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Myanmar to hold hot air balloon competition in eastern state

Myanmar is to hold a hot air balloon competition in Taunggyi, the capital of eastern Shan state, to celebrate the traditional Tazaungdaing lighting festival, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/4 12:57:48

Endangered "dinosaur" fish thriving in Australian river

A river in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) is teeming with critically endangered ancient fish, the nation's peak scientific body has revealed.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/4 12:51:29

S.Korean president's approval rating stays high after inter-Korean summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating stayed high this week after picking up on expectations for peace on the Korean Peninsula, a weekly poll showed Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/4 10:15:44

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens to hurricane 810 km from Bermuda

Tropical storm Leslie grew in intensity to become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday, but currently poses no threat to land, Cuba's meteorological institute Insmet reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/4 10:15:10

Pompeo to travel to DPRK, meeting with Kim for talks

U.S. State Department said Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for further talks concerning the country's denuclearization.
Source: Xinhu | 2018/10/3 17:30:59

Mount Soputan volcano in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province erupts

Mount Soputan in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province spewed a column of ash up to 4 km into the sky on Wednesday, a disaster agency official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/3 12:30:19

Australian gov't to crack down on banks' currency conversion fees

The Australian government has launched an inquiry to crack down on banks' hidden foreign exchange fees worth up to 2 billion Australian dollars (1.4 billion US dollars) every year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/3 11:48:46

Nepali president sends condolences to Indonesian counterpart over deadly earthquakes, tsunami

Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari has sent a message of condolence to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the loss of lives in last week's devastating earthquakes and tsunami, the ministry of foreign affairs said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/3 11:45:26

Indonesian quakes, tsunami death toll climbs to 1,249

The death toll of Indonesia's multiple powerful quakes that triggered tsunami in Central Sulawesi province on Friday soared to 1,249 people with 799 others sustaining serious injuries, a governmental disaster official said here on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/2 17:19:53

End of war not a gift: official DPRK news agency

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will not hope for the end of the war on the Korean Peninsula if the United States does not want it, and the issue should not be used as a "bargaining chip" in denuclearization talks, the official DPRK news agency said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/2 17:13:10

S.Korean delegation to visit Pyongyang for 11th anniversary celebration of 2007 summit

A South Korean delegation will visit Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), later this week to jointly celebrate the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit, Seoul's unification ministry said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/2 17:00:53

Japan's Abe changes LDP line-up as upper house election comes into view

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) line-up on Tuesday, following the party's leadership election on Sept. 20 during which he won against sole rival former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/2 16:22:28

UN says over 190,000 need humanitarian aids after quakes, tsunami in Indonesia

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Monday that a total of 191,000 people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance after multiple quakes and an ensuing tsunami devastated Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/2 9:15:16

2 dead, hundreds injured as Typhoon Trami batters Japan

A powerful typhoon tore through Japan on Sunday and early Monday morning, leaving at lest two people dead and injuring more than 120 as well as wreaking havoc on transportation systems.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/1 12:10:22

Fijian president issues writ of 2018 general elections

Fijian President Jioji Konrote issued on Monday the writ of 2018 general elections, confirming that the general elections will be held on Nov. 14 this year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/1 12:09:59

S.Korea, DPRK launch landmine removal in border areas

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday launched the removal of landmines in border areas as part of efforts to implement the inter-Korean military agreement, local media reported citing Seoul's defense ministry.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/1 12:06:09

Aussie PM personally responsible for controversial barrier reef funding

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken responsibility for a controversial grant handed to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/1 12:04:55

Opponent to US base relocation wins governor race in Japan's Okinawa

Denny Tamaki, a former opposition lawmaker and opponent to the central government's plans to relocate the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election Sunday, local media reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/10/1 11:51:20