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5.5-magnitude quake hits India's northern state

A moderate earthquake hit India's northern state of Uttarakhand on Wednesday, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/7 8:49:49

By-elections loom as top Australia court prepares to rule on citizenship test case

Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which trails in opinion polls and has lost its slender majority, in a bizarre citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of parliament.
Source: Reuters | 2017/12/6 23:28:39

Drills escalate tensions as war worries rise over peninsula

A US B-1B bomber on Wednesday joined large-scale US-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, as tensions mount between the North and the US.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/6 23:13:39

Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution

As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the UN sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/6 22:13:40

Private firms contribute more to Vietnam's economic growth

Private firms contribute 32.3 percent to Vietnam's economic growth this year, up from the rate of 27 percent last year, according to the latest Vietnam Report 500 (VNR500), the annual list of 500 biggest enterprises in terms of revenue in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/6 19:10:32

5.2-magnitude quake rocks Japan's central Nagano prefecture

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 rocked Japan's central Nagano prefecture early Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/6 0:02:10

Controversial visit

A Shinto priest leads Japanese lawmakers on a visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday. Dozens of members of Japan's parliament on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to the shrine, which China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's militaristic past. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/12/5 22:58:39

India using scare tactics on US over China's submarine program: expert

India wants to incite the US to partner with it in containing China by saying that China's submersible development program is a challenge to the US Navy's aircraft carriers, a Chinese expert said.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/5 22:43:40

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi's dengue vaccine after warning on symptoms

The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/5 21:18:39

Ready for action

Bangladesh's first ever female military pilots Tamanna-E-Lutfy (left) and Nayma Haque pose for photos in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. They will join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in DR Congo, the defense ministry said.
Source: IC | 2017/12/5 21:13:39

UN under-secretary-general for political affairs to visit DPRK

Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, will visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from Tuesday to Friday, the United Nations said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 19:01:52

Indonesian police to meet Interpol for verification of death of terrorist mastermind

National police personnel of Indonesia will meet with international police (Interpol) to verify information about the death of an Indonesian citizen, who had fought for IS in Syria and organized a series of suicide bombings in Indonesia.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 18:25:29

DPRK blasts US-S. Korea joint air force exercises as 'extremely reckless'

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday blasted as "extremely reckless" the ongoing US-South Korean air force exercises, which are the largest ever in scale of their joint annual drills.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 16:52:26

2 Indian lawmakers disqualified from upper house of parliament

Two Indian lawmakers Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from upper house of the country's parliament, officials said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 13:45:47

Group of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in Japan

Some 60 lawmakers from a non-partisan group led by Hidehisa Otsuji, a former vice president of the House of Councillors, visited the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 13:12:52

Domestic violence policy to form cornerstone of Aussie opposition's election campaign

Australia's opposition Labor Party has announced that a new domestic violence policy will be one of the cornerstones of its next federal election campaign, declaring that it will legislate that victims can take up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave every year.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 13:11:02

All displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine state capital return home: media

All displaced people taking shelter at 31 camps in Sittway, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state, have returned home as the situation in the state returned to normalcy, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Rakhine state government sources as saying on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 11:01:32

UN under-secretary-general for political affairs to visit DPRK

Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, will visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from Tuesday to Friday, the United Nations said on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/5 8:44:00