Berlin on Monday. Bolden said no single country was indispensable to the International Space Station's success.
Michael Sohn AP

NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden says that Russia's plan to end cooperation on the International Space Station after 2020 will not have an impact on the success of the orbital platform.

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2:48pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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Occupy Wall Street Activist Gets 90 Days For Assaulting Officer

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:55 pm

Sarah Wellington stands in front of the courthouse after the sentencing of Cecily McMillan in New York, on Monday. McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist convicted of assaulting a police officer, was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Seth Wenig AP

An Occupy Wall Street activist convicted of assaulting a police officer who was arresting her during a March 2012 protest has been sentenced to three months in jail.

"A civilized society must not allow an assault to be committed under the guise of civil disobedience," said Justice Ronald Zweibel. However, "The court finds that a lengthy sentence would not serve the interests of justice in this case," he said.

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6:33pm

Fri May 16, 2014
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Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:12 pm

Same-sex marriage is off again in Arkansas.

The state's Supreme Court on Friday suspended a lower court's decision striking down a 2004 ban on gay marriage. So, no more marriage licenses will be issued to same-sex couples — at least for now.

Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza voided the state's gay-marriage ban but left in place another law that prohibited county clerks from issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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5:35pm

Fri May 16, 2014
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Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes the Naia skull found at the site.
Paul Nicklen AP

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.

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4:10pm

Fri May 16, 2014
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Watergate Conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder Dies At 79

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:41 pm

Jeb Stuart Magruder, then a Presbyterian minister, in 1995. Magruder, a top Nixon campaign official who went to prison for his role in Watergate, died on Sunday in Danbury, Conn.
Breck Smither AP

Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former Nixon campaign official who pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the Watergate break in and coverup, has died at 79.

Magruder, who became a Presbyterian minister after serving seven months in federal prison over the Watergate affair, died on Sunday of complications from a stroke, according to a death notice published by a Connecticut funeral home.

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3:14pm

Fri May 16, 2014
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Top VA Health Official Resigns Amid Scandal Over Treatment Delays

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:49 pm

Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Robert Petzel testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill. Petzel tendered his resignation from the VA on Friday.
Cliff Owen AP

This post was updated at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of the department's undersecretary for health, a day after both men testified before Congress about a growing controversy over delays in treatment.

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs," Shinseki said in a statement cited by Reuters.

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2:25pm

Fri May 16, 2014
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Separatists Abandon Government Buildings In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:04 pm

Workers of the Ukrainian company Metinvest clear away debris in a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Friday. Local patrols by steelworkers have forced pro-Russia separatists to retreat from the government buildings they occupied.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

Patrols carried out by miners and steelworkers have forced pro-Russian separatists to abandon government buildings in parts of eastern Ukraine after some regions declared independence earlier this week.

The Washington Post reports:

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6:31pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:42 pm

NASA images showing Jupiter's gradually shrinking Great Red Spot.
Hubble Space Telescope NASA

Jupiter's Great Red Spot might be, quite literally, the perfect storm: It's a swirling, anti-cyclonic vortex that's big enough to engulf three Earths and has been raging in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planet for at least 400 years.

Even in a backyard telescope, the Great Red Spot shows up as easily the planet's most prominent feature, sporting "a conspicuous deep red eye embedded in swirling layers of pale yellow, orange and white," as NASA describes it.

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4:37pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Those California Wildfires Viewed From Space

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:12 pm

An image shot by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on Wednesday. It shows multiple wildfires in Calif. trailing smoke into the Pacific Ocean.
Lynn Jenner NASA/Goddard

Multiple wildfires in California, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and scorching temperatures, are so massive that they can easily be seen from space.

As NPR's Alan Greenblatt reports, the fires have affected thousands of acres and put lives and property in jeopardy.

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4:08pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Gay Marriages Cleared In Arkansas, But On Hold In Idaho

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:51 pm

More legal wrangling over gay marriage in two states on Thursday:

In Arkansas, Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza expanded the ruling he issued last week striking down a ban on gay marriage to also eliminate a separate law that prohibited clerks from issuing such marriage licenses.

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2:46pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Chinese Nationals Flee Vietnam As Unrest Intensifies

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 6:09 pm

Chinese nationals stand by their belongings after crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam at the Bavet international checkpoint in Svay Rieng province, on Thursday. Hundreds of Chinese are fleeing the country as unrest escalates.
Samrang Pring Reuters/Landov

A second day of violence in Vietnam has seen mobs singling out Chinese workers for attack, killing at least one and injuring dozens, as hundreds of Chinese nationals fled the country by land and air. A major foreign-owned steel operation was set ablaze in the country's north.

The unrest has been sparked by China's efforts to deploy an oil platform in disputed waters in the South China Sea, putting tensions on boil and spreading fear of a possible conflict between the neighboring countries that fought a brief border war in 1979.

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5:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Wildfires In Southern California Consume Thousands Of Acres

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:26 am

A helicopter attacks a wildfire burning in the north county of San Diego on Tuesday.
AP
This post was updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.

Thousands of residents in Southern California were fleeing their homes after being told by authorities to evacuate as nine wind-swept wildfires raged in the region.

In a news conference Wednesday night, officials said they were particularly concerned about the San Marcos fire, where more than 9,000 acres had burned.

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4:52pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:29 pm

A NOAA image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency in September shows Typhoon Usagi. A new study says that such tropical cyclones are reaching peak intensity farther away from the equator.
NOAA/JMA AP

Tropical storms are migrating out of the tropics, reaching their peak intensity in higher latitudes, where larger populations are concentrated, a new NOAA-led study published in the journal Nature says.

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3:08pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:34 pm

A Taiwanese bicycle factory in Ho Chi Minh City burns after mobs angered over Chinese moves in the South China Sea mistakenly targeted the facility, thinking it was Chinese owned.
Jeff Nesmith AP

Mobs in southern Vietnam — angered by China's placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters — have torched scores of foreign-owned factories. Meanwhile, Beijing has reportedly begun construction on an airstrip in an island chain also claimed by the Philippines.

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