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Gambia's Jammeh offered last chance for peaceful exit before troops advance

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:05:30 GMT

West African leaders were due in Banjul on Friday morning to offer Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh a last chance to step down peacefully before regional forces, which have already entered the country, oust him.

Fruitless search for MH370 could mean bountiful catches for fishermen

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:05:23 GMT

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, though fruitless in terms of finding the aircraft, should provide fishermen in the Indian Ocean with detailed sea-floor maps, and help them land huge catches.

Freed Myanmar farmers renew fight against army over land

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:19 GMT

Farmers locked in a land dispute with Myanmar's armed forces pledged to renew their fight after being released from jail on Friday, in a case testing leader Aung San Suu Kyi's resolve to challenge the military's economic interests.

Thai junta sets up military-led reconciliation panel ahead of election

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:55:35 GMT

Thailand's junta is setting up a reconciliation panel of generals and experts to find common ground between political factions ahead of elections, the general named to lead the body said on Friday.

'Regrettable' Malaysia called for Extraordinary Session of OIC on Rohingya: Myanmar

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:45:59 GMT

Myanmar has said that Malaysia's decision to call for an Extraordinary Meeting to discuss the plight of the Rohingya at the OIC will add more complexity to an already complicated issue. 

Japan PM aims to strengthen US alliance under President Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:35:40 GMT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking in parliament hours before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office, said on Friday he wanted to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Three dead, more than 15 injured after driver ploughs car into Australian pedestrians

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:35:23 GMT

A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing three and injuring more than 15 in the centre of Australia's second largest city Melbourne on Friday, but police said the lunch-time incident was not terrorism-related.

Japan says mention of disputed islands on Korean Olympics site 'unacceptable'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:40:29 GMT

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday objected to mention on the Pyeongchang Olympics website of islands disputed by his country and South Korea, saying it was "unacceptable" and went against the spirit of the international competition.

China asks foreign diplomats for closer cooperation in anti-graft war

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:40:14 GMT

China asked foreign diplomats in Beijing to help "weave a cooperative network against corruption," state media reported on Friday, as Beijing seeks greater international cooperation in Chinese President Xi Jinping's four-year war on graft.

3 killed, 15 injured after car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:07:08 GMT

Police say the incident has been contained and there is no further threat to the public.

China says 2016 growth slows to 6.7%

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:07:26 GMT

The world's second-largest economy expanded 6.7 per cent in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said. 

China launches state financial media group - Xinhua

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:25:33 GMT

China has merged five state media companies in a bid to improve the quality and influence of the country's economic and financial news services, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 strikes off Solomon Islands in South Pacific: USGS

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:19:11 GMT

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands.

Left-leaning Chile presidential hopeful wants deeper reforms

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:50:19 GMT

Alejandro Guillier, an independent Chilean senator who has shot up in the opinion polls to go from relative unknown to serious presidential hopeful in just weeks, said on Thursday that Chile was going through profound social change and needed "more substantial" reforms.

North Korea may be readying missile test, timing unclear - US officials

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:45:32 GMT

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

Clashes as hardliners demand missing Pakistanis face blasphemy charge

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:40:56 GMT

Hardline religious protesters threw stones at supporters of five missing Pakistani activists on Thursday and demanded that police charge the missing men under a blasphemy law that carries a mandatory death sentence.

Taliban seeks to reassure UAE over Afghanistan attack

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:40:29 GMT

The Afghan Taliban has sought to reassure the United Arab Emirates that it was not behind an attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats and injured the ambassador, senior Taliban officials said on Thursday.

Japan hotelier's Nanjing Massacre denial sparks tourism boycott calls

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:10:41 GMT

A Japanese hotelier's denial of a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops in the Chinese city of Nanjing has prompted Chinese social media calls for a boycott of travel to Japan, threatening tourist arrivals days before the Lunar New Year holidays.

Indonesia jails Briton for sexually abusing teen

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:50:26 GMT

A court in the eastern Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Thursday sentenced a British man to five years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy, the man's lawyer said.

Islamic State-linked militants release 2 Filipino hostages

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:35:32 GMT

An Islamic State-linked kidnap gang in the Philippines freed two Filipinos held captive for nearly three months, the military said on Thursday, the second release in less than a week by a group notorious for beheading foreigners.

Malaysia to offer reward for missing Flight MH370

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:35:02 GMT

Malaysia said on Thursday it would pay a reward to any private company that found the fuselage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, days after a fruitless, three-year hunt was suspended.

China's top graft buster says officials should be made to sweat

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:50:28 GMT

Chinese officials must become used to routinely "blushing red and sweating" in the country's fight against corruption, China's top graft buster said in comments published on Thursday.

Hong Kong's former finance chief confirms run for top job

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:05:28 GMT

Hong Kong's respected former financial secretary John Tsang on Thursday confirmed his intention to run for the Asian financial hub's top job in March, at a time of growing political tension and anti-China sentiment.

The world according to Park: a blacklist and placenta shots in S Korea

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:40:38 GMT

In a tumultuous four years in power, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been criticised for her handling of a ferry disaster and the running of the economy, and also for bizarre episodes involving beauty treatments and bulk buying of Viagra.

Czech fugitive wanted for spreading HIV held in Thailand

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:55:27 GMT

 A Czech fugitive wanted in his homeland for knowingly spreading HIV to multiple victims has been arrested on a Thai resort island after living in the country for more than a year. 

Vietnam police halt anti-China protest over islands

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:25:32 GMT

Police in Vietnam's capital stopped an anti-China protest within minutes on Thursday at a ceremony to commemorate a clash between the two countries in the South China Sea more than four decades ago.

Death of Malaysian militant 'a huge blow' to Islamic State's SE Asia unit

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:13:51 GMT

Malaysian militant Zainuri Kamaruddin was involved in a series of incidents in his own country before going to fight in Syria, according to police. 

India school bus crash kills at least 15 children

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:20:45 GMT

At least 15 children were killed and dozens more injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India. 

Indian protesters urge Modi to allow ancient bull-taming rite

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:15:38 GMT

Protests by thousands of people demanding the resumption of a traditional Indian bull-taming festival have disrupted daily life across the southern state of Tamil Nadu, forcing its leader to urge intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chinese court jails former CNPC general manager for 15 years for graft

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:10:23 GMT

A Chinese court has jailed Liao Yongyuan, the former general manager of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), for 15 years for graft, a local court said on Thursday.