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Tehran (AFP) - Iran has arrested a "spy" involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, the judiciary's spokesman told reporters on Sunday. "(News of) the arrest of the infiltrating spy is...
Manila (AFP) - Pedicab driver Reyjin dives into a neighbour's house for a quick meth fix, fearful of taking a bullet to the head in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs but unable to quit. More than 2,000...
Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month. "We can see three...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles and agreed to take "significant measures" in response the latest series of launches. The 15-member council issued the toughly-worded condemnation in...
Bagan (Myanmar) (AFP) - Officials picked through the wreckage of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in Myanmar's ancient capital Bagan on Thursday after a powerful earthquake rattled the top tourist destination, leaving three dead. Clouds of dust settled over the...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability. The US mainland...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - North Korea's test-firing of a missile from a submarine towards Japan is "deeply troubling" and undermines stability on the Korean peninsula, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. The UN Security Council scheduled urgent consultations...
Tokyo (AFP) - A driver who was allegedly playing Pokemon Go when he hit and killed a woman in Japan has been arrested, police said Wednesday. Media said that Tuesday's incident marked Japan's first fatal vehicle accident involving the popular...
Taipei (AFP) - Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go players after gaining a reputation as a spot to catch rare creatures. The normally quiet park...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometres (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions. The flight distance, which was tracked by...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran has "arrested or summoned" around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday. Gherdab, the cyber arm of the Guards, said the people targeted administered...
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.  Qayyarah lies on the western bank of the...
Bangkok (AFP) - The trial of two Chinese Uighurs accused of planting a deadly bomb in Bangkok last year was postponed on Tuesday because the defence was unable to produce a Uighur translator, the military court ruled. Yusufu Mieraili and...
Tokyo (AFP) - A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo on Monday, the first in 11 years to come ashore in the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down a major city airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide. Typhoon Mindulle...
Beijing (AFP) - China's state broadcaster has questioned the authenticity of the video of Syrian boy Omran which went viral worldwide, alleging it may have been faked as part of a Western "propaganda war". The video showed the stunned-looking four-year-old...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea and the United States kicked off large-scale military exercises on Monday, triggering condemnation and threats of a pre-emptive nuclear strike from North Korea. The two-week annual Ulchi Freedom drill, which plays out a full-scale invasion scenario...
Hong Kong (AFP) - Some cities are fuelled by coffee. In Hong Kong, it's milk tea that keeps things running - a potent nostalgia-infused caffeine hit, with fierce competition to brew the best in town. There are thousands of restaurants...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South. With tensions also high before a large-scale South Korea-US military exercise starting Monday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul...
Nasiriyah (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits, officials said. They had been found guilty of involvement in the "Speicher" massacre, named...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran released images of its first domestically built long-range missile defence system on Sunday, a project started when the country was under international sanctions.  Images released on multiple state news agencies showed President Hassan Rouhani and Minister...
Zhangjiajie (China) (AFP) - Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China's spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains -- the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar. Some 430 metres (1,400 feet) long and...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain, who defected to South Korea this week, is a criminal who had been ordered to return home for questioning, Pyongyang state media said Saturday. The defector, Thae Yong-Ho, had embezzled huge...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan was hit by a strong earthquake for the second straight day on Saturday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, officials said. A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the northern coast, 167...
Singapore (AFP) - Singapore said Friday it had detained two men under its tough internal security law after discovering they intended to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State group. Rosli bin Hamzah, 50, and Mohamed Omar bin...
New Delhi (AFP) - Indian authorities have suspended 15 police officers for negligence after 16 people died from drinking suspected toxic liquor in a state which recently introduced prohibition, an official said Friday. The entire staff of a local police...
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia warned Friday that haze from forest fires was floating over a key waterway towards its neighbours, and that the number of blazes was rising.  The fires and resulting smog are an annual dry season problem in...
Beijing (AFP) - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi expects China to support historic peace talks with armed groups near the countries' troubled joint border, she said Friday during a landmark visit overshadowed by a stalled dam project. "We...
Bangkok (AFP) - A group of 15 suspects detained by the Thai military investigating last week's deadly tourist resort attacks was not involved in the blasts, police said Friday, adding to confusion surrounding the case. The junta said Thursday the...
Seoul (AFP) - A European-based North Korean official involved in managing a foreign currency slush fund for the country's leadership has fled his post with a sizeable sum of money, South Korean media reports said Friday. The reports follow the...
Chengdu (China) (AFP) - Claiming to be the world's largest building by floor space, the 1,760,000 square metres of the New Century Global Center are a monument to growing Chinese consumer power, packed with shoppers -- and beach bathers...
