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N.Korean diplomat expected to meet former US officials in Finland

A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former US and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible US-North Korean summit.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/18 23:23:40

Nepal to organize intl expo on adventure tourism, mountaineering

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is organizing an international expo on adventure tourism and mountaineering in Kathmandu on March 23-25 with the aim of promoting Nepal as the adventure hub of Asia.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 22:25:49

Ducking the question

An Australian swimming club is appealing for ocean watchers to find their giant yellow inflatable duck Daphne on Sunday, after the mascot was blown into the Indian Ocean with reported sightings hundreds of kilometers from where it was launched. The duck, owned by Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, was last seen at Perth's Coogee Beach on March 11. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/3/18 21:53:40

Pakistan reiterates support for Afghan president's peace initiative

Pakistan's National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua, who held talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul on Saturday, reiterated on Sunday the country's full support to President Ashraf Ghani's recent dialogue offer to the Taliban insurgents.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 21:17:10

Abe cabinet's approval rating plunges amid scandal: polls

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has plunged again amid renewed attention on a cronyism scandal implicating Abe and his wife Akie, multiple media polls have showed.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 21:14:18

Thailand holds annual ceremony to boost Thai boxing, tourism

Thailand's central Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand held the annual Wai Khru Muay Thai ceremony, during which 1,260 Thai boxing learners around the world came here to pay respect to Thai boxing masters.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 18:41:17

ASEAN, Australia to boost cooperation on security, trade

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia on Sunday agreed to enhance cooperation in security, trade and business at a special summit in Sydney.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 17:49:10

DPRK FM concludes visit to Sweden discussing security issues

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho concluded three-day-visit to Sweden for talks on security situation on the Korean peninsula, the Swedish government said on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/18 7:53:31

Death toll rises to 10 in plane crash in Philippines

Ten people were killed after a six-seater light plane crashed into a house in northern Philippines on Saturday, authorities said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/17 19:58:01

US hosts meetings with ROK, Japan to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on Friday met separately with South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers to coordinate stances in preparation for the upcoming Trump-Kim meeting.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/17 14:27:54

Abe, gov't in hot water as more evidence comes to light about state's influence in shady Moritomo deal

Along with the admission this week that the Finance Ministry knowingly tampered with government documents to distance itself from a cronyism scandal involving the cut-price sale of state land to a nationalist school operator, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now under further scrutiny following the latest revelations from a contractor connected to the shady deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/17 9:04:52

Fierce opposition

Protesters denounce Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso over a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal, near Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Friday. The signs say, “Quit, Abe cabinet!” Experts said current scandal could erode Abe's support within the LDP. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/3/16 23:53:39

S. Korea to seek high-level talks with DPRK in late March for inter-Korean summit preparation: Blue House

South Korea will seek to hold high-level talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) later this month to prepare for the agreed inter-Korean summit, the Blue House said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/16 21:12:18

Australian PM stresses need for free trade

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday stressed the need for his country and its neighbors to embrace free trade and not close the door to markets.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/16 14:22:19

DPRK FM leaves for Sweden

Ri Yong Ho, foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here on Thursday for Sweden, said its official media Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/16 10:58:31

Myanmar returns confiscated land to farmers in eastern state

Myanmar government has returned some 385 acres (156 hectares) of land out of 1,081 acres, confiscated by the Ministry of Defense, to 82 farmers in Tachileik, the country's eastern Shan state, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/16 10:57:36

DPRK daily steps up condemnation of Japan for past crime of sex slavery

An official media outlet of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday amplified its condemnation of Japan for its record of forcing Korean women to be sex slaves.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/16 8:52:06

N.Korea envoy visits Sweden, summit venue still uncertain

A North Korean envoy began a visit to Sweden amid speculations about the venue of the announced meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/15 22:53:40