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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hong Kong (AFP) - Two years after the pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" began, Hong Kong is entering uncharted political territory as former protesters prepare to take office, advocating a possible split from China. The first major elections since the 2014 rallies...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle. The discovery of 10 bronze and copper coins -- the oldest dating from about 300-400 AD...
Beijing (AFP) - At least 12 people were killed and eight more are trapped after an explosion Tuesday in a Chinese coal mine, state media reported, the latest disaster in the country's notoriously dangerous mines. A gas explosion ripped through...
Baghdad (AFP) - Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, security and medial officials said. The group said IS suicide bombers with...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese police are hunting for a killer after two elderly men were poisoned at a hospital near Tokyo, local media reported Tuesday. An autopsy showed that the deaths at a hospital in Yokohama were caused by a...
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan went into shutdown on Tuesday as the island faces its third typhoon in two weeks, with thousands evacuated, schools and offices closed across the island and hundreds of flights disrupted. Typhoon Megi is expected to make...
Beijing (AFP) - China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea. More than 40 Chinese...
Manila (AFP) - A United Nations rights rapporteur told AFP on Monday she intended to visit the Philippines to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on crime, but was seeking security guarantees for people she planned to speak with. Duterte...
Beijing (AFP) - The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project which Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.   The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous...
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's first female prime minister on Sunday told the man who ousted her government two years ago to investigate his own brother over corruption allegations, in an unusually strong broadside against the junta. Yingluck Shinawatra was booted...
Wayang Windu (Indonesia) (AFP) - Columns of steam shoot from the ground at an Indonesian power plant sitting in the shadow of an active volcano, as energy is tapped from the red-hot underbelly of the archipelago. Pipes zig-zag up rugged...
Ome (Japan) (AFP) - Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries...
Havana (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state. It marks the first visit by a Chinese premier...
Samarra (Iraq) (AFP) - Militants killed 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing Saturday in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police said. Tikrit was seized by IS in...
Bangkok (AFP) - Three foreigners belonging to a suspected passport forgery ring were charged Saturday after police found them with drugs, guns and a dismembered body stashed in the freezer of a Bangkok building. Police said they are trying to...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - North Korea's foreign minister on Friday told the United Nations that "going nuclear" is his country's only way to defend itself and vowed to further bolster its nuclear military forces.  Speaking to the General...
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in cement, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path. Known as one of the...
Panaji (India) (AFP) - A court in India cleared two men Friday accused of the rape and homicide of 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling whose bruised and semi-nude body was found on a Goa beach eight years ago. Friends and...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea Friday ruled out giving aid to flood-hit North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un would claim credit for any assistance following what Pyongyang calls the "worst disaster" since World War II. The International Federation of Red...
Havana (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to "open a new page" in relations. Abe met with Cuban President Raul Castro during a...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday invited the United Nations' chief and international human rights experts to investigate allegations of widespread extrajudicial killings, but insisted they also face him in a public debate. The acid-tongued Duterte had...
Wang Sicong, the only son of China’s richest billionaire reportedly bought eight iphone 7s worth $9,584 for his pet dog on the day of its release. Twenty-eight-year-old Wang, the only son of billionaire Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group,...
Kabul (AFP) - Afghanistan Thursday signed a peace agreement with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to make a political comeback despite a history of war crimes and after years in hiding. Hekmatyar, who heads the now...
Ottawa (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang landed in Ottawa to meet with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and press for an extradition treaty. But even before the Chinese leader's plane rolled up to the terminal, Trudeau faced political heat...
Jakarta (AFP) - The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said on Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing. Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lashed out at India over escalating tensions in Kashmir, telling the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that New Delhi was an obstacle to peace. Gun battles raged Tuesday on...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday demanded that the world find a new way to halt the threat from North Korea after the long-sanctioned regime's nuclear and missile tests. Abe, addressing the UN...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-filled tirade against the European Union, in his latest riposte to international criticism of the rising death toll in his brutal crackdown on crime. Duterte punctuated his insults with a...
Seoul (AFP) - The Red Cross appealed Wednesday for $15.5 million in emergency funding to help flood-ravaged North Koreans, warning of a "secondary disaster" in the impoverished country unless urgent assistance is provided. At least 138 people are known to...
Srinagar (India) (AFP) - Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across their disputed border in Kashmir on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants. Eighteen soldiers died in Sunday's...
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces launched an operation on Tuesday to retake the town of Sherqat from the Islamic State group which has controlled it for more than two years, military sources said. The town lies on the west...
