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At least six dead in 12-hour Taliban siege at luxury Kabul hotel

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least six people including a Ukrainian, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/21 23:13:39

Paying homage

Indian students wear face masks and attire of Indian scholar monk Swami Vivekananda (1863 – 1902) at a rally to mark his birth anniversary in Chennai on Saturday. Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk, is considered a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India and was a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/21 22:24:14

Rainy remembrance

Japanese mourners protect candles from the rain as they commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake at a park in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on Wednesday. More than 6,400 people were killed in the massive earthquake which hit near Kobe, Japan in 1995. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/17 23:48:39

Two sides to form joint women's ice hockey team

North Korea agreed Wednesday to send a 550-member delegation to next month's Winter Games in the South.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/17 23:38:39

Philippine province raises calamity alert over eruption

A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-kilometer radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/17 22:08:39

Netanyahu in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose for photographers after Netanyahu arrived at the Air Force Station in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/14 23:13:39

Thai authorities seize 34 pieces of smuggled ivory in Bangkok

Thai authorities have seized 34 pieces of smuggled ivory, weighing about 148 kilograms with an estimated value of 15 million Thai baht (about 3.03 million RMB). (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/13 16:20:04

IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

Middle-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic State (IS) group's expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan's restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital one of the deadliest places in the country.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/11 23:03:41

Delhi eyes novel ways to battle smog

Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India's capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/9 20:23:39

Colorful finish

Runners celebrate at the finish line during the Color Manila Run in Pasay City, south of Manila, the Philippines, on Sunday. According to the organizers, more than 10,000 runners participated in the 5-kilometer, un-timed marathon in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2018/1/7 21:18:39

India restricts daily visits to Taj Mahal to preserve iconic 17th century monument

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in order to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/3 22:58:39

Dreary days ahead

An Indian woman crosses a track as a train waits amid heavy smog at Sahibabad station in Ghaziabad, some 25 kilometers east of New Delhi, on Monday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/1 23:13:39

Indonesian mass wedding ceremony

A groom kisses his bride during a mass wedding ceremony held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. Hundreds of couples took part in the ceremony held by the city government to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2018/1/1 22:23:40

Foggy festivities

People walk on the Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, where visibility is significantly reduced by a thick fog, on Sunday. Foggy conditions on Christmas Eve have also forced several cancellations and delays at South Korea's main gateway. Photo: IC
Source: IC | 2017/12/24 23:08:39

Fire engulfs sports center killing 29 in Jecheon

At least 29 people were killed and 26 injured Thursday in a major blaze at a fitness center building in the South Korean city of Jecheon, officials said, in one of the country's deadliest fire disasters.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/21 23:33:40

Philippine ferry capsizes in bad weather, four killed

A Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday off an island near the capital, Manila, a coastguard spokesman said, and media reported four people had been killed and 140 rescued.
Source: Reuters | 2017/12/21 22:23:39

Footage goes viral of tiger maltreated in Thailand zoo

A Thai zoo in Pattaya has sparked outrage after a video of staff repeatedly prodding a tiger to elicit roars for tourist photos went viral, renewing criticism of the kingdom's notorious animal tourism industry.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/21 22:18:39

S.Korea US drills may be postponed ahead of Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-In has proposed delaying annual joint military exercises with the US in an attempt to ease tensions with the nuclear-armed North during next year's Winter Olympics.
Source: Agencies-Global Times | 2017/12/20 23:55:45