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Malaysia in talks with firm on MH370 hunt

Malaysia is negotiating with a US firm to resume the hunt for missing flight MH370, a minister said Thursday, in news welcomed by the widow of one of those who had been on board.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/19 23:23:40

Labour Party New Zealand PM expected to change policies

New Zealand will get its youngest prime minister in more than 150 years after the nationalist New Zealand First Party agreed to form a new government with Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, ending the National Party's decade in power.
Source: Reuters | 2017/10/19 22:18:39

Race against time

Firefighters race to contain a fire at Kandawgyi Palace hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on early Thursday morning. One foreign guest was killed and two others, a firefighter and a woman from China’s Macau Special Administrative Region, were injured in the tragedy, the managing director of Htoo Group of Companies that runs the hotel, confirmed.
Source: VCG | 2017/10/19 22:13:40

Cave found on moon, could house astronauts: scientists

Scientists at Japan's space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings, officials said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/19 22:13:39

S.Korea to send deputy nuke envoy to Russia, possible to encounter DPRK diplomat

South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday that it will send a deputy nuclear envoy for the currently stalled six-party talks to a Russia-hosted forum, where a senior Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) diplomat would reportedly participate.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 17:41:32

5.6-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Amami-oshima island, Osumi Peninsula in S. Japan: JMA

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off the coast of Amami-oshima island, south of the main Kagoshima Prefecture area in the middle of the Amami Island chain and Osumi Peninsula on Thursday, the weather agency said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 17:40:16

Fire breaks out at shopping mall in India's Mumbai

A fire broke out at a shopping mall in India's financial capital Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 13:47:29

1 killed, 2 injured in lakeside hotel fire in Myanmar's Yangon

One foreign guest was killed and two others injured in a huge fire that broke out in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, a famous one on the Kandawgyi lakeside in Yangon early Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 13:11:35

Flood, landslide fatalities in Vietnam surge to 77

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Vietnam's northern and central regions since early last week have killed 77 local people.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 13:11:08

Huge fire breaks out in lakeside hotel in Myanmar's Yangon

A huge fire broke out in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, a famous hotel on the Kandawgyi lakeside in Yangon, almost burning down the whole hotel building early Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/19 9:52:53

Suicide explosion

Pakistani investigators collect evidence after a suicide blast on the outskirts of Quetta on Wednesday. At least six people were killed and many wounded in an apparent suicide blast targeting a police vehicle during the morning rush hour in Pakistan’s restive southwest early Wednesday, officials said.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/18 23:08:39

Cambodian PM defends ongoing legal actions against opposition leader, party

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday defended the government's legal actions against main opposition leader Kem Sokha and his party.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/18 13:40:29

UN official observes ruined villages in Myanmar as Rohingya refugees hit 582,000

The number of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh hit 582,000 people over the weekend as a senior UN official toured by air "dozens of burned and destroyed villages" they had fled from in Myanmar.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/18 10:53:52

China tells Abe to reflect on past aggression after Yasukuni visit

China on Tuesday told Japan to squarely face and reflect on its past aggression, following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ritual offering to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 23:03:39

Duterte declares Marawi city ‘liberated’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared a southern city "liberated from terrorists' influence" but the military said the five-month battle against militants loyal to the Islamic State group was not yet over.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/17 21:43:39

Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand's most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/17 21:38:40

3 firms offer to look for MH370

Malaysia said Tuesday three companies have offered to resume the search for flight MH370 but no decision has been reached on whether to take up any of the proposals, a minister said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/17 21:38:39

Philippine President Duterte declares liberation of Marawi city from terrorists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared victory over Islamic State (IS)-linked extremists that took over the southern city of Marawi in May, ending nearly five months of fierce fighting that have killed more than 1,000 people and displaced thousands.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 18:15:23