Bangkok (AFP) - A British activist was found guilty of criminal defamation and breaching Thailand's harsh computer laws and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, his lawyer said Tuesday, over a report on labour abuses in the kingdom's lucrative...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea has successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine, state media said on Tuesday, a move experts say will bolster its already burgeoning weapons programme. The ground test comes after more than 20 missile launches and...
Tokyo (AFP) - A powerful typhoon ripped into southern Japan Tuesday, dumping torrential rains on the region that left some communities partially submerged and forced dozens of flights to be cancelled. Typhoon Malakas made landfall in the southernmost main island...
Havana (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba where he met with his counterpart, Raul Castro, and the Cuban president's older brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro. Rouhani had said ahead of the one-day visit that he wanted to...
Havana (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba Monday for a visit in which he was expected to meet counterpart Raul Castro and his older brother and predecessor Fidel. Rouhani said ahead of the one-day visit that he...
Jakarta (AFP) - A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze". Researchers from Harvard and Columbia...
Anand (India) (AFP) - At a hostel for dozens of pregnant women, impoverished widow Sharmila Mackwan weighs up her decision to carry twins for another couple -- her only ticket out of poverty -- as the government moves to...
Bangkok (AFP) - The search for several missing passengers continued Monday after a boat carrying Muslim pilgrims sank on Thailand's Chao Phraya river leaving at least 15 people dead, a provincial governor said. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon near...
Indanan (Philippines) (AFP) - A freed Norwegian hostage said he was "lucky to be alive" Sunday, after being kidnapped by Islamic militants and held in the southern Philippine jungle for more than a year.  Kjartan Sekkingstad appeared gaunt and frail...
Indanan (Philippines) (AFP) - A Norwegian and three Indonesian seamen held hostage in the southern Philippines were turned over to a government envoy on Sunday after being freed by Islamic extremists who had beheaded two captives in June. Kjartan Sekkingstad...
Srinagar (India) (AFP) - Militants killed 17 soldiers during a pre-dawn ambush on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday, in a major attack in the Himalayan region already reeling from weeks of deadly unrest. The heavily armed militants snuck...
Nyingchi (China) (AFP) - China has unveiled a sparkling new hotel as part of its drive to get tens of millions more tourists to visit Tibet, even as critics say the push is slowly eroding the local culture. With a...
Manila (AFP) - A Norwegian held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released Saturday after a year in captivity and will soon be handed over to officials, authorities said. Resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad was...
Peshawar (Pakistan) (AFP) - A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 35 others as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, officials said. The bombing took place in the village of...
Tehran (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani set off Friday for a tour of Venezuela and Cuba before heading to New York for next week's UN General Assembly, official media reported. Rouhani will take part in a summit of Non-Aligned...
Srinagar (India) (AFP) - Indian police said Friday they have arrested a prominent Kashmiri activist who was this week prevented from travelling to Geneva, where he had been due to brief UN officials on the strife-torn region. Khurram Pervez was...
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong journalists covering violent protests in the rebel Chinese village of Wukan said they were detained and beaten by police as state press slammed "foreign media" for stoking the tensions. Wukan, a 13,000-strong fishing village...
Manila (AFP) - Rodrigo Duterte shot dead a justice department employee and ordered the murder of opponents, a former death squad member told parliament Thursday, in explosive allegations against the Philippine president. The self-described assassin told a Senate hearing that...
Beijing (AFP) - Typhoon Meranti battered southeastern China with heavy winds and torrential rain on Thursday, cutting power, ripping up trees and smashing windows, a day after lashing Taiwan. The super typhoon, packing winds of 170 kilometres per hour (105...
Multan (Pakistan) (AFP) - At least four people were killed and more than 100 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said. The accident occurred near the city of Multan when a Karachi-bound passenger train rammed...
Seoul (AFP) - Floods in North Korea that have left hundreds dead or missing are the "worst disaster" to hit the country since World War II, state media said on Wednesday. The official KCNA news agency did not give exact...
Manila (AFP) - The United Nations has said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has a "striking lack of understanding" of its human rights institutions in a rebuke over his crime war that has killed more than 3,000 people. The fresh criticism came...
Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year. The religious edict by the...
Taipei (AFP) - Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill Wednesday as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island's southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households.  Although super typhoon Meranti did not make...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Wednesday accused the United States of pushing the Korean Peninsula to "the point of explosion" after it dispatched two huge bombers in a show of force against Pyongyang. The supersonic B-1B Lancers flew over...
The killing of four children by their poverty-stricken mother - who then committed suicide, followed by her husband - sparked online outrage and debate in China Tuesday (Sep 13) over the gap between rich and poor. Yang Gailan, 28, used...
