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Civil defense drill held in Seoul

South Korean security members participate in a civil defense drill in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Aug. 23, 2017. The defense drill associates with the South Korea-US Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/24 15:02:35

3 more die in 3 days in Myanmar due to swine flu

Three more people have died of seasonal influenza A/H1N1-2009, also known as swine flu, over the past three days, bringing the total death toll to 33 as of Wednesday, official media reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/24 10:50:48

Myanmar blames India for restricting pulses import quota

Myanmar has blamed India for surprisingly restricting the import of three major pulses from the country, saying that the move has plunged Myanmar's pulses industry into chaos, according to an official report Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/24 10:23:46

Mongolian lawmakers lodge petition to dismiss PM

Thirty Mongolian lawmakers from the ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) Wednesday submitted a signed collective petition demanding Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat step down.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/24 8:08:22

Search for sailors

Members of the Royal Malaysian Navy search for missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain off the Johor coast in Kota Tinggi, Johor. The US Navy confirmed Wednesday it had sacked the commander of its Seventh Fleet after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest of several accidents involving an American warship in Asian waters. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/8/23 23:38:39

North Korea presses rocket program

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of tension easing.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/23 22:53:39

Cambodia orders US NGO to close

Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American NGO and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/23 22:33:40

Nepal PM begins India visit, likely to call for peaceful resolution to standoff

Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba began his five-day visit to India on Wednesday amid an ongoing standoff between India and China over Doklam.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/23 20:58:39

China accuses Japan of devising excuses for increasing defense budget

China Wednesday urged Japan to take the security concerns of its Asian neighbors seriously and act prudently in military and security fields.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 20:41:50

A bittersweet competition: Australia's finest chocolate judged in Sydney

The Sydney Royal Chocolate Show concluded on Wednesday, with Australia's top chocolate tasters on hand to judge the nation's best.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 17:10:31

Malaysia celebrates birthday of giant pandas

Giant Panda Nuan Nuan celebrated its birthday on Wednesday with its parents in Malaysian, maybe for the last time before returning to China.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 17:09:57

DPRK top leader inspects ICBM rocket engines, warhead tips producing institute

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has inspected a solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips, including those for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), design and producing institute dedicated to the country's missile program, said official media Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 13:50:04

Moderate earthquake rocks Leyte in central Philippines

An earthquake of 5.1 magnitude rocked Leyte province in the central Philippines on Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 10:48:17

Iran denies joint operation with Turkey against PKK

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) denied on Tuesday that Iran has joint any operation with Turkey against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants outside the Iranian borders, state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 7:41:12

US welcomes DPRK's "restraint" on nuclear program

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday welcomed "some level of restraint" showed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with its nuclear program, seeing a possible pathway to a future talk between Washington and Pyongyang.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/23 7:39:38

Thailand bans baby formula ads to boost breast-feeding

Thailand is moving to ban advertisements for infant milk formula in a bid hailed as a major step for a country which has one of the world's lowest breast-feeding rates, but experts called for greater action to protect mothers' rights to do so.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/22 22:33:39

Ready for action

South Korean rescue members wearing chemical protective suits take part in an anti-terror drill at a subway station in Seoul on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a South Korea-US joint military exercise. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops are taking part in the “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/22 22:23:39

Malaysian says unidentified body found in search for missing US Navy crew

Malaysian Navy said Tuesday that an unidentified body was found in search for the missing crew of US guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, which collided with a tanker near the Straits of Malacca a day earlier.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/22 22:13:47