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Sixth Australian politician declares dual nationality

An Australian senator on Thursday became the sixth politician to have their eligibility to sit in parliament questioned over dual citizenship, which proscribes Australians from being elected to parliament.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:28:39

Monsoon havoc

An Indian villager fishes as floodwaters surround a structure in Morigoan district, in India’s northeastern state of Assam, on Thursday. More than 1.5 million were displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:23:40

‘There will be no war on Korean Peninsula’: Moon

There will be no war on the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, saying Seoul effectively had a veto over US military action in response to the North's nuclear and missile programs.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:23:40

Rights groups slam Indian plan to deport Rohingya

Rights groups have condemned India's plan to deport some 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, saying India should abide by its legal obligations and protect the stateless refugees who face persecution in Myanmar.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:23:39

Message of peace

South Korean marines walk by a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference to mark his 100th day in office, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. Moon sought to reassure South Koreans that there would not be war on the Korean Peninsula and that US military action against the North is not possible without Seoul’s consent. He said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2017/8/18 0:18:40

Putting in the elbow grease

People climb greasy poles, on which prizes and flags are attached, to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday. Indonesia marked the 72nd anniversary of its independence from Dutch rule on August 17.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/18 0:08:40

More carnage

Police officers work at a crime scene, where an alleged drug dealer was killed during a police anti-drug operation, in Manila on Thursday. Police shot dead 25 drug suspects in another round of anti-drug raids, authorities said, as they followed President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for dozens of deaths a day.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/17 23:03:39

China, Indonesia to hold high-level dialogues next week in Beijing

China and Indonesia will hold a vice-premier-level dialogue and a high-level economic dialogue next Monday and Tuesday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 21:00:54

Number of child abuse cases in Japan spikes in 2016, welfare workers overstretched

The number of cases of child abuse in Japan that involved child consultation centers increased to a record level in 2016, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 18:53:46

Japan to install new land-based Aegis missile defense system

Japan's defense ministry is planning to install a defense system made in the United States known as "Aegis Ashore" to address ongoing concerns about tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 17:55:52

Australians urged to downsize their homes to ease housing crisis

Older Australians should downsize from their empty family homes so that younger families can afford suitable housing, the nation's Treasurer Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 14:21:19

S. Korean president urges dialogue with DPRK amid de-escalating tensions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid signs of de-escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 13:05:55

Trump says DPRK makes "wise" decision to halt strike towards Guam

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) made a "wise" decision not to launch missiles towards Guam.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 13:05:22

10th Singapore Night Festival to be held from Aug. 18 to 26

Journalists preview one of the light installations of the Singapore Night Festival on Aug. 16, 2017. The 10th Singapore Night Festival will be held from Aug. 18 to Aug. 26 in Singapore.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 10:55:12

UN chief urges DPRK to fully implement international obligations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should "fully comply with international obligations" and "engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue" in order to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 8:03:06

Malaysian authorities assess proposals to resume search for MH370: official

Malaysian aviation authorities said Wednesday that several proposals by interested parties to resume search for the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 are being assessed, following latest reports that significantly narrow down the potential areas.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 1:34:14

Cambodian health minister to attend Belt and Road forum for health cooperation in China

Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng will attend the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation to be held in Beijing on August 18 and 19, a health ministry statement said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 1:25:48

DPRK says electricity production increasing despite sanctions

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Wednesday it is increasing electricity production despite international sanctions.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/17 1:22:15