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First free trade zone launched in Vanuatu to attract foreign companies

The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has launched its first Free Trade Zone on the country's largest island of Espiritu Santo to attract foreign companies.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/15 17:44:28

High-level DPRK-US talks expected to be held this week to discuss 2nd summit: S.Korean media

High-level talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States were expected to be held in Washington this week to discuss the second DPRK-US summit, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday citing diplomatic sources.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/15 15:50:26

Dusty ceremony

South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves from fine dust in the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training center in Nonsan, on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/15 0:03:39

Birthday hug

A 1-year-old cub (right) hugs her mother Liang Liang at her first birthday in Malaysia's national zoo in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The female panda, who has not been named, is the second cub of Liang Liang and Xing Xing, a pair loaned from China.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 23:58:39

Nepal's Parliament Speaker says BRI contributes to his country's socio-economic development

Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nepal's Parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, on Monday said that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative would greatly contribute to his country's socio-economic development.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/14 20:45:58

Thailand plans to deploy rain planes as haze coats Bangkok

Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 20:23:41

Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air Boeing 737 crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a brand new plane fell out of the sky just after takeoff.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 20:23:40

Wife of ex-Nissan chief Ghosn slams 'harsh' Japan detention

The wife of ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has alleged her husband is being held in “harsh” conditions and subjected to round-the-clock interrogations intended to extract a confession.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 17:43:40

A million dead fish found in Australia's east

As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and the authorities warned Monday of more deaths to come.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 17:43:39

Korean animal group may be killing dogs

The leader of one of South Korea's largest animal rights groups has been accused of secretly exterminating hundreds of rescued dogs – despite a declared no-kill policy – to ensure a continued stream of donations.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/14 17:38:40

Australia's first driverless passenger train completes test journey

Australia's first driverless passenger train completed its maiden test journey in Sydney on Monday, travelling 36 km between suburbs in the city's northwest.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/14 16:16:41

S.Korea pushes for video reunion of separated families around Lunar New Year holiday

South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that it has been pushing to hold the video reunion of Korean families, separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, around the Lunar New Year's traditional holiday early next month.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/14 14:08:17

Elite forces

Paratroopers from Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade jump from a C-130 transport aircraft during an airborne exercise at Narashino training grounds in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture on Sunday. The brigade serves as Japan's elite paratrooper unit to counter enemy special forces units.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 20:33:40

Iran denies withdrawal from nuke deal

Iran's Foreign Ministry denied that Tehran considers withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear deal, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/13 19:52:58

Clash leaves 16 dead including 7 security personnel in Afghanistan

At least 16 people including nine insurgents and seven security personnel have been killed in a clash between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in northern Jawzjan province on Sunday, a local official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/13 19:23:28

Australia forces local govts to induct citizens on holiday

Australia's federal government has ordered local governments to hold naturalization ceremonies for new citizens on Australia Day amid controversy over the holiday, which some claim is offensive to its indigenous people.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/13 18:53:41

Indonesia seeks to reassure HIV patients over incoming drug shortage fears

Indonesia's health ministry has sought to reassure HIV patients that sufficient antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will be available for their treatment after some hospitals had run out of supplies.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/13 18:53:40

Myanmar suffers trade deficit of over 900 mln USD in over three months

Myanmar suffered 981.6 million US dollars of trade deficit as of Jan. 4 in present fiscal year 2018-2019 which started in October, according to the figures from the Commerce Ministry on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/12 19:33:53