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Bombings kill 20 in Philippines

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country's restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming "yes" vote.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/27 20:13:39

US, Taliban see significant progress in talks

The United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/27 20:03:40

Volunteers participate in "solidarity walk" to mark start of government's rehabilitation project of Manila Bay

Volunteers march to Manila Bay in Manila, the Philippines, Jan. 27, 2019. Around 5,000 volunteers participated in the "solidarity walk" that marks the start of the government's rehabilitation project of Manila Bay.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/27 19:29:45

Twin explosions at church in southern Philippines kill 27

The death toll has climbed to 27 in the twin explosions at a church in the conflict-plagued Sulu province of the southern Philippines on Sunday, the police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/27 18:10:20

Israeli Embassy expresses 'dismay' over Thai pop idol's Nazi T-shirt

A member of Thailand's most popular all-girl band donned a shirt portraying Nazi Germany's state flag with a swastika emblazoned across it during a televised rehearsal on Saturday, drawing “shock and dismay” from the Israeli Embassy.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/27 18:03:40

Death toll in southern Philippines explosions climbs to 19

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said on Sunday that the death toll climbed to 19 in the twin explosions at a church in Sulu Province of the southern Philippines on Sunday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/27 13:52:09

New Zealand to join WTO talks on e-commerce rules

New Zealand will participate in negotiations to establish global e-commerce trade rules at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker said on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/26 21:36:26

Hotter than ever

A man dives into the water at Clovelly on Friday in Sydney, Australia. Large parts of central and eastern NSW are bracing for severe heat over the Australia Day weekend, with temperatures expected to be 6 degrees hotter than on Australia Day - January 26 - in 2018. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2019/1/26 0:38:39

S. Korean president's approval rating falls on economic concern

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell this week on a lingering concern about the lackluster economy, a weekly poll showed Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/25 15:14:43

Thailand to hold general election on March 24

Thailand's Election Commission on Wednesday set March 24 as the date for the country's long-awaited general election, one month later than an earlier schedule of Feb. 24.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/24 0:38:25

Thai king approves new election

Thailand's king has issued a royal decree endorsing the first general election since a 2014 coup, with a date for the long-delayed poll expected later Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 21:08:42

Famed Tokyo fish market to become venue for conferences

After 80 years of selling fish and seafood of all types, the site of Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji market will become an international conference center under plans proposed on Wednesday by the city authorities.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 19:33:41

Meticulous work ahead in Russia-Japan peace talks: Putin

Russia and Japan have "meticulous work ahead" on creating conditions for reaching a peace treaty, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/23 10:22:43

South Korea growth falls to 2.7%, slowest in six years

South Korea's GDP growth slowed to its weakest in six years at 2.7 percent in 2018, the central bank said Tuesday, as President Moon Jae-in's ratings fall amid concerns over the health of the world's 11th-largest economy.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/22 21:38:40

Indonesia reviewing early release for Bali bombing-linked cleric

Plans to free a radical cleric linked to the deadly Bali bombings are under review, Indonesia has said, after the surprise decision drew sharp criticism.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/22 21:33:41

Japanese Princess Mako's boyfriend bids to clear path for wedding

The boyfriend of Japan's Princess Mako insisted Tuesday his family had no financial difficulties hanging over them, after reports of an unpaid loan apparently forced a postponement to a fairy-tale wedding between the two college sweethearts.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/22 18:33:41

26 killed in oil tanker-bus collision in SW Pakistan

The death toll from the oil tanker-bus collision in Pakistan's southwestern sub-district of Hub on Monday evening rose to 26, local police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/22 10:08:06