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Heavy rains in Australia's Sydney cause flooding, public transports affected

Heavy rains caused extensive flooding in Sydney on Wednesday, creating chaos on roads and public transport, with flights being delayed and trees and infrastructure damaged.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/28 10:01:33

Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on US base relocation plan next year

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said Tuesday that a prefectural referendum will be held in February 2019 on the central government's controversial plan to relocate a US military base within the island prefecture.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/28 2:07:01

Liberal Party staggers toward fresh Australia election in May

Australia is set for a May election showdown after the prime minister Tuesday announced a budget date in the new year and his weakened liberal party staggers on following another defection.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/27 21:43:41

Indonesian govt's religious heresy app draws fire

A new Indonesian government app that lets the public report suspected cases of religious heresy is drawing fire as rights groups warn it could aggravate persecution of minorities in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/27 21:38:42

Bangladeshi former PM Khaleda "ineligible" for elections as court bars convicted people from polls

A High Court division bench in Bangladesh on Tuesday ordered that nobody can compete in polls if he or she is imprisoned for more than two years, meaning former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is "ineligible" for general elections slated for Dec. 30, the country's Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told media shortly after the court ruling.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/27 16:32:52

5.0-Magnitude quake strikes Japan's southern Ibaraki Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck Japan's southern Ibaraki Prefecture, the weather agency here said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/27 8:48:59

Pompeo highlights role of working group in Korean Peninsula peace, denuclearization

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently emphasized the role of a working group set up by the United States and South Korea in coordination of the Korean Peninsula-related issues including peace mechanism and denuclearization.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/27 7:36:54

Abe's push to revise constitution takes more time: Komeito chief

Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the ruling coalition's junior Komeito party, indicated Monday that it might be difficult next year for lawmakers to push forward effectively with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to amend the country's pacifist constitution.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/27 0:51:00

Myanmar to host int'l textile, garment expo in Yangon in December

An international textile and garment expo hosted by Myanmar will take place in Myanmar's largest city Yangon from Dec. 6-9, according to the event organizer Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 16:40:02

Philippines' most active volcano spews ash, alert level 2 issued

Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, spewed ash on Monday and is "at a moderate level of unrest," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 12:51:27

Sri Lankan president to probe alleged fraud by former gov't

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will appoint a commission to probe into the alleged fraud and malpractices which took place under the previous government led by ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 11:49:09

Fresh fighting resumes in Yemen's Hodeidah, shattering UN-led peace efforts

A fresh wave of fighting erupted between the Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels in Yemen's western port city of Hodeidah just a few hours after the departure of the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 11:36:39

6 al-Qaida operatives killed by US drone strike in central Yemen

At least six operatives of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed in a US drone strike in the central province of al-Bayda on Sunday, a security official told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 8:49:09

9 killed, 46 injured in separate bus accidents in north India

Nine people died and around 46 injured in two separate accidents involving passenger buses in India's northern hilly state of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, said local media reports.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/26 8:31:00

Scores feared drowned after boat sinks in Uganda lake

Twenty-two people have died and more than 60 are feared drowned after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/25 20:53:41

Wrestlers in arms

North and South Korea have long grappled over their joint symbols at the United Nations cultural organization (UNESCO), but they could share the honors this week when twin applications for traditional Korean wrestling come up for consideration.
Source: AFP | 2018/11/25 20:48:40

Five suspected drug traffickers gunned down in Thai-Myanmar border

Five suspected drug traffickers were killed in a clash with Thai army troops in Thai-Myanmar border area on Saturday night.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/25 17:43:31

UN Security Council condemns attack on Chinese consulate, terrorist bombing in Pakistan

The UN Security Council on Saturday condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's attacks against the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi and a market in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/11/25 14:22:06