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Australians warned worst bushfires may be yet to come

Sydney is facing a "catastrophic" fire threat, authorities said on Sunday, as firefighters in eastern Australia raced to prepare for worsening conditions after ferocious bushfires devastated communities.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/10 20:18:39

Eight dead as Cyclone Bulbul batters coasts in India and Bangladesh

Eight people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/10 20:03:39

Pakistani PM inaugurates corridor to facilitate Indian Sikhs

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated a corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy shrine in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/10 13:20:04

Once rampant smuggling of Vietnamese to China turned to legal employment via joint efforts

As the tragic Essex truck deaths in the UK drew global attention to Vietnamese stowaway groups, illegal border-crossing from Vietnam to China, a problem which was frequently unveiled since 2000 but has been largely resolved through joint efforts from both countries, has once again drawn the Chinese media's attention
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/9 1:58:26

Japan seizes record 400 kilograms of cocaine at port

Japanese authorities have seized a record-breaking 400 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $73 million in a bust at a port in the city of Kobe, a customs spokesman said Friday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/8 23:28:41

Moody's cuts India's outlook to 'negative,' citing rising growth risks

Moody's Investors Service (MIS), an American credit rating agency Friday downgraded its outlook on India from stable to negative, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/8 23:28:40

All Essex lorry victims confirmed as Vietnamese nationals

All 39 people found dead in the Essex lorry incident were confirmed to be Vietnamese nationals, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/7 22:14:58

N.Korea slams door on Japan PM Abe visit, calls him an 'idiot'

North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot and villain" who should not even dream of setting foot in Pyongyang, in a media commentary laden with insults in response to his criticism of a North K­orean weapons test.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/7 21:13:41

Australia launches billion dollar drought plan

Australia announced a large aid package to help drought-parched communities Thursday, as the government faced allegations it has bungled the response to a crisis made worse by its own climate policies.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/7 18:33:40

Major pharmaceutical's vaccine has strengths, but limits

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's experimental dengue vaccine was highly effective at preventing the mosquito-borne disease in a late stage study, but it failed to protect against one type of the virus in people with no prior exposure to dengue.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/7 18:18:40

Record-breaking 44,000 people infected with dengue in Pakistan

A record-breaking 44,000 people have been infected with mosquito-borne dengue in Pakistan this year, a senior health official said Wednesday, as increased outbreaks linked to rising temperatures and erratic rainfall ravage other parts of Asia.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/6 20:48:42

15 killed by suspected rebel attacks in Thailand

At least 15 people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/6 20:48:41

Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen

Cash is king in Japan, and more so for the country's fast-aging population who are still deeply reluctant to give it up.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/6 17:58:40

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

India's top court has ordered a complete halt to stubble burning around Delhi, a major contributor to lethal smog that on Tuesday kept the metropolis of 20 million people choking in air rated “very poor.”
Source: AFP | 2019/11/5 20:53:40

Malaysia aims to locate further $4.3 billion in 1MDB-linked assets

Malaysia is working to locate at least $4.3 billion in assets that have yet to be accounted for in a global money laundering probe into state sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), its anti-corruption chief said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/5 20:43:41

Sanitation revolution: toilets movements in India and China

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh recently came out with a novel plan that marries wedding with sanitation. The provincial government would pay those tying the knot a sum of up to Rs 51,000 ($720) provided the couple show a selfie proving that they have a toilet in the house.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/5 20:23:40

Vietnam arrests 8 for truck deaths

Vietnam has arrested eight more people in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Britain who are believed to be Vietnamese, police said on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/4 21:43:41

Moon, Abe back dialogue to fix issues

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Monday suggested high-level talks to resolve a deepening political and trade row with Japan during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon's spokeswoman said.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/4 20:33:40