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Hand in hand

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) poses with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a ceremony at Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey on Wednesday. Abbott is visiting Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI’s Gallipoli campaign.
Source: AFP | 2015/4/23 0:38:01

TransAsia to retest all pilots after crash

TransAsia Airways has been ordered by Taiwan's aviation authority to retest all its pilots due to a "relatively high" failure rate.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/3/11 15:00:36

Terrorists will not hijack our faith: King of Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan called on Muslims Tuesday to join the fight against the so-called Islamic State during a speech at the European Parliament (EP).
Source: Xinhua | 2015/3/11 14:06:32

74 militants killed, 49 injured in Afghanistan

About 74 Taliban militants have been killed as security forces carried out cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/3/10 14:26:13

Workers of Colombo port city project urge government to lift suspension

The gates leading to a multi- billion-dollar Port City project in the capital Colombo now remains closed following a temporary suspension by the new Sri Lankan government last week.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/3/10 13:46:14

Chinese school to be re-opened in eastern India city

At a time when bilateral trade, cultural and tourism exchanges between India and China are going up, a Chinese school in India's eastern state of West Bengal is likely to see revival.
Source: Xinhua | 2015/3/10 11:37:54

Jordan proposes captive swap

Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in 2005 suicide bomb attacks if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State (IS) was released.
Source: Reuters | 2015/1/29 0:13:01

Security ‘nightmare’ for Philippine papal visit

Philippine troops are facing a security "nightmare" during Pope Francis's visit starting Thursday, with potential stampedes, Islamic militants and lone-wolf assailants all ­concerns.
Source: AFP | 2015/1/15 0:13:01

Snowden awarded Russian private literary prize

Fugitive US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden was awarded a private literary prize in Moscow, Russia on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2014/10/28 11:12:59

Tempest’s sting

High waves surge toward the port in Kawaminami, Miyazaki Prefecture on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu Monday. At least one person is missing and dozens were injured as Typhoon Vongfong churned northward.
Source: AFP – CFP | 2014/10/14 0:33:01

Modi on the move

Ever since he came to power in May this year on the back of a thumping majority, India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has surprised all with his proactive foreign policy – reaching out to neighbors, interacting with major powers, including the US and China, appealing to foreign countries to “Come, Make in India,” but also drawing the red lines where the interests of the country are concerned.
Source: Global Times | 2014/9/16 0:03:01

Modi govt cleaning house

New vigor is sweeping through government offices in Delhi under the Narendra Modi government, which took over barely two months ago.
Source: Global Times | 2014/7/29 0:53:01

Japanese androids seek to cross the ‘uncanny valley’

A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.
Source: AFP | 2014/7/16 23:18:02

Enduring the unendurable

When steel worker Huh Hong-hwan heard his teenaged daughter might be trapped in a sinking ferry, he didn’t hesitate.
Source: AFP | 2014/7/14 23:33:01

The times, they are a-changing

Yashpal Mor grew up watching men in his village stay single rather than defy the rules of the traditional council which controls Indian rural life with an iron grip.
Source: AFP | 2014/7/9 23:18:01

Garbage for healthcare

Mahmud hauls bags full of rubbish to the small, dilapidated clinic next to a busy road on Indonesia’s main island of Java several times a month.
Source: AFP | 2014/6/19 0:18:01

BJP leader to be India’s next PM?

A Hindu nationalist who once sold tea at a railway station to make ends meet is emerging as the hot favorite in the race to be the next prime minister of India, a country that prides itself on its secular credentials. But 63-year-old Narendra Modi’s problematic political history and an anti-Muslim image, which are shaping the critical discourse around him, may cast a shadow on the rise of the most controversial Indian politician, who is a known hard taskmaster and has earned the knack of getting development done efficiently.
Source: Global Times | 2014/5/5 23:43:01

Turtle disaster

Coastal erosion and climate change have forced hundreds of thousands of endangered olive ridley marine turtles to skip this breeding season at Odisha’s Gahirmatha beach, one of their favorite destinations for mass nesting. But the question is, if they skip Gahitmatha, is it just for this year or forever?
Source: Global Times | 2014/4/28 23:58:01