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Can Indonesia avoid repeat of 2015 haze crisis?

As another outbreak of forest fires in Indonesia sends harmful smoke drifting across parts of Southeast Asia, researchers and environmental activists have urged Jakarta to step up efforts to prevent a repeat of the last major haze crisis in 2015.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/7 18:38:40

Evidence of 'Herculean' parrot found in New Zealand

The remains of a super-sized parrot that stood more than half the height of an average human and roamed the Earth 19 million years ago have been discovered in New Zealand.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/7 18:23:43

Japan's Hiroshima marks 74th atomic bomb anniversary

Hiroshima, the Japanese city hit by a US atomic bomb at the end of the World War II, marked the 74th anniversary of the bombing on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/7 13:11:55

ASEAN to place preventive measures against transboundary haze

Environment officials from Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand on Tuesday called for timely actions by relevant national and regional agencies within the ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) sub-regional bloc to prevent land and forest fires and haze pollution.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/7 11:47:12

DPRK top leader watches demonstration fire of new-type tactical guided missiles: KCNA

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), watched the demonstration fire of new-type tactical guided missiles at daybreak Tuesday, sending an adequate warning to the US-South Korea joint military drill underway, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/7 10:21:07

Washington's missile plan sparks concerns

China is very concerned about plans by the US to develop and test a land based intermediate-range missile in the Pacific region after the US' withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/8/6 22:43:40

Deadly mines

A soldier stacks anti-personnel mines before a controlled detonation at the official Destruction Ceremony of Thailand's Retained Anti-Personnel Mines 2019 event organized by the Royal Thai Armed Forces, in Sa Kaeo on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/6 22:28:40

In parched central India, no water means no wife

Ram Hetu was sure his 16th proposal would finally secure him a wife, but it didn't - just like all his other attempts to find a partner in central India's Bundelkhand region, where years of drought and water scarcity are keeping possible brides at bay.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/6 18:28:40

Japan urged to sign UN nuke ban

The mayor of Hiroshima urged Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city on Tuesday marked 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/6 18:18:42

Japan's Hiroshima marks 74th atomic bomb anniversary

Hiroshima, a Japanese city hit by a US atomic bomb at the end of World War II, marked the 74th anniversary of the bombing on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/6 14:00:07

DPRK fires two short-range projectiles into eastern waters: S. Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired two short-range projectiles into its eastern waters early Tuesday, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/6 10:27:52

Singaporean Embassy celebrates 54th National Day

The Singaporean Embassy in China marked Singapore's 54th National Day in Beijing on Thursday, drawing the participation of several hundred guests.
Source: Global Times | 2019/8/6 8:10:58

DPRK fires unidentified projectiles -- Yonhap news agency

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired unidentified projectiles off its east coast early Tuesday local time, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/6 7:13:25

S.Korea, US begin joint annual military exercises despite harsh N.Korea criticism

The combined forces of South Korea and the US "actually" began their joint annual military exercises on Monday amid North Korea's harsh criticism against it, according to local media reports.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/5 21:28:42

Australia rules out hosting US missiles: PM

Australia on Monday ruled out hosting ground-based US missiles after talks with Washington's top defense and diplomatic officials.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/5 20:33:41

Slick work

Officers move oil into sacks at Sedari Beach in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia on Sunday. The leak originated in northwestern Java at an offshore rig belonging to state oil company Pertamina. The spill already polluted seven beaches in West Java and at least 10 nearby villages.
Source: VCG | 2019/8/5 20:28:40

Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

The New Zealand government released long-awaited plans on Monday to overhaul its abortion laws, so that a termination is treated as a health issue and a woman's choice rather than a crime.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/5 18:18:40

Japan car sales plunge in S.Korea

Sales of Japanese-branded autos in South Korea slumped in July amid a worsening diplomatic row between the two countries that has led to consumer boycotts and efforts by Seoul to cut the economy's reliance on imports from Japan.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/5 18:13:42