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Tense Thailand votes after election eve violence

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:03:28 GMT

Elections in Thailand passed off peacefully on Sunday but the country was no nearer to ending its intractable political conflict, with the government facing the prospect of months of paralysis, protests and complex legal challenges.



Togo seizes tusks of 500 dead elephantsAuthorities in Togo have seized nearly 4 tons  of ivory —  the tusks from over 500 dead elephants — hidden in containers destined for Vietnam, officials said on Monday.

Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:53:02 GMT

(image) Authorities in Togo have seized nearly 4 tons  of ivory —  the tusks from over 500 dead elephants — hidden in containers destined for Vietnam, officials said on Monday.


Authorities in Togo have seized nearly 4 tons  of ivory —  the tusks from over 500 dead elephants — hidden in containers destined for Vietnam, officials said on Monday.



Indonesian volcano claims lives for the first timeIndonesia's long-erupting Mount Sinabung volcano killed at least 11 people on the western island of Sumatra on Saturday, the first time it is known to have claimed any lives, a senior government official said.

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:27:40 GMT

(image) Indonesia's long-erupting Mount Sinabung volcano killed at least 11 people on the western island of Sumatra on Saturday, the first time it is known to have claimed any lives, a senior government official said.


Indonesia's long-erupting Mount Sinabung volcano killed at least 11 people on the western island of Sumatra on Saturday, the first time it is known to have claimed any lives, a senior government official said.



Philippine typhoon survivors fear being forgottenIt’s been almost three months since Typhoon Haiyan – or Yolanda, as it’s called by Filipinos – struck this part of Leyte province with a force stronger than Katrina or Sandy, killing at least 6,000 people.

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:08:33 GMT

(image) It’s been almost three months since Typhoon Haiyan – or Yolanda, as it’s called by Filipinos – struck this part of Leyte province with a force stronger than Katrina or Sandy, killing at least 6,000 people.


It’s been almost three months since Typhoon Haiyan – or Yolanda, as it’s called by Filipinos – struck this part of Leyte province with a force stronger than Katrina or Sandy, killing at least 6,000 people.



US journalist among injured in Thailand clashesGunfire rang out across a busy intersection in Thailand's capital for more than an hour Saturday as government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense nationwide elections one day before the vote begins.

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:25:41 GMT

(image) Gunfire rang out across a busy intersection in Thailand's capital for more than an hour Saturday as government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense nationwide elections one day before the vote begins.


Gunfire rang out across a busy intersection in Thailand's capital for more than an hour Saturday as government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense nationwide elections one day before the vote begins.



World's oldest known flamingo dies aged 83 It was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but "Greater," the world’s oldest known flamingo, died at an zoo in Australia Friday aged 83.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:22:57 GMT

(image) It was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but "Greater," the world’s oldest known flamingo, died at an zoo in Australia Friday aged 83.


It was born at the end of the Great Depression and survived World War II - and an attack by youths - but "Greater," the world’s oldest known flamingo, died at an zoo in Australia Friday aged 83.



Castaway's tale: year lost at sea, drinking turtle bloodPolice on a remote Pacific Island are investigating the incredible account of a Mexican man who says he spent a year lost at sea — living off fish and turtle blood — before washing ashore in a boat.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:01:22 GMT

(image) Police on a remote Pacific Island are investigating the incredible account of a Mexican man who says he spent a year lost at sea — living off fish and turtle blood — before washing ashore in a boat.


Police on a remote Pacific Island are investigating the incredible account of a Mexican man who says he spent a year lost at sea — living off fish and turtle blood — before washing ashore in a boat.



Dogs will have their day in Year of the HorseBEIJING – China will ring in the Year of the Horse this Friday - and like with any fresh start, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:15:37 GMT

(image) BEIJING – China will ring in the Year of the Horse this Friday - and like with any fresh start, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.


BEIJING – China will ring in the Year of the Horse this Friday - and like with any fresh start, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.



Bae must serve his 15 years hard labor: N.Korea

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:25:45 GMT

North Korea will not release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae until he finishes his sentence of 15 years hard labor, according to a rare interview with a Pyongyang diplomat.



