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Philippines leader likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

Philippines leader likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would ‘be happy’ to exterminate…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers

Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are ‘stealing jobs from Thais’, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
HK marks 2nd anniv of ‘Umbrella Revolution’

HK marks 2nd anniv of ‘Umbrella Revolution’

Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters holding yellow umbrellas held three minutes’ silence outside the city’s government offices Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of mass protests challenging Beijing…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China urges Pakistan, India to solve differences over disputed Kashmir

China on Wednesday called on Pakistan and India to solve their differences over Kashmir, as tensions mount between the nuclear-armed neighbours after an attack killed 18 Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
Explosion kills 19 in China coal mine

Explosion kills 19 in China coal mine

Chinese authorities blamed illegal mining activities for a gas explosion at a coal mine that killed 19 people and left one other miner missing…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

12 Afghan soldiers killed in ‘insider attack’

As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called ‘insider attack’…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Typhoon Megi kills 4 in Taiwan

The third typhoon to hit Taiwan in two weeks killed four people and injured scores Tuesday, bringing violent winds and heavy rain as schools and offices closed…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

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…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China assures Pakistan support in event of foreign ‘aggression’

China has assured Pakistan of its support in the event of any foreign ‘aggression’ and also supported the country’s stance on the Kashmir dispute, a Pakistani media report has said, reports NDTV…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
World’s largest radio telescope begins operating in China

World’s largest radio telescope begins operating in China

The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

N Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions

Just weeks after carrying out its fifth nuclear test, North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display Saturday at the country’s first ever public aviation show…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

China chemical accidents cause 199 deaths

China had 232 chemical-related accidents from January to August this year, causing 199 deaths and 400 injuries, according to research from the environmental group Greenpeace published on Wednesday…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

N Korea hails ‘successful’ test of new rocket engine

North Korea has successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine, state media said Tuesday, a move Seoul said was designed to showcase its progress towards being able to target the US east coast…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
North Korea rocket engine test ‘a success’

North Korea rocket engine test ‘a success’

North Korea has carried out a ‘successful’ ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, state media says.
Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, asked scientists and engineers to make preparations for a satellite launch as soon as possible, KCNA reported…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Clashes in Myanmar threaten rebel peace bid

At least eight people have been killed and thousands displaced by clashes in southeast Myanmar, rebels and border forces said Monday, violence that threatens to undercut the new government’s push for peace…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Japanese bachelors learn the art of parenting to help find wives

Japanese bachelors looking for love can now learn child-rearing skills to boost their chances of finding a partner.
The new, all-male ‘ikumen’ course teaches men how to bathe and dress a baby and also helps them understand…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Southeast Asian haze crisis killed over 100,000: study

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’…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

Japan trying to ‘confuse’ S China Sea situation: China

China on Monday accused Japan of trying to ‘confuse’ the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbour said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International
Russian president Vladimir Putin and prime minister and chairman of the United Russia party Dmitry Medvedev visit the party's campaign headquarters following a parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia, September 18, 2016. -- Reuters photo

Pro-Putin party wins Russian parliamentary election

Allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday, but low turnout suggested a softening of enthusiasm…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

12 dead in Thailand as tourist boat capsizes

At least 12 people have died and dozens are missing in Thailand after a boat carrying 150 Thai Muslims capsized in the ancient tourist city of Ayutthaya, officials said on Sunday…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · Asia-Pacific, International

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