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SK divers find chopper, 7 missing people

Divers from South Korean rescue services on Friday located an Airbus chopper which fell into the sea with seven people on board off the disputed islets of Dokdo, called Takeshima in Japan, late on Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/11/1 22:28:40

Mask-less Merkel braves severe Delhi pollution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed her in air so polluted that authorities declared a public health emergency.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/1 22:18:40

Japan, S.Korean lawmakers agree to work towards breaking stalemate, easing tensions amid strained ties

Japanese and South Korean lawmakers on Friday agreed in principle that more dialogue and work in general was necessary for the two countries involved in a bitter trade spat stemming from a dispute over wartime compensation to break the stalemate and ease tensions.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/1 19:37:33

Death toll from 2 quakes in southern Philippines rises to 16

The death toll from two strong earthquakes that rocked several provinces in southern Philippines this week climbed to 16, the government said on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/1 17:06:06

North Korea fires unidentified projectiles: South's military

North Korea fired two projectiles on Thursday, the South's military said, with nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington at a deadlock.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/31 22:03:41

At least 74 killed in Pakistan train fire

At least 74 people were killed and dozens injured after cooking gas cylinders exploded on a train packed with pilgrims in Pakistan on Thursday, some dying ­after leaping from carriages to escape the inferno, authorities said.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/31 22:03:40

Fire engulfs World Heritage castle in Japan

A major fire devastated a historic Japanese castle on the southern island of Okinawa on Thursday morning, destroying large parts of the World Heritage site's complex, local authorities said.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/31 19:33:41

The race to eat Bangkok's 'biggest burger,' a 10,000-calorie challenge

A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal, a near six-kilogram patty covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/31 17:38:40

Retrial begins in South Korea for confidante of ex-president

A new bribery trial opened Wednesday for the former confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye in connection with the sprawling scandal that brought down her friend, media reported.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/30 22:23:42

Criticism swirls as Japan festival kicks out 'comfort women' film

A local film festival in suburban ­Tokyo has come under fire for dropping a ­movie examining views on the highly controversial issue of sex slavery and ­Japan's wartime military brothels.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/30 20:13:40

Thai king fires royal guards for 'adultery'

Thailand's king has sacked four royal guards, two of them for "adultery," in a fresh wave of palace purges a week after his royal consort was stripped of all titles for "disloyalty."
Source: AFP | 2019/10/30 20:08:40

SE Asia to be net fuel importer

Southeast Asia could become a net importer of fossil fuels in the next few years, raising the financial burden on governments and increasing carbon emissions in the region, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned in a report.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/30 20:03:40

S. Korea to seek virtuous cycle of improved inter-Korean ties, DPRK-US denuke talks

South Korea will continue to seek a virtuous cycle of improved inter-Korean relations that help advance the denuclearization negotiations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, a unification ministry official of South Korea said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/30 17:37:21

North Korea rebuffs South, refuses talks over historic flagship resort

North Korea on Tuesday rejected Seoul's request for talks on the fate of a flagship tour complex condemned by leader Kim Jong-un, dismissing meetings as “unnecessary,” South Korea said.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/29 20:53:40

Ex-Pakistan prime minister Sharif fighting for life: doctor

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is “critically unwell,” his doctor said Tuesday, days after the three-time leader now serving a prison sentence for corruption suffered a minor heart attack.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/29 20:48:42

Strong quake kills two in Philippines

A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines Tuesday, crushing two people under debris, cracking buildings and injuring dozens in a region still reeling from a previous deadly tremor.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/29 19:43:40

DPRK prefers exchange of letters to discuss Mount Kumgang issue: S.Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) preferred the exchange of letters to discuss issues on the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, South Korea's unification ministry said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/29 17:28:20

SK offers talks with North on Mt. Kumgang resort issue

South Korea proposed talks with North Korea on how to handle the North's Mt. Kumgang resort, once a rare example of cooperation between the Koreas, which Pyongyang wants removed amid frayed ties, Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/28 22:23:41