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World Peace Forum in Jakarta proposes middle path to counter extremism

Straits Times Asian News - 47 min 28 sec ago
August 15, 2018 12:13 PM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The world should not be trapped in extremities based on religious beliefs or national ideologies; instead, it should take the "middle path", according to the resounding message driven home at the seventh biennial World Peace Forum in Jakarta that began on Tuesday (Aug 14).
Categories: Asian News

India will send manned flight into space by 2022, PM Modi declares in Independence Day speech

SCMP Asian News - 59 min 44 sec ago
India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation. “India will send into space - a man or a woman - by 2022, before that if possible,” Modi said in a marathon address at the Red Fort in New Delhi for the country’s Independence Day. The astronaut would be “carrying the national flag,” Modi said. The conservative prime minister said that India would be only the fourth country - after Russia...
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India to launch first manned space mission by 2022

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 12 min ago
August 15, 2018 11:48 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday (Aug 16), which could make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China.
Categories: Asian News

China to ensure achievement of annual growth target despite trade war: State planner

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 24 min ago
August 15, 2018 11:37 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China will keep its economic growth within a reasonable range in the second half of the year, and will ensure that its full-year growth target is achieved, the country's state planner said on Wednesday (Aug 15).
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South Korea to ban some BMW vehicles over engine fires

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 27 min ago
The government wants the cars off the roads until they have been safety checked by BMW.
Categories: Asian News

Indonesia promises haze-free Asian Games, stepping up on forest and land fires prevention

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 36 min ago
August 15, 2018 11:25 AM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The government is determined to carry out all necessary measures to prevent forest and land fires from spreading on the island of Sumatra, as the Asian Games are set to kick off on Aug 18 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, at the peak of the dry season.
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PM Mahathir's China visit to remove kinks in Malaysia-China ties

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 52 min ago
August 15, 2018 11:08 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The upcoming official visit of Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to China is special as it is crucial.
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe sends offering to controversial Yasukuni Shrine on war anniversary

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Wednesday, the anniversary of Japan’s second world war surrender, but did not visit in person. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea because the shrine honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, along with war dead. Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Masahiko Shibayama, who made...
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South Korea's Moon Jae-in hopes for progress on denuclearisation, treaty at next inter-Korea summit

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 18 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:42 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (Aug 15) his planned third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month would be another step towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
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Uproar as politician praises White Australia policy, urges Muslim ban

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 27 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:33 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday (Aug 15) after demanding "a final solution" to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy which favoured "European Christians".
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High-profile charity chief in China confesses publicly to sexual assaults

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 31 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:30 AM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Environmental activist Feng Yongfeng has become the second high-profile charity chief in China to confess publicly this week to sexually assaulting women.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says China wrong to police airspace over disputed sea

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 41 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:19 AM

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a rare rebuke of Beijing he wants China to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea and that it has no right to repel foreign aircraft and boats passing by its artificial islands in the disputed waterway.
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Japan hikes volcanic warning level, prepares to evacuate southern Kuchinoerabujima island

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 44 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:16 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan hiked the volcanic warning level on one southern island to the second highest on Wednesday (Aug 15), mandating that residents should prepare for evacuation, though an actual eruption at the peak had yet to be detected.
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Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn 'final solution' speech

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Senator Fraser Anning is condemned for using the Holocaust-associated term in an immigration debate.
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Yap, she is one true Malaysian: Woman proud to be named after country

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 57 min ago
August 15, 2018 10:03 AM

KUCHING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Not everyone shares the same birthday as Malaysia but for one Sarawakian, even her name commemorates the nation's formation.
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China slams US national defence law, saying it stokes conflict, undermines Chinese interests

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 1 min ago
August 15, 2018 9:59 AM

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Beijing bashed Washington on Tuesday (Aug 14) after US President Donald Trump signed into law the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes measures undermining China's territorial sovereignty and core interests.
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$4.50 for one avocado: In New Zealand, soaring prices drive a black market in avocados

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 2 min ago
August 15, 2018 9:59 AM

WELLINGTON (NYTIMES) - The popular breakfast of avocado toast is under threat in New Zealand, with two years of low harvests generating waiting lists for avocado trees at garden centers and inspiring a rash of thefts from orchards.
Categories: Asian News

North Korea talks moving 'in right direction': US State Department

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 48 min ago
August 15, 2018 9:12 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US talks with North Korea on denuclearisation are making progress "in the right direction," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday (Aug 14).
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Younger South Koreans say they contemplated emigration upon North Korea threat

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 15 min ago
August 15, 2018 8:46 AM

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Jang Ka-yoon, a 27-year-old office worker in Seoul, had thought about leaving her home country after watching TV news reports on the worsened security situation upon threats exchanged between North Korea and the US last year.
Categories: Asian News

Japan PM Shinzo Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine on WWII anniversary

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 42 min ago
August 15, 2018 8:18 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Wednesday, the anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender.
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