Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00BEIJING: Central and eastern China are feeling the effects of this year’s biggest cold wave, which is forecast to last through tomorrow, bringing low temperatures, strong winds and snow to many parts of the country, the National Meteorological Centre said.White effect: A worker shovelling snow near snow-covered artificial flowers outside a shopping mall in Beijing. — AP
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00Peshawar (Pakistan): Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan, killing seven people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of militants violence.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00Manila: Filipino Islamic militants were likely behind an attack on a Vietnamese cargo ship in which one crew member was killed and six others abducted, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00JAKARTA: A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00Melbourne: A light aircraft smashed into shops and exploded into a “massive fireball” killing all five on board, including four American passengers reportedly golfers on the trip of a lifetime, officials in Australia said.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00BORACAY (Philippines): South-East Asian countries see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating, the Philippines said.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00TOKYO: Cigarette smoke hangs thick in the air of a Tokyo nightspot as Aki Nitta sips champagne with a trio of sweet-talking Lotharios peddling fake love at premium rates.Smooth operator: A male host sharing a lighter moment with a female customer at a club in the Kabukicho red-light district in Tokyo. — AFP
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00Kathmandu: Nepal will hold its first local elections in two decades in May, the government has announced, a key moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00NEW YORK: Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin (pic), who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, died in New York. He was 64.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:47:30 +08:00YANGON: Myanmar police are investigating the murder of four people in northern Rakhine state, the government said Tuesday, days after ending a military campaign in the area the UN has compared to ethnic cleansing.