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Bangladeshi PM asks for early repatriation of Rohingya refugees

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked for an early repatriation of Bengali-speaking Rohingya refugees from her country to Myanmar.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/28 14:51:19

Danish vessel tests Russian Arctic route as ice pack melts

A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived on Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic as the ice pack melts and recedes.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/27 23:23:41

Australia moves to revive confidence in strawberries

Australian shoppers need to back farmers besieged by a contaminated fruit scare, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as it emerged Singapore's largest supermarket chain had put a halt on all strawberries from Down ­Under.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/27 23:18:41

Adultery no longer a crime in India: court

Adultery is no longer a crime, India's top court ruled Thursday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offense with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/27 23:18:40

South Korea's quiet trailblazer braces for a tough fight

The woman who started South Korea's #MeToo movement has a shy demeanor and a whispery voice, but Seo Ji-hyun's actions have had a resounding impact on the lives of her countrywomen.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/27 19:03:41

Abe eyes "major transformational change" in approach to DPRK

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday there will be a "major transformational change" in Japan's dealing with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 13:31:20

Pompeo says meeting with DPRK's FM on Trump-Kim summit "very positive"

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said here on Wednesday that he has had a "very positive" meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ri Yong Ho, to discuss the next summit between the two countries' top leaders.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 9:22:19

Trump threatens "tougher than ever" sanctions on Iran after Nov. actions

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States will impose "tougher than ever" sanctions on Iran after the punitive actions against the country slated in November this year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 9:13:45

Bill Gates hails China's achievements in poverty reduction, encourages others to emulate

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has hailed China's efforts and achievements in poverty reduction, and called on other countries to take a page from China's experience.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 9:12:11

South Korean president upbeat about peace on Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday struck an upbeat note over the peace prospects on the Korean Peninsula in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 8:51:31

Senior CPC official mourns passing of Vietnamese president

Zhao Leji, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), mourned the passing of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Wednesday in Hanoi.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/27 1:19:06

Biometric identity system upheld

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a massive biometric identity system, but flagged privacy concerns and curbed a government push to make it mandatory for services from opening bank accounts to securing cell phone connections.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/26 22:58:40

Laos not to face serious food shortages but temporary difficulties: minister

The Laos will not face serious rice shortages but will encounter temporary difficulties in supplying the staple grain, according to the country's National Ad Hoc Committee in charge of the post-disaster response.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/26 14:42:50

Possible second Kim-Trump summit brings opportunity, challenge -- U.S. experts

As the second summit between Pyongyang and Washington is likely to occur "soon," U.S. experts saw an opportunity to further ease the nuclear tension on the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that the meeting may be proved futile.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/26 12:02:25

Vietnam police bust $26m online gambling ring

Vietnamese police have broken up an online gambling ring worth almost $26 million and arrested 10 people and confiscated guns and cash, officials said Tuesday, the latest big bust in a country where illicit betting flourishes despite tough laws.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/25 22:58:40

China congratulates Maldives on election of new government

China on Tuesday called for continuity and stability in the Maldives after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the leader of an opposition that defeated incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in a weekend election.
Source: Agencies | 2018/9/25 22:58:39

High court in Japan allows nuclear reactor to restart in western Japan amid safety concerns

A Japanese high court on Tuesday revoked an injunction issued in December on appeal by Shikoku Electric Power Co. to restart a nuclear reactor in western Japan, despite ongoing safety concerns.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/25 20:31:35

Trump, Moon agree to keep pressure on DPRK, discuss 2nd US-DPRK summit

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Monday agreed to keep pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and discussed plans to hold a second meeting between Trump and the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/25 16:12:10