N. Korea building launch pad able to aim at U.S.?

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:34:01 GMT

North Korea is improving one of its missile launch sites and may soon be able to fire rockets large enough to hit mainland United States, according to experts.



Lesbian to tycoon dad: Don't pay to turn me straight

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:51:38 GMT

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong property tycoon has written her father an open letter asking him to stop offering millions of dollars to any man who would marry her.



Smog could nix Chinese New Year fireworks

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:17:13 GMT

Fireworks may be absent from China's New Year celebrations on Friday after state weather forecasters called for a ban on them because of heavy smog warnings.






Tata Motors executive dies in fall from hotelMUMBAI — Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors Ltd , died on Sunday after falling from a high floor of a hotel in Bangkok, the company said.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:48:52 GMT

(image) MUMBAI — Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors Ltd , died on Sunday after falling from a high floor of a hotel in Bangkok, the company said.


MUMBAI — Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors Ltd , died on Sunday after falling from a high floor of a hotel in Bangkok, the company said.



China jails prominent rights activist for four yearsA Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets. The Beijing No.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:54:29 GMT

(image) A Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets. The Beijing No.


A Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets. The Beijing No.



China crackdown brings happy New Year for sharksAs China prepares to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Horse, conservationists are hoping it may also turn out to be the Year of the Shark.

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:18:28 GMT

(image) As China prepares to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Horse, conservationists are hoping it may also turn out to be the Year of the Shark.


As China prepares to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Horse, conservationists are hoping it may also turn out to be the Year of the Shark.



N. Korea calls for end of hostilities in letter to SouthNorth Korea has written an open letter to South Korea ahead of its joint military drills with the United States calling for end to hostilities between the two nations.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:04:35 GMT

(image) North Korea has written an open letter to South Korea ahead of its joint military drills with the United States calling for end to hostilities between the two nations.


North Korea has written an open letter to South Korea ahead of its joint military drills with the United States calling for end to hostilities between the two nations.



China activist accused of making 'racket' goes on trialDozens of police worked to keep the calm in front of a courthouse in Beijing at the start of the trial of a prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist and legal scholar on Wednesday. 

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:04 GMT

(image) Dozens of police worked to keep the calm in front of a courthouse in Beijing at the start of the trial of a prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist and legal scholar on Wednesday. 


Dozens of police worked to keep the calm in front of a courthouse in Beijing at the start of the trial of a prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist and legal scholar on Wednesday. 



Tax havens hide Chinese leaders' riches: report

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:26:16 GMT

China’s top leaders are hiding vast wealth through offshore companies set up by relatives and close associates, according to a report by an investigative journalism group.



'Ellen DeGeneres Show' strikes unique deal in ChinaComedian Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show will be the first daily American show of its kind to be distributed in China, its U.S. and Chinese distributors said on Tuesday.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:55:41 GMT

(image) Comedian Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show will be the first daily American show of its kind to be distributed in China, its U.S. and Chinese distributors said on Tuesday.


Comedian Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show will be the first daily American show of its kind to be distributed in China, its U.S. and Chinese distributors said on Tuesday.



At least 30 dolphins killed in controversial Japan huntJapanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows on Tuesday and, hiding from reporters and TV cameras behind a tarpaulin, killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:09:12 GMT

(image) Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows on Tuesday and, hiding from reporters and TV cameras behind a tarpaulin, killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages.


Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows on Tuesday and, hiding from reporters and TV cameras behind a tarpaulin, killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages.



Anti-corruption campaigner faces trial in ChinaA prominent anti-corruption activist and legal scholar is due to go on trial Wednesday accused of organizing demonstrations essentially demanding the authorities obey their own transparency laws.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:08:24 GMT

(image) A prominent anti-corruption activist and legal scholar is due to go on trial Wednesday accused of organizing demonstrations essentially demanding the authorities obey their own transparency laws.


A prominent anti-corruption activist and legal scholar is due to go on trial Wednesday accused of organizing demonstrations essentially demanding the authorities obey their own transparency laws.



Caroline Kennedy 'concerned' by Japan dolphin hunt

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:18:41 GMT

TOKYO -- Caroline Kennedy has expressed her deep concern at the "inhumaneness" of an annual dolphin hunt carried out by fisherman in Japan, where she serves as U.S. ambassador.



