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Entrepreneurs at Iran’s domestic start-ups grab opportunities under shield from sanctions


The names may be unfamiliar but the services are immediately recognizable: Snapp is Iran’s answer to Uber, Digikala is its Amazon, and Pintapin its booking.com.

'Girls as dessert'

When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as “dessert.”

Cold comfort for needy kids

Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.


Keeping an eye

Palestinians pray as Israeli border police officers stand guard at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday. Dozens of Muslims have prayed in the street outside a major ...

Rubble in rebel enclave

A Syrian child looks out at a damaged building on Tuesday following an airstrike the previous night on the rebel-held town of Arbin, east of the capital. Women and children ...


Japan approves new plan to cut suicide rate

Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world's highest suicide rates.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 22:33:40

S.Korea lifts ban on court TV

South Korea's Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the filming of trials, opening the possibility of live TV coverage of the sentencing of disgraced president Park Geun-hye and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 22:33:39

Vatican without fountains

A woman looks at an empty fountain in St Peter’s Square, Vatican city, after the Vatican authorities decided to turn off some of the 100 fountains due to a drought affecting Rome on Tuesday. Two years of lower-than-average rainfall in Rome has forced Rome to close fountains and consider the prospect of water rationing.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 21:43:39

Entrepreneurs at Iran’s domestic start-ups grab opportunities under shield from sanctions

The names may be unfamiliar but the services are immediately recognizable: Snapp is Iran’s answer to Uber, Digikala is its Amazon, and Pintapin its booking.com.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/25 20:13:39

India is running out of time in Doklam dispute with China

Zhou Bo says the stakes are high for both India and China, but New Delhi's moral disadvantages in the issue, including its stance towards Bhutan, a sovereign state, weaken its position
Source: South China Morning Post | 2017/7/25 20:08:21

Spanish PM prepares for historic court appearance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will make history on Wednesday when he becomes the first Spanish leader sitting in office to give evidence in a court case.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 18:18:00

DPRK denounces CIA director's threat to remove its supreme leadership

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tuesday denounced the recent threat made by Mike Pompeo, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to "remove the supreme leadership" of the DPRK.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 18:11:23

Israeli forces arrest 26 Palestinians in West Bank raid

Israeli forces launched a large-scale detention campaign Tuesday in various areas of the West Bank and arrested 26 Palestinians, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 18:09:29

Record haul of 4.2 mln speed pills seized in Bangkok's suburb

A record haul of 4.2 million tablets of methamphetamine was seized in Bangkok's eastern suburb area Monday night, police said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 17:13:34

Kovind sworn in as new Indian president

Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India's 14th president on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 17:00:19

Egypt army kills 40 militants in Sinai raids

Some 40 militants were killed in military raids on their hotbeds in Egypt's province of North Sinai, armed forces said in a statement on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 16:55:51

US activists stress need to build anti-THAAD solidarity with S.Koreans

A delegation of US peace activists, who were on a five-day trip to South Korea, stressed the need to build solidarity with the people of South Korea to stand up against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system in the South Korean territory.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 16:52:07

Iran seeks 70 bln USD from investors to boost petrochemical sector

Iran will host an international petrochemical conference on November 26-27 and will try to seek 70 billion US dollars from investors to boost petrochemical sector, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/7/25 16:50:48