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Magnitude 7 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island, triggering tsunami alert

A major earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok island Sunday, just a week after a quake had killed 17 people on the holiday island, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/5 22:28:40

Bangladesh PM urges students to end protests in capital

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged students Sunday to go home as police fired tear gas during an eighth day of unprecedented protests over road safety which have paralyzed parts of Dhaka.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/5 21:57:06

7.0-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia's Lombok Island, tsunami alert issued

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Lombok Island in central Indonesia on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning, officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/5 21:05:53

DPRK blasts extension of US-Japan nuclear pact

A white paper from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has blasted the extension of the three-decade-old US-Japan nuclear cooperation agreement as "anti-human and anti-peace crimes," the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/5 19:14:33

ASEAN, EU vow to reinforce cooperation for benefits of people

Both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) agree to strengthen their cooperation so as to benefit their people, according to the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held in Singapore on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/4 7:36:24

Death toll reaches 23, 108 still missing after dam collapsed in Laos

Another 10 bodies have been recovered on Thursday and Friday, bring the death toll of the dam collapse in Laos to 23, Lao rescue authorities announced on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/4 7:32:52

Lao authority to join investigation into fatal dam failure

The Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines is ready to join with all stakeholders in a government mission to investigate the cause of the damage to saddle dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project, which resulted in serious flooding in southern Laos' Attapeu province, local online newspaper Vientiane Times reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/4 7:32:15

Indonesia beefs up security ahead of event

Indonesia will deploy tens of thousands of security personnel to prevent street crime and potential terrorist attacks during this month's Asian Games, police said Friday.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/3 22:58:41

Climber found on deadly NZ mountain

A climber trapped for seven days in freezing conditions on a New Zealand mountain has been found, with rescuers saying he was unlikely to have survived another night alone.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/3 22:58:40

S.Korea president replaces commander of military intelligence unit over scandal

South Korean President Moon Jae-in replaced the commander of the military intelligence unit, suspected of having been involved in a series of scandal including political intervention, the presidential Blue House said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 17:17:18

Myanmar, Thailand sign sister city agreement for enhancing cooperation

Myanmar and Thailand have signed a sister city agreement to link the Kayah state's capital of Loikaw with Thai province of Mae Hong Son for closer cooperation, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 10:25:58

UN rights chief expects Japan to bring justice to victims of sex slavery "quickly"

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday appealed to the Japanese government to bring justice to the victims of sex slavery during World War II "quickly" as they are aging fast.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 7:28:05

UN chief condemns attack on Afghan provincial gov't department of refugees

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday condemned the July 31 suicide attack against the provincial government's department of refugees and returnees in Jalalabad City of Afghanistan, killing at least 15 civilians, including a staff member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/3 0:40:01

NZ's Ardern to extend hospital stay

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern will spend a second night in hospital with her "very alert and hungry" newborn daughter who Twitter wags have dubbed the "prime miniature."
Source: AFP | 2018/8/2 22:23:41

Australian senators clash in lawsuit over sexual insult

An Australian senator has sued a male counterpart for defamation for making sexually offensive remarks, in a landmark case that brings the spirit of the #MeToo movement to the heart of Australia's democracy.
Source: AFP | 2018/8/2 22:18:40

DPRK FM starts official visits to Singapore, Iran

Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ri Yong Ho left Thursday to pay official visits to Singapore and Iran, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 20:13:17

Int'l organization to inspect Myanmar's ancient city for enlisting as world heritage

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will visit Myanmar's ancient city Bagan in September for inspection assessment to decide whether the city should be placed into World Heritage list, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 15:06:29

Drug suspects dump 600 kg of cocaine during major ocean pursuit

Two men have been charged with major drug offenses after allegedly dumping about 600 kg of cocaine in the ocean in a pursuit by a multi-agency security taskforce off the coast of northern New South Wales state, Australian police said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/8/2 14:32:40