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6.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia: USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude jolted 293 km off Saumlaki, Indonesia, on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 22:18:32

Myanmar, Chinese medical teams provide free eye surgery for patients in northern region

Medical teams of Myanmar and China Saturday began launching free eye surgery to 200 patients in Myanmar's Mandalay region on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 21:11:28

Indian defence minister okays procurement of equipment worth 451 mln USD

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday granted approval for the acquisition of defense equipment worth 30 billion Indian Rupees (around 451 million US dollars), including indigenous BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships to be built in Russia, said defense sources.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 20:38:44

Cambodia arrests 14,488 drug suspects in 11 months

Cambodian authorities had arrested 14,488 illicit drug suspects in 7,229 cases during the first eleven months of 2018, said an Interior Ministry's anti-drug department report on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 18:04:47

Christmas tree farmers in Australia's drought-hit area struggle to meet festive demand

Severe drought across the east coast and southern parts of Australia has hit Christmas tree farmers, with many growers finding it hard to keep their crops alive for this festive season and fearing that the younger trees will take years to recover.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 18:03:20

Flash floods hit western Indonesia, 3 injured, 2 missing

Rescuers on Saturday continued to search for one baby and an 11-year-old girl who had gone missing after flash floods hit North Sumatra province, leaving three people injured.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 17:59:19

Trump discusses 2nd DPRK summit with S. Korea's Moon

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to discuss the recent development regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Trump's plans to hold a second summit with the country's top leader, Kim Jong Un.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/12/1 7:49:52

Sri Lanka parliament cuts MPs' salaries in move to squeeze out PM

Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday cut ministers' salaries in a move to hinder the administration of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Source: Reuters | 2018/11/30 23:03:40

Saudi crown prince plans to ramp up investments in India

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss plans to scale up investment in India's tech, farm and energy sectors, an Indian official and the Saudi Press Agency said on Friday.
Source: Reuters | 2018/11/30 22:58:41

N.Korea FM in Vietnam to study implementation of economic reforms

North Korea's foreign minister kicked off an official visit to Vietnam Friday as the nation seeks to learn lessons from the one-party state's post-war economic reform that has transformed the nation into one of Asia's fastest growing economies.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/30 22:53:41

Two Koreas start journey to reconnect their railways

A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade – packed with engineers on a mission to determine how to upgrade the North's two dilapidated railways that create a linked, cross-border network.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/30 22:53:40

Australian PM to advocate for free trade at G20 summit

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised to use the G20 summit in Argentina to advocate for the benefits of open trade.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/30 22:07:56

S.Korea's train departs for DPRK for joint railway inspection

A South Korean train on Friday departed for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to conduct an 18-day joint inspection on the DPRK's railways.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/30 14:19:12

S. Korea leaves open possibilities for DPRK leader's visit to Seoul in December

South Korea's presidential Blue House left "all possibilities open" for the visit by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Seoul next month.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/30 13:43:52

S.Korea raises interest rate to 1.75 pct amidst massive household debts

South Korea's central bank on Friday raised the benchmark interest rate for the first time in 12 months as the bank was pressured to hike borrowing costs amid the massive household debts.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/30 10:56:08

South Korean Assembly Speaker underscores need for China, Japan and South Korea to build consensus

Amid thawing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and warming relations between Beijing and Seoul, the Fourth South Korea-China Peace Diplomacy Forum was held in the South Korean capital on November 21.
Source: Global Times | 2018/11/29 20:09:23

Spectacular digital art

Visitors enjoy a visionary digital art installation by Japan's digital art collective company “teamLab,” at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo on Wednesday. The museum celebrated its 1 millionth guest only 150 days after the museum opened at Tokyo's waterfront on June 21.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/29 20:08:42

Mitsubishi told to pay out for forced wartime labor

South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese heavy industries giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labor - the latest in a series of decisions to strain ties between the two neighbors.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/29 20:08:41