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Boeing design flaws linked to Lion Air disaster: investigators

Mechanical and design issues contributed to the crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX jet in ­October 2018, Indonesian investigators told victims' families in a briefing on Wednesday ahead of the release of a final report.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/23 18:38:41

NZ venue fire casts pall over APEC plans

A massive fire at the Auckland venue being built to host the 2021 APEC forum raged for a second day on Wednesday, as New Zealand officials insisted the event would go ahead.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/23 18:28:41

S.Korea warns of 'serious risk' from vaping

South Korea on Wednesday advised people to stop using liquid e-cigarettes due to growing health concerns and vowed to speed up an investigation into whether to ban sales, a move likely to hit major producers such as Juul and local tobacco company KT&G.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/23 18:23:40

7-vehicle pile-up leaves 15 injured in central Japan

At least 15 people were injured in a seven-vehicle pile-up which left three cars ablaze on a highway in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, local media reported Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/23 15:33:32

China gifts well-equipped school building to remote Sri Lankan village

The Tissapura Junior School in Hambantota in Sri Lanka's southern province was a picture of joy on Oct. 18. Led by Principal A. H. Weerakeerthi, the kids were singing and dancing happily.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/23 13:54:54

Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement in highly ritualized ceremony

Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday proclaimed his enthronement in a highly ritualized, ancient-style ceremony held in the Seiden State Hall at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in front of 2,000 guests from around the world.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/22 21:00:24

South Korea's Moon increases defense spending, urges North to talk

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Seoul would increase military spending and urged the North to return to dialogue in a budget speech on Tuesday that could infuriate Pyongyang with nuclear talks gridlocked.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/22 20:43:40

Thai king removes new royal for alleged 'disloyalty'

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles and military ranks for being "disloyal" and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida, the palace said late on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/22 18:48:40

Trudeau's Liberals win Canadian federal election

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party won the 2019 Canadian federal election Monday night, according to Elections Canada on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/22 14:55:41

Bangladesh targets big cut in port lead time

The Bangladeshi government has set a target to cut the time for completing import and export procedures to two days and one day respectively by 2022 under the National Single Window (NSW) project.
Source: Financial Express | 2019/10/22 11:34:21

Int'l congress on intelligent transport kicks off in Singapore

The 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress was officially opened here Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/22 11:00:53

Cooperation with China mutually beneficial, sustainable: expert

China's cooperation with Pacific island countries centers on development and mutual benefit rather than geopolitical strategic ambition or competition with the US, said Chinese experts on Monday. Some from the West have been questioning the sustainability of the cooperation and China's intention, as China and the island nations held an economic development forum.
Source: Global Times | 2019/10/21 23:18:40

Australian papers censor front pages in press freedom campaign

Newspapers across Australia ran heavily redacted front pages on Monday in protest against government secrecy and a crackdown on press freedom, a rare show of unity in a fractious media landscape.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/21 20:33:45

Towering support: giant food cone erected for Indonesia inauguration

Supporters of Indonesia's re-elected president showed their devotion Sunday by erecting a seven-meter tumpeng, a towering rendition of the country's popular cone-shaped dish.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/21 17:30:53

Indonesian president vows to improve human resources, infrastructure in 2nd term

Indonesia President Joko Widodo said on Sunday that he would focus on human resources development, continuing the infrastructure development and simplifying bureaucracy to attain development programs in his second presidential term.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/21 9:12:00

Widodo faces test on reform credentials in second term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in on Sunday for a second five-year term leading the world's third-biggest democracy, after an election dominated by economic issues but also the growing influence of conservative Islam.
Source: Reuters | 2019/10/20 22:43:41

Longest non-stop passenger flight arrives in Sydney

The longest non-stop passenger flight touched down in Australia Sunday morning after more than 19 hours in the air, a milestone journey from New York that Qantas hopes to parlay into commercial success.
Source: AFP | 2019/10/20 19:18:39

Cambodia marks World Food Day, reiterates commitment to zero hunger by 2030

Cambodia and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the World Food Day in Pursat province on Saturday, reiterating commitment to eradicate hunger in the kingdom by 2030.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/10/20 10:10:32