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1 dead after blast near mosque in Afghan city of Herat

A suicide attack near a Shi'ite mosque in the Western Afghan city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others, police and health officials said on Sunday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/25 23:13:40

Turkmenistan votes

A woman casts her ballot during the parliamentary elections in Turkmenistan on Sunday. A total of 284 candidates are competing for 125 seats in parliament. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/3/25 23:13:40

Abe apologizes again for causing anxiety, loss of confidence in his government

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a suspected cronyism scandal and cover-up, apologized again on Sunday for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his government.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/25 22:33:38

Myanmar's president quits, weakens Suu Kyi

Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 23:13:42

Kabul's fifth suicide bombing kills teens

A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, many of them teenagers, after detonating a device among a crowd of people in Kabul who were celebrating the Persian new year holiday, officials said.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 23:13:41

Vietnamese eatery keeps Obama 'bun cha' table

The table where former US president Barack Obama famously slurped noodles in downtown Hanoi has been preserved – chopsticks and all – under a glass box for eternity, in a move that has attracted legions of bemused diners to the once low-key eatery.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/21 21:48:40

Sri Lanka ends emergency as ethnic tension, riots subside

Sri Lanka's president announced Sunday he is lifting a nationwide state of emergency imposed 12 days ago to quell anti-Muslim riots in which three people died and hundreds of homes and shops were destroyed.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/18 21:48:39

Indonesia battles fake news as elections loom

Indonesia is battling a wave of fake news and online hate speech ahead of presidential elections in 2019, as a string of arrests underscore fears it could crack open social and religious fault lines in the world's largest Muslim-majority country.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/15 18:48:39

In memory of the missing

A child is seen having a plane drawn on his face at the 4th Annual MH370 Remembrance event at Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malasyia, on Saturday. The purpose of the event is to gather the people to stand in solidarity and commemorate four years since the MH370 disappeared with the loss of 239 lives on March 8, 2014. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/3/4 22:38:40

Long arm of the law

Police officers prepare to raid the Yamaguchi-gumi's headquarters in Kobe on Monday to look for evidence of fraudulent cash withdrawals from ATMs in 2016. Yamaguchi-gumi is Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate. Authorities said money was withdrawn simultaneously with forged cash cards from convenience store ATMs in 17 prefectures including Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2018/2/27 23:21:38

Traffic mayhem

Heavy Traffic jam takes place due to route diversions at the Sirhaul toll, in Gurgaon, India, on Monday. There was complete chaos at the Sirhaul toll plaza on Monday as route diversions were put in place by authorities on a trial basis the day before, which led to confusion among commuters. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/2/27 23:03:40

S.Korean president's approval rating rises on DPRK's participation in Winter Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose this week amid eased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, caused by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s participation in the Winter Olympics, a survey showed Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/23 17:52:02

2nd LD: S.Korean court sentences ousted president's confidante to 20 years in prison

A South Korean court on Tuesday sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in prison for multiple charges including abuse of power and extortion.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/13 16:15:01

Tragic aftermath

Soldiers wrap one of the five victims of a landslide in Maseng-Cijeruk-Bogor-West Java on Tuesday. The landslide was caused by heavy rain and the poor construction of the railway near houses built below. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/2/6 23:08:39

North Korean Olympic Games ferry tacks past sanctions

A North Korean ferry arrived in South Korea on Tuesday carrying a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics this week, taking advantage of a rare sanctions exemption from Seoul 16 years after its previous visit.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/6 22:48:40

S. Korean, US presidents talk over phone about Korean Peninsula, Winter Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump talked over phone about the Korean Peninsula issue and upcoming the Winter Olympics, the presidential Blue House said on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/3 22:52:33

Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll tops 100

Afghanistan Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabul topped 100 people and tensions remained high after insurgents struck in the city for the second time in a week.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/28 23:23:39

DPRK blasts US for unilateral sanctions that "pour cold water" on peninsula crisis

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) on Saturday accused the United States of issuing more unilateral sanctions against the DPRK recently, which serve to "pour cold water" on the entire Korean Peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/27 20:17:34