London (AFP) - Military tensions on the Korean peninsula should not prevent the nuclear-armed North sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South, according to the head of the Games organising committee Lee Hee-Beom. The former diplomat...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran criticised new US sanctions on its missile programme on Thursday, saying they would undermine the nuclear deal with world powers.  "Iran condemns the US administration's ill will in its effort to reduce the positive results of the...
Shanghai (AFP) - Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype. The China Education and Research Network, which...
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila's ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite...
Jaipur (India) (AFP) - A wall crashed down on an Indian wedding party during a storm killing at least 24 people including four children and injuring many more, police said Thursday. The concrete wall fell on guests who had taken...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea's new president was sworn in on Wednesday, just a day after a landslide election victory, and immediately declared his willingness to visit Pyongyang amid high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former...
Seoul (AFP) - The projected winner of South Korea's presidential election is a former special forces soldier, pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer. An exit poll forecast a landslide victory for left-leaning Moon Jae-In of the Democratic Party, giving him...
Seoul (AFP) - Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea's presidential election by a landslide Tuesday, according to an exit poll, sealing the momentum for change after a tumultuous scandal. The ballot was called to choose a...
Jakarta (AFP) - Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Islamic hardliners outside the...
Seoul (AFP) - South Koreans went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Voters have been galvanised by...
Seoul (AFP) - A foreign-funded university in North Korea confirmed Monday the arrest of a US citizen -- the second person linked to the school held in two weeks amid tensions on the peninsula. The detention of Kim Hak-Song means...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea has detained another US citizen for committing "hostile acts," it said Sunday, its second arrest of an American in a fortnight with tensions high between Pyongyang and Washington. The arrest of Kim Hak-Song means that...
Labuan Bajo (Indonesia) (AFP) - A komodo dragon, one of the world's largest lizards, attacked a tourist in Indonesia who was trying to photograph the giant creatures feasting on a goat, police said Thursday. Singaporean Loh Lee Aik, 67, was...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korean and Chinese media were at loggerheads Thursday after Pyongyang's official news agency issued a rare and stinging denunciation of its chief ally and diplomatic backer. Beijing should be grateful to Pyongyang for its protection, said...
Tehran (AFP) - An explosion at a mine in northern Iran on Wednesday left at least 26 workers trapped in a mile-long tunnel filled with gas that hampered rescue efforts, media reports said. The coal mine in Golestan province collapsed...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte failed to condemn China's push to control most of the disputed South China Sea on Sunday after hosting a regional summit, handing Beijing a political victory. A day after taking centre stage as...
San Francisco (AFP) - An American woman convicted of espionage this week has been deported by China, a human rights group that campaigned for her release said Saturday, removing a source of tensions between Washington and Beijing. Sandy Phan-Gillis was...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions. The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just...
Phuket (Thailand) (AFP) - The distraught Thai mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police. The...
Beijing (AFP) - China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked...
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