Manila (AFP) - The Philippine government on Friday criticised as "baseless and reckless" a UN statement that President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs amounted to a crime under international law. Duterte's chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo told AFP the...
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's junta on Thursday said more than a dozen suspects are being detained at military barracks on suspicion of launching a string of deadly bomb and arson attacks against tourist resort towns last week. No one has...
Beijing (AFP) - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi was to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday in her first major foreign trip since becoming the country's de facto leader, with a suspended Beijing-backed dam project set to dominate...
Kolkata (AFP) - Looking remarkably unlined for his claimed 120 years, an Indian monk who says he is the oldest man to have ever lived puts his longevity down to no sex or spices, and daily yoga.  Hindu monk Swami...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hit out at "stupid" United Nations' criticism of his controversial crime war that has claimed 1,000 lives, warning the global body not to interfere. The political outsider, who swept to a...
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese sports fans turned on the country's athletes and administrators Wednesday as the Asian giant languished behind Britain -- once dismissed as an "old declining Empire" -- in third place on the Olympic medal table in...
New Delhi (AFP) - Two children and a man have died in the Indian capital after their throats were slit by glass-covered strings used for flying kites during Independence Day celebrations, police said Wednesday. The tragedies prompted the Delhi government...
Seoul (AFP) - When North Korean defector Choi Sung-Guk decided it was time to go public with his experiences, he avoided the well trodden "harrowing memoir" route in favour of a cartoon strip.  Drawing skills and some online space provided...
oscow (AFP) - Russian warplanes on Tuesday flew out from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes against jihadist groups in war-torn Syria, the defence ministry in Moscow said. The raids are the first Russia has reported carrying out from...
Dhaka (AFP) - An elephant thought to have travelled at least 1,700 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods died on Tuesday despite last-ditch efforts to save him. The distressed animal was tranquillised three...
Beijing (AFP) - China launched the world's first quantum satellite on Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system of encrypted communications. The launch took place at 1:40 am...
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo sacked his energy minister late Monday just weeks after filling the key cabinet post, following revelations his new appointee improperly held Indonesian and United States passports. Arcandra Tahar, a former oil and gas...
Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's parliament on Monday approved five new ministers after months of delay and repeated setbacks to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to replace the cabinet, the speaker's office said. Lawmakers signed off on Abadi's nominees for the...
Narathiwat (Thailand) (AFP) - Fresh explosions rocked Thailand's deep south seriously wounding one soldier on Monday, days after a spate of bomb and arson attacks struck multiple tourist resort towns. Last week's attacks have heightened concerns Thailand's long-running but local...
New Delhi (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card. From the ramparts of Delhi's...
Tokyo (AFP) - Tokyo and Seoul struck a conciliatory note on Monday on the anniversary of the end of World War II, with South Korea's president calling for a "future-oriented" relationship and Japan's prime minister denouncing the "horrors of war". Prime...
Hong Kong (AFP) - Three leaders of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" escaped jail time Monday over protests that sparked massive rallies in 2014, with the court saying it would not base sentencing on the heated "political atmosphere" in the...
Hong Kong (AFP) - Three leaders of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" face possible jail sentences Monday over protests that sparked massive rallies in 2014, as fears grow that Beijing is closing its grip on the city.  Their conviction last month...
Shanghai (AFP) - Universities from mainland China broke into the global top 100 in an annual ranking for the first time on Monday, but Harvard remained number one for the 14th consecutive year. China's prestigious Tsinghua University was 58th, beating...
Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - An Iraqi Kurdish reporter was killed and another wounded on Sunday during a military operation against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, officials said. The incident occurred during an operation launched by the Kurdish peshmerga...
Baghdad (AFP) - A fire that killed 13 children in an Iraqi maternity ward was apparently started intentionally, the health ministry's spokesman said on Sunday. Ahmed al-Rudeini had previously said the Wednesday fire at Yarmuk Hospital, one of the main...
Manila (AFP) - Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday. Civil defence officials warned residents of Manila and nearby provinces to expect...
Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladeshi and Indian rescuers pulled two Indian fishermen alive Sunday from the Bay of Bengal one day after their trawler capsized, but 10 others were still missing, officials said. Five bodies have also been recovered, as naval...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday. The two countries are...
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines has vowed to investigate reports of a wave of extrajudicial killings, the government said Sunday, after Washington warned military aid to its Asian ally was dependent on respect for human rights. According to media reports,...
Bangkok (AFP) - Thai police said Sunday they "know who was behind" a recent wave of bombings that rattled tourist destinations across the south, shattering a surface calm imposed by the kingdom's military junta. No one has claimed responsibility for...
