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Myanmar president calls for doubled efforts to promote socio-economic development in ASEAN

Myanmar President U Win Myint on Wednesday called on Myanmar people to re-double efforts in promoting socio-economic development and actively participating in the ASEAN Community building process that will contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 10:14:19

Former Malaysian PM Najib slapped with money-laundering charges

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday was charged with three offenses related to money-laundering and anti-terrorism financing, in addition to several counts of criminal breach of trust and corruption charges that were served in early July.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 10:14:03

7 dead, 8 missing after boat sank near Malaysian border

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday it is continuously combing the waters near the Malaysian border after reports confirmed that a motorized temper type boat carrying 16 passengers sank on July 30.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 10:12:41

5.3-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Japan's Miyagi Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast of Japan's Miyagi Prefecture on Wednesday, the weather agency here said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 9:03:51

Japan on alert as Typhoon Shanshan approaches eastern coast

A powerful typhoon is approaching Japan's eastern Pacific coast, the weather agency here said Tuesday, with the storm likely to bring heavy rain and strong winds through Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 9:02:32

Tourists evacuation underway in Indonesian quake-hit area

An Indonesian official at the Tourism Ministry said here on Tuesday that the ministry is focusing on the efforts to evacuate foreign tourists stranded in three popular islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air near the quake-hit Lombok island.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/8 0:34:29

Earthquake relief

A woman is given assistance after being evacuated to Gili Trawangan Island on Tuesday, two days after a 7.0-magnitude quake struck Lombok, Indonesia killing at least 91 people and damaging thousands of buildings. A deadly tremor had surged through the holiday island and killing 17 people the week before.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 22:48:42

Malaysia's ex-PM to be charged with money laundering

Malaysia's embattled former prime minister Najib Razak will be charged on Wednesday under a money-­laundering act, the anti-graft agency said, in connection with a multi-­billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Source: Reuters | 2018/8/7 22:13:40

S.Korean rights body meets North's 'defected' waitresses in probe

Officials from South Korea's top rights body have met some of the 12 North Korean waitresses at the center of a blazing row between Seoul and Pyongyang to determine whether they were tricked or coerced into coming to Seoul in 2016.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 22:13:39

Tourists flee from quake-hit Lombok

Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia's Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 21:53:25

Singapore uproar over store selling ivory jewelry

A Singapore online store selling ivory jewelry has sparked uproar, with an animal rights group Tuesday slamming the shop for offering products made from "tortured" elephants.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 21:53:24

ASEAN, China joint maritime drill "important": Philippine FM

The plan of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct a joint maritime exercise in the South China Sea "is very important" to the region, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/7 21:19:59

Tokyo medical school admits it altered test results to keep women out

A Tokyo medical school on Tuesday admitted entrance test scores for female applicants were routinely altered to keep women out and apologized for the discrimination after a probe.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 21:18:40

2020 Games to deploy facial recognition

Hundreds of thousands of Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff and reporters will be scanned by cutting-edge facial recognition technology in an Olympic Games first, organizers said on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/7 21:18:39

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake reaches 105, with over 4,000 tourists evacuated

Death toll from Sunday's 7.0-magnitude quake in Indonesia reached 105 on Tuesday while a total of 4,636 visitors have been evacuated from the three islands near Lombok island, a government official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/7 18:36:10

Australian PM hails bilateral cooperation with China

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the strength of Australia-China relations on Tuesday, talking up the importance of collaboration in education and innovation.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/7 16:47:55

DPRK repatriates S.Korean citizen via Panmunjom

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday repatriated a South Korean citizen through the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/7 16:47:07

S. Korea anticipates increased humanitarian aid for DPRK under new UN guidelines

South Korea's Ministry of Unification in charge of inter-Korean affairs anticipated an increased humanitarian aid for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) under new UN guidelines, according to local media reports.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/7 14:33:51