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Malaysia confirms 3 cases of novel coronavirus

Malaysian authorities said on Saturday that first three cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the southern Johor state bordering Singapore.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/25 15:22:47

Australia confirms first coronavirus case

A man has tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, which is the first case in the country, confirmed local health authorities on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/25 11:10:04

Chinese company gets Sri Lankan govt nod to process visas for Chinese tourists

's cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to allow a travel company based in China to process visas for Chinese tourists wanting to visit the island country, local media reported on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/24 16:11:05

S.Korea posts lowest growth in a decade

South Korea's economy expanded at its slowest pace for a decade last year, the central bank said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/22 20:53:40

Brazil establishes Amazon Council to protect rainforest

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday announced the creation of an Amazon Council and a National Environmental Force to safeguard the world's largest rainforest.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/22 9:18:56

Weather 'merry-go-round' poses risks for Australia

A “merry-go-round” of extreme weather was hampering efforts by firefighters in Australia to tackle unprecedented bushfires.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/21 20:48:41

Fukushima cleanup hastens

At the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, workers in protective suits are still removing radioactive material from reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out its power and cooling nearly nine years ago.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/21 18:58:40

Threat of volcanic eruption in Philippines could keep thousands displaced for weeks

The Philippine scientists advised thousands of displaced residents to stay clear of a 14-km danger zone around an erupting volcano despite a momentary lull in activity in recent days.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/21 8:10:01

South Korea court acquits executed man 71 years late

A South Korean court on Monday posthumously exonerated a man executed more than 70 years ago for assisting rebel forces, saying he had been wrongly convicted.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/20 22:48:41

Abe strikes conciliatory note on S.Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that South Korea was its “most important neighbor” and that the two shared basic values, taking a conciliatory tone toward the country that has been locked in a bitter row with Tokyo for over a year.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/20 22:18:42

No sex, no babies: S.Korea's emerging feminists reject marriage

No dating, no sex, no marriage and no babies: Two South Korean YouTubers who vow to stay single have caused uproar in the East Asian nation as it battles the world's lowest fertility rate.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/20 18:08:40

Australia boosts bushfire relief funds

Australia on Monday boosted emergency grants and loans for small businesses hit by bushfires that have ravaged the country during the peak tourist season, as firefighters used cooler weather to prepare for a return of hazardous fire conditions.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/20 17:58:40

North Korean foreign minister replaced in major reshuffle: report

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/19 22:18:40

Thai armed forces conduct first parade of troops before King

The Thai armed forces on Saturday conducted the first parade of troops before King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/19 8:12:45

Fires, floods threaten Aussie critters at iconic zoo

Just last week deadly bushfires bore down on the Australian Reptile Park, but on Friday, it was widespread flooding caused by a sudden downpour which threatened the zoo's residents.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/17 17:48:56

Iran's president says US sanctions make nation "stronger"

It's the Iranian nation who "dared to shower missiles" on the US troops in the Mideast, despite the US plots and pressures, said Iranian President Rouhani.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/17 0:00:29

Death toll in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir's avalanches rises to 76

Death toll of multiple avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir has risen to 76 while 53 injured people are being treated in various hospitals of the area, an official of the disaster management authority in the region said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/16 23:56:40

Singaporean information law receives 1st challenge

Singapore's controversial law against online misinformation was challenged in court for the first time on Thursday as concerns mount that it is being used to stifle criticism ahead of elections. The legislation gives authorities the power to order corrections placed next to posts they deem false.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/16 22:23:40