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Giant manta ray waits for divers' helping hand

A giant manta ray with several fishing hooks caught below its eye appeared to ask two nearby divers for help in removing them, and then waited patiently for them to do so.
Source: AFP | 2019/7/16 19:38:40

Chinese agricultural technology to help boost Pakistan's rice export

Enjoying a much greater amount of rice yield is not the only reason for Pakistan's young agrarian Wasim Waheed's satisfaction, but achieving exemplary excellence in its research and development by using modern technology is also making him happy and proud.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/16 13:04:11

At least 20 dead, 500,000 affected by floods in Bangladesh

The flooding in almost one-third of Bangladesh districts has left at least 20 people dead, affected half a million people and displaced thousands of families, a disaster official said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/16 12:53:11

6.0-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Bali Island, no tsunami alert issued

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off Indonesia's Bali Island earlier on Tuesday but there was no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/16 12:35:39

Call for boycott

South Korean small and medium-sized business owners throw logos of major Japanese brands into a trash can during a rally calling for a boycott of Japanese products in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Monday. South Korea and Japan last Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese technology export restrictions.
Source: IC | 2019/7/15 20:58:42

PNG to boost security amid tribal war

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have boosted security to prevent a further escalation of tribal violence, officials said Monday, after at least 24 people were killed in a troubled upland region earlier this month.
Source: AFP | 2019/7/15 20:58:40

Abe's ruling bloc set for solid upper house win

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is set to win a solid majority in an upper house election later this week, keeping alive his dream to revise Japan's pacifist constitution, a survey showed on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/7/15 20:28:41

Aussie kids take stolen car on epic road trip

Four children took a stolen four-wheel drive on a 1,000-kilometer road trip across the Australian outback before being nabbed by police, officials said Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/7/15 19:38:41

6.6-magnitude quake hits 202 km W of Broome, Australia -- USGS

A magnitude-6.6 earthquake jolted 202 km W of Broome, Australia at 05:39:24 GMT on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/14 14:25:34

Low-cost moon mission puts India among lunar probe pioneers

India will step up the international space race on Monday when it launches a low-cost mission to become only the fourth country to land a probe on the Moon.
Source: AFP | 2019/7/12 22:23:41

New North Korean charter calls Kim head of state

Kim Jong-un has been formally named head of state of North Korea and commander in chief of the military in a new constitution observers said was possibly aimed at preparing for a peace treaty with the US.
Source: Reuters | 2019/7/12 22:23:40

US seeks to mediate between Japan, S. Korea over export row

The United States is trying to ease the tensions between its two Eastern Asian allies -- Japan and South Korea -- over Tokyo's export restriction of crucial high-tech materials to Seoul, the US Department of State said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/12 20:06:24

S. Korea proposes probe by int'l body over strategic materials handling issue

South Korea's presidential National Security Office (NSO) on Friday proposed to Japan that the two countries jointly ask an international body to probe into the handling of strategic materials by both countries after Japan's indication of South Korea having illegally smuggled the materials to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/12 17:13:07

Pakistani PM hits out at poor railways as crash kills 11, injures dozens

A passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train in Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people and injuring more than 60 under overturned carriages, ­police said, with the prime minister blaming aging, poorly maintained rail infrastructure.
Source: Reuters | 2019/7/11 22:10:59

Seoul seeks US help with Tokyo

South Korea has warned the US of the potential damage from “undesirable” Japanese restrictions on exports of high-tech material to South Korea, as a trade row between the East Asian US allies intensifies.
Source: Reuters | 2019/7/11 21:53:41

Train collision kills 13, injures over 70 in eastern Pakistan

A passenger train rammed into a freight train in Pakistan's eastern city of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning, killing 13 people and injuring over 70 others, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/11 19:24:59

Strong triangular cooperation crucial for peacekeeping operations: UN official

The UN peacekeeping chief said Wednesday that strong triangular cooperation -- namely between the UN Security Council, the troop/police-contributing countries (T/PCCs) and the UN Secretariat -- is crucial for enhancing peacekeeping operations.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/7/11 12:06:43

China helps Mongolia build first expressway under Chinese standards

The first ever expressway in Ulan Bator, the capital and largest city in the People's Republic of Mongolia, built by China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group, went into operation on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/7/11 11:25:17