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese authorities detained 13 residents of the rebel village of Wukan Tuesday, police said, after jailing its chief -- who was elected after leading protests against Communist officials -- on corruption charges. Wukan, a 13,000-strong fishing village...
Bangalore (India) (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm Tuesday in the Indian tech hub of Bangalore which was placed under curfew after deadly violence erupted over a water dispute with a neighbouring state. Thousands of police officers...
Tokyo (AFP) - Got stinky colleagues? Japan has a seminar for that. After a long, sweaty summer, some firms in a nation renowned for its cleanliness are declaring all out war on an office plague known as "smell harassment". Telling a...
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan has charged three foreigners over a $2.6 million cyberheist that used malware to hack into a major local bank's ATM network, prosecutors said Tuesday, adding that they were seeking 12-year jail terms. The attack, the first...
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's military courts will still hear some 500 ongoing cases against civilians, a senior junta official said Tuesday, a day after the regime announced an end to the controversial practice. A 2014 coup ushered in one of...
Beijing (AFP) - China's industrial output growth accelerated in August, government statistics showed Tuesday, exceeding expectations in an encouraging sign for the world's second-largest economy. Industrial production rose 6.3 percent year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, faster than July's...
Seoul (South Korea) (AFP) - North Korea is experiencing a "major and complex disaster" the Red Cross has warned, after floods killed scores of people and left tens of thousands in need of urgent help. Rescue workers are struggling to...
Seoul (AFP) - A powerful 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern region of South Korea Monday evening, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, following an earlier quake of 4.9-magnitude. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) put the second tremor higher than USGS,...
Bangkok (AFP) - Civilians accused of royal defamation and other security offences will no longer be tried in military courts, the junta said Monday, rolling back a heavily-criticised practice introduced after their 2014 coup. Since the coup, breaches of a...
Davao (Philippines) (AFP) - President Rodrigo Duterte ratcheted up his feud with the United States on Monday, ordering all American special forces out of the southern Philippines where they have been advising local troops battling Muslim extremists. Duterte's order came...
Kabul (AFP) - Afghanistan is close to signing a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, in a landmark accord that could pave the way for the notorious warlord's political return after years in hiding. Hekmatyar, who...
Seoul (AFP) - The death toll from severe flooding in a North Korean border region has risen to 133 with another 395 missing and tens of thousands left homeless, the UN said. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test. "An additional test could be...
Beijing (AFP) - China and Russia were to start war games in the South China Sea on Monday, Beijing's defence ministry said, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the...
Tehran (AFP) - A senior Iranian military commander on Sunday dismissed claims from Washington that US patrol ships have been harassed by Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf, saying Tehran acted according to international law. "Iranian boats continue to act...
Manila (AFP) - The bloody crime war that has claimed nearly 3,000 lives in the Philippines in just two months was dubbed a "success" on Sunday by a spokesman for controversial President Rodrigo Duterte. Martin Andanar insisted many of those...
Tokyo (AFP) - Four Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said Sunday, as Tokyo attempts to engage with Beijing to press North Korea over its latest nuclear test. The four coastguard...
Srinagar (India) (AFP) - A police officer and four militants were killed in separate incidents Sunday in Indian administered-Kashmir as hundreds of residents clashed with security forces in the region hit by weeks of deadly unrest. Indian soldiers shot and...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea demanded Sunday that the United States recognise it as a "legitimate nuclear weapons state" following its fifth and largest atomic test. "(President Barack) Obama is trying hard to deny the DPRK's (North Korea's) strategic position...
Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh firefighters were struggling on Sunday to search a packaging factory following a major blaze that killed 25 people amid fears more bodies could still be inside the destroyed building. Around 100 people were working at the...
Beijing (AFP) - Days after Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong died 40 years ago the problem of what to do with his corpse was becoming increasingly heated -- literally. Mao himself had requested cremation, but powerful officials including his...
Seoul (AFP) - Floods have damaged tens of thousands of buildings in northeastern North Korea after the worst downpour there for decades, state media said on Sunday, urging all soldiers and civilians to join a drive to help victims. The...
Taipei (AFP) - The deadly bus crash in Taiwan that killed an entire Chinese tour group was caused by a "suicidal" driver who intentionally set the vehicle on fire, investigators said Saturday. Authorities had earlier said the driver Su Ming-cheng...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Saturday sought to justify its weapons programme as a defence against US nuclear "blackmail" as world powers debated ways to punish Pyongyang for its fifth and most powerful atomic test. South Korea said the...
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