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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

Warming up

A Type-90 tank from Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force fires its canon during joint military drills with US Marines in Eniwa, Hokkaido prefecture, on Wednesday. Some 300 Japanese and US servicemen took part in the joint drills on Japan’s northern island (see also on page 7).
Source: AFP | 2017/8/16 22:58:39

Unite against extremism: Widodo

Indonesia's president said on Wednesday that the world's most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.
Source: Reuters | 2017/8/16 22:38:39

Real-life ‘Superman’

Austrian “Superman” Franz Muellner lifts a 661-kilogram helicopter that landed just a meter above his head. With the successful 30-second feat, he smashed the record for Heaviest Weight Lifted on Shoulders.
Source: IC | 2017/8/16 22:33:40

Agency says it can pinpoint MH370 location

Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.
Source: Reuters | 2017/8/16 22:33:39

Bangladesh cuts import duty on rice to stabilize market

Bangladesh has decided to cut import duty on rice further to 2 percent in a bid to rein the instability in prices of the staple food item amid flash floods.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 22:28:40

DPRK denounces South Korean diplomats for rampant sexual offenses abroad

The official media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday denounced sexual offenses by South Korean diplomats in their posts abroad, calling them "representatives of corruption and depravity of South Korean society."
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 19:14:47

New Zealand vows to keep social housing 'warm and dry'

The New Zealand government will spend 35.8 million NZ dollars (25.9 million US dollars) over the next financial year helping tenants living in better conditions, and making the country's social housing warmer, drier and healthier.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 17:51:04

New Zealand vows to keep social housing "warm and dry"

The New Zealand government will spend 35.8 million NZ dollars (25.9 million US dollars) over the next financial year helping tenants living in better conditions, and making the country's social housing warmer, drier and healthier.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 17:12:47

Indonesian president calls for unity to face extremism threat

President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday that Indonesia needs to strengthen unity to confront the threat of radicalism and extremism, and safeguard the country's constitution that preserves diversity.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 17:09:23