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Native Australian bird "tutors" chicks with singing lessons during incubation

Australian researchers have discovered that the native superb fairy-wren learns how to sing while incubating as an embryo, thanks to its father's tendency to "tutor" eggs in the nest.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 16:58:59

Documentary on atrocities of Japanese Unit 731 triggers public outrage, calls for reflection

A documentary recently released by Japan's public broadcaster NHK has triggered heated discussions and calls for reflection upon the war history in Japanese society.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 14:44:17

New data may help pinpoint location of MH370: Aussie transport safety bureau

The Australian agency which oversaw the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 released two new reports Wednesday, which may help pinpoint where the Boeing 777 disappeared.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 13:21:12

One third of Australian doctors being regularly bullied: study

More than a third of Australia's emergency doctors face "ongoing, severe" workplace bullying or harassment, a national study has found.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 10:56:00

What if Nazi war criminals were worshiped in Germany?

As the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II comes on Tuesday, an old topic brings into people's mind again -- Tokyo's ambiguity on its war crimes versus the sincerity of Germany's reflection.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/16 8:13:15

Terror raid

Police conduct a terror raid at a village in Bandung, Indonesia on Tuesday. Five suspected Islamic State sympathizers have been arrested, a police spokesman said, adding that authorities also confiscated a chemical bomb.
Source: CFP | 2017/8/15 23:23:40

Japan marks 72nd anniversary of WWII end with PM failing to mention reflection for 5th year

Japan marked the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again failing to mention reflection at an annual memorial service and a number of lawmakers visiting the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 23:06:43

Australian deputy PM renounces Kiwi citizenship

Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra's conservative government.
Source: AFP | 2017/8/15 22:23:39

Tamil devotion

Tamil Hindu priests carry a deity during the Vel Hinduism festival in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Tuesday. The vel is a divine spear, or weapon of the Hindu war god. Ethnic Tamils, who are mainly followers of Hinduism, are the main minority in the island, which is emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic conflict which claimed up to 100,000 lives.
Source: CFP | 2017/8/15 22:23:39

Cry for peace

A South Korean waves a flag on top of a truck decorated with a sign that says “No War, No Trump” as protesters march towards the US embassy during an anti-US rally demanding peace in the Korean Peninsula, in Seoul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/8/15 22:18:39

DPRK urges Japan to reflect on wartime crimes

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tuesday urged Japan to reflect on and assume responsibility for the wartime crimes committed by the Japanese army against Asian peoples, including sexual slavery.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 21:55:06

North Korea using missile threat as leverage: expert

North Korea is using its threat of a missile attack as leverage, a Chinese expert said, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly reviewed a missile attack plan on Guam.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/15 21:28:39

Japanese economy lacks fresh impetus to grow despite 'moderate' expansion

While the Japanese economy continued its momentum of "moderate" expansion with the April-June period growth rate reaching a better-than-expected annualized 4.0 percent, economic analysts here pointed out that the continuous growth still faces a number of challenges.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 17:54:26

Abe sends offering to notorious Yasukuni Shrine on anniv. of Japan's surrender, lawmakers visit en masse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a monetary offering to the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday on the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender which brought an end to World War II.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 16:25:43

Abe fails to mention reflection for 5th straight year at anniversary of Japan's surrender

The Japanese government held an annual ceremony Tuesday in Tokyo to "honor the war dead" from World War II and to "pray for peace," while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again failed to mention "reflection" upon Japan's war responsibilities.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 14:01:08

Abe, Trump hold telephone talks on Korean Peninsula issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed during telephone talks on Tuesday to work with the international community to prevent the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from launching missiles that might be aimed toward the US territory of Guam.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 13:25:54

Mattis warns of escalation into war if DPRK attacks US

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Monday that if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fires at the United States, the situation could quickly escalate into war.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 11:56:22

Japan's Abe sends ritual offering to notorious Yasukuni Shrine on anniversary of Japan's surrender

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday on the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender which brought an end to World War II.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/8/15 10:00:25