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Nepal reinstates $2.5b hydropower deal with Chinese firm

Nepal has reinstated a deal with a Chinese State-owned ­company to build a $2.5 billion hydroelectric plant scrapped by the previous government, ­officials confirmed on ­Monday, as the new administration seeks massive infrastructure investment.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/24 23:13:39

Indonesian teen survives 7 weeks at sea, rescued 2,500 km from Guam

An Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift at sea after his tiny ­fishing trap lost its moorings and ended up some 2,500 kilometers away in waters near the Pacific island of Guam, his ­family said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/24 23:03:40

Malaysia foils high-seas smuggling bid

A pair of young orangutans, baby crocodiles and rare birds were among over 400 animals rescued from a boat off Malaysia as they were being smuggled from neighboring Indonesia, officials said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/24 23:03:40

EU palm oil ban sows bitter seeds for Southeast Asian farmers

Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/24 18:27:04

Opposition candidate wins Maldives presidential polls: Elections Commission

The Maldives Elections Commission on Monday said that according to provisional results from the presidential polls, opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had won the election after securing 58.3 percent votes.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/24 14:17:35

Modi launches health insurance scheme 'Ayushman Bharat'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched an ambitious health insurance scheme "Ayushman Bharat" for the poor and the downtrodden.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/24 11:47:22

Death toll in two major Philippine landslides climbs to 95, 59 still missing

The death toll in the two major landslides that struck the Philippines last week has climbed to 95, authorities said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/24 9:27:36

Koreas improve relations, await US response in denuke talks

During a three-day summit this week in Pyongyang, leaders of the two Koreas agreed to continue talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and take steps toward creating a lasting peace on the peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/22 12:06:02

Pompeo hopes to travel to Pyongyang soon for Trump-Kim meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that he hopes to travel to Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) soon to prepare for the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/22 9:55:17

US says DPRK's denuclearization has to come first

The US State Department on Thursday said the denuclearization of Pyongyang has to come first before the US side gives any corresponding reciprocal measures.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/21 14:47:18

Vietnamese president dies of illness

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday morning in a hospital in Hanoi at the age of 61, after a long time of illness, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/21 13:23:03

DPRK leader hopes to rapidly hold 2nd summit with Trump: S.Korean president

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), had expressed his hope to rapidly hold his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump during the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/21 1:37:07

Abe on course for another term as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a comfortable re-election as leader of his ruling party on Thursday, setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier.
Source: AFP-Global Times | 2018/9/20 22:23:41

Hacking attack runs away with $60 million in virtual money

Bitcoin and other digital currency worth around 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) has been stolen in Japan following a hacking attack, a virtual exchange operator said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:18:41

Desperate search

Residents dig amid the rubble as they help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, Camarines Sur, the Philippines on Thursday. At least three people were killed and 10 homes buried when heavy monsoon rains unleashed a landslide in a rural farming community, authorities said.
Source: VCG | 2018/9/20 22:13:43

Malaysia charges ex-PM Najib's lawyer with money laundering

A lawyer representing former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged with money laundering on Thursday, as anti-corruption agents try to retrieve billions of dollars siphoned off from a scandal-plagued state fund.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/20 22:13:42

Japan's Abe wins 3rd consecutive term as ruling party president

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a third consecutive term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Thursday, which will give him a chance to become the longest-serving prime minister in postwar Japan.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/20 14:45:06

Myanmar's 9th parliament session concludes

Myanmar's ninth union parliament session concluded late Wednesday, with a report on the current work of the government presented by U Kyaw Tint Swe, minister of the Office of the State Counselor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/20 13:26:54