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Australian court quashes Catholic priest sex abuse cover-up conviction

An Australian court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a former archbishop who had been the world's most senior Catholic cleric held guilty of concealing child sex abuse, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/6 21:13:44

NZ forces brace for climate change fight

The New Zealand Defense Force identified climate change as one of its biggest security challenges Thursday, warning that responding to global warming will increasingly stretch its resources.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/6 20:59:05

Sixteen bodies found after attack in Papua province

Indonesian security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 people in the aftermath of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in restive Papua province, the military said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/6 20:59:04

Never forgotten

Nepali Hindu devotees light oil lamps in memory of deceased family members during the Bala Chaturdashi festival at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on Thursday. Bala Chaturdashi is one of the famous festival in Nepal. Bala Chaturdashi celebration is additionally called Satbij Chharne Aaushi in Nepali nearby dialect.
Source: VCG | 2018/12/6 20:53:41

Impressive change

China will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up this month. Its neighbor Vietnam has a similar political system and is implementing its own version of economic reform (Doi moi, in Vietnamese). For Vietnamese Ambassador to China H.E. Mr. Dang Minh Khoi, reform and opening-up has profoundly changed China in many respects.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/6 20:28:41

Garbage in Thailand's largest river to be removed under 10-day campaign

A 10-day environmental campaign will be launched on Monday to pick up garbage, either floating or submerged, in Thailand's largest river Chao Phraya River, said a senior government official on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 17:15:40

6 out of 10 S.Koreans welcome DPRK leader's visit to Seoul: poll

More than six out of 10 South Koreans welcomed the possible visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Seoul as it helps promote peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, a poll showed Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 15:15:56

S.Korea, DPRK agree to verify withdrawal of guard posts in border area

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to verify the pilot withdrawal of guard posts in the inter-Korean border area, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 15:15:34

S.Korean president's approval rating rebounds to 50 pct: poll

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rebounded this week to 50 percent on rising expectations that top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un may visit Seoul before the end of this year, a weekly poll showed Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 15:14:52

Philippine military neutralizes over 1,700 terrorists in southern Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday that it has either killed, arrested or surrendered a total 1,740 terrorists operating in the southern Philippines since January this year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 1:53:55

Indonesian president orders military, police to arrest Papua killing suspects

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday ordered the military and police to arrest those responsible for the recent killing of construction workers and a troop in Papua province.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 1:49:16

Singapore launches plans to boost media industries

With new opportunities arising in the media industry from technological shifts, business and industry consolidation, and heightened interest in Asian content, the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has unveiled a series of new initiatives to raise the vibrancy of Singapore's media ecosystem.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/6 1:45:03

Royal prayers

Well-wishers pray with offerings for Buddhist monks during a nationwide ceremony marking the birthday of the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/5 22:33:40

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged mass killing

Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in Papua Province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/5 21:58:41

New Caledonia quake triggers tsunami alert, no reports of serious damage

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across a swathe of the South Pacific, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/5 21:58:40

Philippines' Duterte approves "in principle" recommendation for martial law extension

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved "in principle" the recommendation of the security forces to place Philippines's southern Mindanao under the martial law for another year, the Philippine defense chief said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/5 17:57:32

S. Korean victims of wartime forced labor win another legal victory against Japanese firm

Elderly South Korean victims, who were forced into labor by Imperial Japan during World War II, won another legal victory against a Japanese company on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/5 17:23:23

Fresh 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits waters off New Caledonia

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale has struck in waters 192 km east-southeast of Tadine, New Caledonia in South Pacific on Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/5 16:19:10