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Jakarta's 'Ahok' seeks review of conviction

Jakarta's former governor, a Christian convicted of insulting Islam, sought a judicial review of his case on Monday, as several hundred of his supporters and hardline Islamist protesters gathered outside a court in the Indonesian capital.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/26 23:18:40

New deputy leader for Australia after sex scandal forces party shake-up

The junior partner in Australia's coalition government elected as its new leader on Monday a former newspaper editor who takes over as deputy prime minister after an embarrassing sex scandal threatened a decades-old conservative alliance.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/26 22:53:39

Hazing of new students 'incredibly high' at Australian universities: report

New students in major Australian universities are subjected to violent hazing rituals, a report said Monday as its authors called for the practice to be criminalized to protect victims against injury or death.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/26 22:38:40

Major quake hits PNG, cuts oil and gas operations

At least one company began evacuating non-essential personnel after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea's energy-rich interior on Monday, causing landslides, damaging buildings and closing oil and gas operations.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/26 22:38:39

Chief DPRK delegate says doors open for talks with US: S. Korea

Kim Yong Chol, chief delegate of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) who came here Sunday to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, said Monday that doors are open for a dialogue with the United States, according to Yonhap news agency and Newsis news agency.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 17:59:34

DPRK athletes, cheerleaders return home after Winter Olympics

Athletes and cheerleaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) returned home Monday as the 23rd Winter Olympic Games ended the previous day, according to Seoul's unification ministry.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 13:52:05

Beijing 2022 presentation at closing ceremony for PyeongChang Olympics

Photo shows the Beijing 2022 presentation during the closing ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 25, 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 12:56:55

New code of conduct released for Australian entertainers after global harassment allegations

Australia's entertainment industry will be subject to a new code of conduct in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Hollywood.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 12:47:41

Australia's National Party leader McCormack elected new deputy PM

Conservative Michael McCormack has seen off a late challenge to be elected leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 11:53:56

AirAsia plane makes emergency landing in Japan's Okinawa

A Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X plane made an emergency landing Monday at Okinawa's Naha airport following engine trouble, the transport ministry said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 11:53:12

Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, no fatalities reported yet

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake has struck 96 km south-west of Mendi, in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/26 9:54:32

North Korea delegation willing to talk to US, says South Korea presidential office

The high-ranking delegation from North Korea during a closed-door meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday expressed Pyongyang's willingness to talk to the US.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/25 23:13:39

Having a hair-raising time

A child sports a mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on Saturday. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which was once popular in the 1980s, and is now making a comeback in Australia.
Source: VCG | 2018/2/25 22:28:39

S. Korea says DPRK delegation shows willingness to talk with US

South Korea's presidential Blue House said Sunday that the high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) showed Pyongyang's willingness to talk with the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/25 21:32:53

US sanctions undermine peace hopes, say analysts

The latest US sanctions on North Korea might be the "heaviest ever" but they are nonetheless doomed to fail, Chinese experts said on Sunday, noting such measures would more likely exacerbate tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/25 21:13:39

Indian state offers free breast implants to poor

Poor women in a southern Indian state have been offered free breast surgeries, including implants, for both aesthetic or medical reasons.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/24 13:24:43

Bomb blasts injure 2 in Myanmar's Rakhine state

A series of four bomb explosions hit Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state, early Saturday, injuring two people including a policeman, the President Office said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/24 11:43:07

Ivanka visits South Korea for Games

Ivanka Trump's arrival in South Korea launched a fresh round of Olympic charm diplomacy competition between the US and North Korea, Chinese experts said on Friday, with Seoul fumbling to please both sides.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/23 23:08:40