Hua Hin (Thailand) (AFP) - Thai authorities on Saturday hunted for culprits behind a wave of bombings targeting the country's key tourism sector, as businesses in top destinations braced for the full impact. The kingdom was on edge after 11...
Hua Hin (Thailand) (AFP) - A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities Friday ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom's deep south are responsible. In the...
Hua Hin (Thailand) (AFP) - A string of bomb attacks targeting Thailand's crucial tourism industry have killed four people, authorities said Friday, sending authorities scrambling to identify a motive and find the perpetrators. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha called for calm...
Beijing (AFP) - A pipeline explosion at a power station in China killed at least 21 people and injured five more on Thursday, the official Xinhua news service reported.  The blast, which Xinhua said happened in a high-pressure steam pipeline,...
Kandahar (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears that the city could fall. Afghan forces...
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia said Thursday there was "no room" for the gay community in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, as activists blasted officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks. A wave of angry rhetoric directed at homosexuals...
Tokyo (AFP) - A Japanese woman and her former partner were acquitted Wednesday in a retrial for the alleged murder of the woman's 11-year-old daughter after the pair had spent about two decades in jail. They were released in October...
Baghdad (AFP) - A fire tore through the maternity ward of one of Baghdad's largest hospitals Wednesday, killing at least 12 premature babies, medical and security officials said. Jassem Lateef al-Hijami, from the Baghdad health directorate, told reporters only seven...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council failed to agree Tuesday on a statement condemning North Korea's launch of a missile that landed near Japan after China sought to include language opposing the US missile defense...
Nairobi (AFP) - A Chinese tourist stabbed a woman to death and seriously wounded her husband after demanding they vacate a table at a luxury Kenyan safari lodge, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred at Keekorok Lodge in Masai Mara,...
Quetta (Pakistan) (AFP) - Pakistan's lawyers boycotted courts and staged protests nationwide Tuesday after a horrific suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital which killed 70 people including many of their colleagues. Monday's bloodletting, with medics battling to save scores of...
Quetta (Pakistan) (AFP) - At least 70 people died when a suicide bomb tore through a crowd of mourners gathered at a Pakistani hospital Monday, in an attack claimed by both the Taliban and Islamic State group.  Prime Minister Nawaz...
Tokyo (AFP) - China has installed a radar with potential military functions in a disputed area of the East China Sea, Japanese media said Sunday, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the two countries. The Japanese foreign ministry said...
Washington (AFP) - The US government has released a once-secret policy document dubbed "the playbook" that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process.  The 18-page Presidential...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea has accused Washington of planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike, after the US announced it would deploy its B-1 bomber in the Pacific for the first time in a decade. The strategic aircraft were to be deployed...
Tokyo (AFP) - Some 230 Chinese fishing vessels and seven coast guard ships, including four apparently carrying weapons, sailed into waters close to disputed East China Sea islands on Saturday, Japan's foreign ministry and coastguard said. Six Chinese coast guard...
Dhaka (AFP) - Huge crowds of villagers following a wild elephant stranded in Bangladesh for more than a month by floods are hampering efforts to rescue it, forest officials said Saturday. Severe floods in the northeastern Indian state of Assam...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to maintain his "shoot-to-kill" order against drug dealers while in office and says he "does not care about human rights". About 800 people have been killed since Duterte won a landslide...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's foreign ministry on Friday summoned China's ambassador to protest what it said were intrusions into its territorial waters by Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over uninhabited...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea's Foreign Minister cautioned Friday against escalating a missile-defence row with China that has fuelled combative editorials in Beijing's state media and an apparent backlash against Korean TV and pop stars. "Whenever difficulties and challenges arise...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese Emperor Akihito will address the nation next week, the palace said Friday, following reports that the octogenarian wants to abdicate the throne of one of the world's oldest monarchies. An Imperial Household Agency spokesman said Akihito's...
Guwahati (India) (AFP) - Gunmen on Friday opened fire on a busy market in a restive area of northeast India, killing 12 people and wounding several others, police said. One of the men was killed by security forces after the...
Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese human rights activist was on Friday given a three year suspended prison sentence for subversion, state media said -- the fourth such case this week as authorities crack down on dissent.  Christian activist Gou Hongguo...
At least 52 people have been killed and tens of thousands evacuated as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's eastern states, according to officials and news reports. Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who toured the worst-hit areas in...
China says a meeting between Lady Gaga and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has unleashed anger in the country. The American singer posted photos and a video on social media of the meeting on Sunday at the US...
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