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Cooperation with China mutually beneficial, sustainable: expert

China's cooperation with Pacific island countries centers on development and mutual benefit rather than geopolitical strategic ambition or competition with the US, said Chinese experts on Monday. Some from the West have been questioning the sustainability of the cooperation and China's intention, as China and the island nations held an economic development forum.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/21 23:18:40

Australian papers censor front pages in press freedom campaign

Newspapers across Australia ran heavily redacted front pages on Monday in protest against government secrecy and a crackdown on press freedom, a rare show of unity in a fractious media landscape.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/21 20:33:45

Towering support: giant food cone erected for Indonesia inauguration

Supporters of Indonesia's re-elected president showed their devotion Sunday by erecting a seven-meter tumpeng, a towering rendition of the country's popular cone-shaped dish.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/21 17:30:53

Indonesian president vows to improve human resources, infrastructure in 2nd term

Indonesia President Joko Widodo said on Sunday that he would focus on human resources development, continuing the infrastructure development and simplifying bureaucracy to attain development programs in his second presidential term.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/21 9:12:00

Widodo faces test on reform credentials in second term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in on Sunday for a second five-year term leading the world's third-biggest democracy, after an election dominated by economic issues but also the growing influence of conservative Islam.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/20 22:43:41

Longest non-stop passenger flight arrives in Sydney

The longest non-stop passenger flight touched down in Australia Sunday morning after more than 19 hours in the air, a milestone journey from New York that Qantas hopes to parlay into commercial success.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/20 19:18:39

Cambodia marks World Food Day, reiterates commitment to zero hunger by 2030

Cambodia and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the World Food Day in Pursat province on Saturday, reiterating commitment to eradicate hunger in the kingdom by 2030.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/20 10:10:32

Years-long conflict continues to breed poverty in Yemen

Homeless Yemenis are struggling to get basic needs such as clean drinking water and food who eagerly wish a cessation of the years-long deadly conflict in their homeland.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/19 12:51:48

Surprise performance

Members of the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child perform outside the Harry Potter Concept store in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Warner Brothers has teamed up with the Myer department store to unveil the country's largest Harry Potter concept shop.
Source: IC | 2019/10/18 22:13:40

Japan to dispatch own self-defense troops to Strait of Hormuz

Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defence troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the US-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, the Asahi newspaper reported.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/18 22:03:40

Abe's shrine offering sparks criticism again

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, prompting China and South Korea to call on Japan to reflect on its wartime actions.
Source: Global Times - Reuters | 2019/10/17 21:33:41

Rescue drill

Members of Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) rescue volunteers acting as refugees during a joint exercise on handling boat people in waters off Banda Aceh on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:48:43

Japan to delay major imperial parade over typhoon: report

Japan plans to postpone a major imperial parade celebrating the new emperor's ascension to the throne after nearly 80 people were killed in a devastating typhoon, local media said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:43:42

Philippine earthquake

Residents study a crack left the night before by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Three children were among four people killed after the powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippines, authorities said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 20:38:40

Thai meth swallowers sentenced to 16 years

Two Thai men were sentenced to heavy 16-year jail terms in Indonesia on Wednesday after swallowing a kilogram of methamphetamine in a foiled drug smuggling bid.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/17 19:23:40

Japan's Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine, with cabinet minister paying visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/17 10:03:40

Japan to use 6.5 million USD from reserves to finance post-typhoon disaster relief

Japan will use around 710 million yen (6.5 million dollars) from the national budget's 2019 reserve fund to help finance disaster relief efforts following a powerful typhoon over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/16 22:10:30

Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

When a river in Japan's Fukushima prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/16 19:58:41