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S.Korea, DPRK in talks to set schedule for joint road inspection: Seoul

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were currently in talks to set schedule for a joint road inspection to modernize and connect roads across the inter-Korean border, Seoul's unification ministry said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/5 16:16:51

Sri Lanka's ousted PM says snap parliamentary polls possible only after consent from all political parties

Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Tuesday said that his political alliance would agree to hold a parliamentary election only after a legitimate government is established and all political parties in parliament agree.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/4 23:03:44

Moon says visit from North Korea's Kim 'a possibility'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday a visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "a possibility" and that such a trip would help to improve Pyongyang's relationship with the US.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/4 22:08:42

Repelling rebels

Indonesian Mobile Brigade Police head to Nduga, Papua Province on Tuesday. Indonesia is investigating reports that 31 construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in restive Papua Province.
Source: VCG | 2018/12/4 22:08:41

Vietnam opens crooked police hotline as part of crackdown

Vietnam has set up a telephone hotline for people to report accusations of police corruption, state media said on Tuesday, amid a crackdown on graft in the Southeast Asian country that has jailed dozens of officers.
Source: Reuters | 2018/12/4 22:03:42

Sweeping cyber laws in Australia

Australia's two main parties struck a deal Tuesday to pass sweeping cyber laws requiring tech giants to help government agencies get around encrypted communications used by suspected criminals and terrorists.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/4 21:58:41

Aussie governing party seeks to change rules to end "frustrating" leadership changes

Australia's governing Liberal Party has sought to avoid future leadership crises by changing the rules around deposing leaders.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/4 11:07:06

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM, citing 'irreparable damage'

A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/3 21:23:40

Japan to scrap pager services next year after five decades

The end of the pager era is nigh in Japan after five decades as the country's last provider announced on Monday it would be scrapping its service next year.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/3 20:58:40

Australia slammed on refugee camps

Australia's under-pressure government received a double blow Monday from the UN and a leading doctors' group over harsh treatment of refugees on off-shore island camps.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/3 20:58:40

Yemen's Mukalla fights to resurrect itself after Al-Qaeda defeat

In azure waters off Yemen, newly-minted coastguards stormed a fishing boat in a mock exercise as part of a war-scarred city's struggle to resurrect state institutions two years after Al-Qaeda's ouster.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/3 18:48:39

Australian PM urged to call early election to mitigate likely defeat

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to call an early election to mitigate his party's losses by his predecessor.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/3 15:07:07

S.Koreans' life expectancy rises in 2017: gov't data

South Koreans were expected to live longer than 85 years as of 2017, government data showed Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/3 14:50:29

Possibility for DPRK leader's visit to Seoul left open: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that a possibility for the visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Seoul was left open, local media reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/3 14:02:40

Israel's political arena in turmoil after police recommend charging PM with bribery

Israel's political arena was in uproar on Sunday after the police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in corruption charges.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/3 11:03:26

China, US halt trade dispute to give way for more talks

China and the US announced a temporary truce to their months-long trade disputes following a meeting between the two countries' top leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/2 22:48:41

Islamists march in Jakarta ahead of elections

Around 100,000 people marched in Indonesia's capital Sunday to mark two years since a demonstration that led to the fall of Jakarta's Christian ex-governor, as presidential candidates seek to rally support ahead of next year's general election.
Source: AFP | 2018/12/2 21:48:41

Trump says meeting with DPRK's top leader Kim likely early next year: report

US President Donald Trump reportedly said on Saturday on his way back here that his second meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, is likely to happen in January or February next year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/2 17:30:16