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Bushfires, cyclone, torrential rain hit Australia's coasts

Severe bushfires burned through several parts of Western Australia on Sunday, with other areas of the state dealing with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone, while the country's east coast area was facing potential life-threatening flash flooding.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/9 18:48:40

Singapore raises virus alert level

Anxious Singapore shoppers formed long lines at grocery stores Saturday and cleared the shelves of essential items after the city-state raised its alert level over China's coronavirus outbreak.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/9 18:38:42

All hostages released, gunman still at large in northeastern Thailand

Hostages were rescued from the gunman who had killed at least 20 people late Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima of northeastern Thailand, but the gunman is still at large, police sources said early Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/9 9:31:06

Moon says S. Korea to continue backing China on anti-epidemic fight

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday that as a close neighboring country of China, South Korea stands ready to continue to actively support China in its effort to fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/8 0:32:24

61 virus cases on Japan ship

At least 61 people on board a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said Friday, as thousands of passengers and crew face a two-week quarantine.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/7 23:23:43

Cheering up

People hold calligraphy works with the Chinese character fu, which means good luck, at an event to cheer China up in the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic in Kajang, Malaysia, on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/7 21:53:43

Aussie PM reshuffles cabinet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday, replacing two senior ministers from junior coalition partner the National Party following their recent resignations.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/6 19:38:45

Hundreds of pigs killed as African swine fever grips Bali

Hundreds of pigs have died from African swine fever in Bali, authorities said Wednesday, mark­ing the Indonesian holiday island's first record­ed outbreak, after the virus claimed some 30,000 hogs in Sumatra.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/6 18:38:43

Australia's Grose Valley fire extinguished after 7 harrowing weeks: official

A seven-week-long bushfire which has devastated Grose Valley of Australia's World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park near Sydney, has finally been extinguished.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/6 12:03:26

Indiscriminate shelling kills 1, injures 5 in Libya's Tripoli

Indiscriminate shelling on Tuesday killed one person and injured five others in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a local official said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/6 8:23:23

Malaysia's former first lady Rosmah goes on trial for corruption

Malaysia's former first lady, who allegedly bankrolled a luxurious lifestyle with kickbacks and stolen public money, went on trial Wednesday for corruption for the first time since her husband lost power.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/5 19:28:44

Australian govt launches probe into veteran suicide rates

Australia is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into suicides among military veterans and will appoint a permanent commissioner to try to curb the death rate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/5 19:23:43

Major South Island floods grip NZ

Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand's South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound beauty spot.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/5 18:48:42

First court challenge against fake news law fails

The first legal challenge to Singapore's law against online misinformation was rejected Wednesday, a blow to opponents who say it is being used to stifle dissent before elections.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/5 18:33:47

Syria's hero doctor steps reluctantly into Oscars limelight

She treated thousands of people in an underground hospital in a besieged rebel enclave in Syria. Now Amani Ballour, the doctor at the center of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Cave, is stepping out into the limelight.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/5 18:03:40

Japan eyes enacting new laws urging firms to let seniors work until 70

Japan's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a number of bills covering six new laws aimed at encouraging companies to allow employees to continue to work until the age of 70.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/5 13:06:12

US to complete over 800 km of border wall by early next year, says Trump

US President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that over 500 miles (800 km) of border wall along the nation's southern border will be "fully completed by early next year."
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/5 11:09:21

Singapore aviation conference canceled, but airshow will still take place

A major international aviation conference scheduled on the eve of next week's Singapore Airshow has been canceled, organizers said Tuesday, hit by the global health scare over the spread of deadly coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/4 19:49:10