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Maseratis have gone missing, admits Papua New Guinea

Several of the Maseratis bought for last year's forum of Asia-­Pacific leaders have gone missing, Papua New Guinea admitted Tuesday, as it launched a probe to track them down.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 20:38:43

Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

South Korea has picked its capital Seoul for its bid for the 2032 summer Olympics, which it aims to jointly host with North Korea.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 20:38:43

Malaysia cops raid factory, make record pangolin haul

Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tons of pangolins and their scales worth some $2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 19:33:41

US citizen who leaked Singapore HIV cases may have more 'files'

A US citizen who leaked the names of more than 14,000 HIV-positive individuals in Singapore may be in possession of more "files" from the database, the city-state's health minister said Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/12 19:33:41

India's tourist magnet Jaipur cracks down on businesses using child workers

In a small windowless room in the heart of Indian tourist magnet Jaipur, Parveena shows a school uniform and a pair of tiny shoes to prove that the little boy sitting on the floor, sticking beads on a bangle goes to school and is not a child slave.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/12 19:18:40

Image of DPRK grows positive among S.Korean students: poll

The image of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) among South Korean students grew positive amid the rising peace mood on the Korean Peninsula, a poll showed Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/12 16:50:12

Probe to be launched into Thai Princess's aborted political venture

Thailand's Election Commission plans to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate an alleged wrongdoing of a political party for having named Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its sole candidate for prime minister, an official of the polling agency said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/12 16:46:36

Malaysia's population stands at 32.6 mln by end-2018

Malaysia's total population stands at 32.6 million by the end of 2018, official statistics showed Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/12 16:45:51

Death toll from India's hooch tragedy over 100

The death toll from the hooch tragedy that hit India's northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand three days ago has exceeded 100, official sources confirmed on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/12 11:00:36

S. Korea chooses Seoul to bid for Olympics with DPRK - report

South Korea has selected Seoul as the candidate city for a joint bid with DPRK for the 2032 Olympic Games, said the Yonhap News Agency on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/12 10:59:54

Beijing opposes latest US warships' entry in S.China Sea

China firmly opposes the latest two US warships which sailed near Chinese reefs in the South China Sea, as they were driven away by the Chinese navy, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 21:29:37

Pakistan navy head hails China's participation in drills

The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy's participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional security.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/11 21:28:13

Australia signs massive state-of-the-art submarine deal with French firm

Australia formally signed a A$50 billion ($35.4 billion) “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state-of-the-art submarines on Monday, a signal of Canberra's willingness to project power across the Pacific.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 20:03:40

US defense chief backs Kabul

Acting US defense secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on Monday and said it is important that the Afghan government is involved in talks, from which it has so far been excluded, to end the 17-year-old war.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/11 20:03:40

99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in N.India

At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalized in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown against bootleggers, officials said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 18:13:40

Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

The sweltering backwaters of ­Indonesian Borneo have ­become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 18:03:39

Resurgence of measles in Philippines kills 70 so far this year

The Philippine government has recorded at least 70 measles-related deaths in several regions in the country in just over one month, the health department said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/11 17:37:49

2nd DPRK-US summit to be critical turning point: S.Korean president

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that the second summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States will be a critical turning point for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/11 16:35:12