US missionary detained in N. Korea pleads for helpPYONGYANG, North Korea -- An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:19:32 GMT

(image) PYONGYANG, North Korea -- An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.


PYONGYANG, North Korea -- An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.



28 hurt as blasts hit Thai anti-government protest

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:51:36 GMT

BANGKOK -- Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand's capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation's increasingly bloody political crisis drags on.



Can China really stop 350M people from smoking?BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more.

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:09:49 GMT

(image) BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more.


BEIJING – There are some 350 million smokers across China, but walking through the country’s many restaurants, bars and other public spaces, you’d be forgiven if you thought there were even more.



Japanese WWII soldier who hid for 29 years diesA Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end of World War II died on Friday aged 91.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:22:05 GMT

(image) A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end of World War II died on Friday aged 91.


A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle and refused to surrender until 29 years after the end of World War II died on Friday aged 91.



Explosive device injures 36 protesters in ThailandAn explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters tore through the group injuring 36 and seriously hurting one as they marched through the country’s capital Bangkok on Friday, police said.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:28:47 GMT

(image) An explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters tore through the group injuring 36 and seriously hurting one as they marched through the country’s capital Bangkok on Friday, police said.


An explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters tore through the group injuring 36 and seriously hurting one as they marched through the country’s capital Bangkok on Friday, police said.



Mom takes nagging to new level with newspaper adJust how far would a mother go to ensure her son came home for the holidays? One Chinese man is learning the hard way after his mother printed "Letter to My Son" on the front-page of a Chinese-language newspaper.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:44:27 GMT

(image) Just how far would a mother go to ensure her son came home for the holidays? One Chinese man is learning the hard way after his mother printed "Letter to My Son" on the front-page of a Chinese-language newspaper.


Just how far would a mother go to ensure her son came home for the holidays? One Chinese man is learning the hard way after his mother printed "Letter to My Son" on the front-page of a Chinese-language newspaper.



Strong quake rattles New Zealand's north island

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:27:30 GMT

A strong earthquake — a magnitude 6.3 — rattled New Zealand's north island on Saturday morning, centered about 40 miles southeast of the town of Palmerston, the U.S. Geological Society said.



Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:45:24 GMT

Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive.



Doomsday cult member goes on trial in JapanA famed former member of the notorious Japanese doomsday cult that carried out the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, faced trial Thursday almost 19-years after going on the run.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:44:14 GMT

(image) A famed former member of the notorious Japanese doomsday cult that carried out the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, faced trial Thursday almost 19-years after going on the run.


A famed former member of the notorious Japanese doomsday cult that carried out the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, faced trial Thursday almost 19-years after going on the run.



Eats shoots and leaves: US-born panda off to China

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:54:14 GMT

CHENGDU, China -- Yun Zi was nervously exploring his new Chinese home Sunday, pacing back and forth and peeping over the top of grass verge at the curious staff who'll now be looking after him.



Rodman apologizes again for failing to help BaeBEIJING - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized on Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea during his trip there.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:20:47 GMT

(image) BEIJING - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized on Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea during his trip there.


BEIJING - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized on Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea during his trip there.



Protesters paralyze Thai capital in bid to oust PM

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:20:50 GMT

Anti-government protesters aiming to shut down central Bangkok took over key intersections Monday, halting much of the traffic into the Thai capital's main business district as part of a months-long campaign to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.



Cockroach burrowed into man's ear while he sleptDoctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man's ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports Friday.

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:30:17 GMT

(image) Doctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man's ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports Friday.


Doctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man's ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports Friday.



Japan plans nuclear reactor meltdown for researchNuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning how to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, according to local media reports.

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:01:39 GMT

(image) Nuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning how to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, according to local media reports.


Nuclear scientists in Japan are planning a controlled reactor meltdown in the hope of learning how to prevent disasters like the one at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, according to local media reports.



Dead tiger found in SUV in ChinaPolice in China found a tiger's dead body after they intercepted two men loading a suspicious sack into a van.

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:58:08 GMT

(image) Police in China found a tiger's dead body after they intercepted two men loading a suspicious sack into a van.


Police in China found a tiger's dead body after they intercepted two men loading a suspicious sack into a van.