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Beijing deploys monkeys and falcons for war parade: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st August 2015

Beijing deploys monkeys and falcons for war parade: report BEIJING: China’s air force has called monkeys and falcons into service to ensure safe skies for a huge military parade this week to mark Japan’s defeat in World War II, reports said. Almost 200 aircraft will take part Thursday in commemorations for the 70th anniversary of what Beijing calls the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance...


Hong Kong diamond thief swapped stone for fake: police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2015

Hong Kong diamond thief swapped stone for fake: police WEB DESK: A thief swapped a $220,000 diamond with a fake at a luxury jewellery store in Hong Kong, police said Saturday, as the city wrestles with an uptick in shop theft. The diamond, valued at around HK$1.7 million ($219,000), was taken by a man in his 30s on Friday from a store in Hong...


The ‘Rainbow Grandpa’ saving a Taiwan village with art

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2015

The ‘Rainbow Grandpa’ saving a Taiwan village with art WEB DESK: Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers’ bulldozers. At 93 years old, the former soldier still gets up at 3am every day to spend...


Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2015

Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown BANGKOK: Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday — a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks. The ceremony, in which 2,155 kilograms of raw tusks and carved trinkets were fed into an industrial rock crusher before being incinerated, was...


Mao Zedong’s chief bodyguard dies aged 99: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd August 2015

Mao Zedong’s chief bodyguard dies aged 99: report BEIJING: The chief bodyguard of Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong and a key figure in the ousting of the Gang of the Four died Friday aged 99, state media reported. Wang Dongxing, born in January 1916, passed away in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement from the headquarters of the...


Rose Falvoured buns by KFC baffles customers in China

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th August 2015

Rose Falvoured buns by KFC baffles customers in China WEB DESK:  If you are in China, you might run into pink buns that KFC has launched recently. In order to increase sales, KFC launched pink burger buns and black diamond bacon spicy chicken leg. The pink sandwich is called the Rose cheese chicken leg roasted burger – which has roasted chicken, cheese, mayonnaise, tomato,...


13 dead, 300 hurt as huge blasts hits China’s Tianjin

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th August 2015

13 dead, 300 hurt as huge blasts hits China’s Tianjin TIANJIN, China: A series of massive explosions at a warehouse in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 13 people, state media reported Thursday, as witnesses described a fireball produced by the blasts ripping through the night sky. An AFP reporter at the scene observed shattered glass up to three kilometres (1.9 miles) from...


Typhoon lashes China’s east coast, 14 dead and four missing: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th August 2015

Typhoon lashes China’s east coast, 14 dead and four missing: Xinhua WEB DESK: A typhoon battered China’s east coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more. The 14 were killed after being washed away by flash floods or buried under collapsed houses or landslides, state news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities in Zhejiang province. Another four people were...


Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 6th August 2015

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing HIROSHIMA, Japan — Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday as Japan marked 70 years since the atomic bombing that helped end World War II but still divides opinion today on whether the total destruction it caused was justified. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and foreign delegates were among the tens of thousands gathered in Hiroshima’s Peace...


Two Turkish soldiers killed, 24 wounded in ‘PKK suicide attack’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd August 2015

Two Turkish soldiers killed, 24 wounded in ‘PKK suicide attack’ ISTANBUL: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and 24 were wounded early Sunday in a suicide bombing blamed on militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that ripped through their local headquarters in eastern Turkey, reports said. A suicide bomber drove a tractor laden with explosives up to the military station in the Dogubayazit district...


China building telescope with dish size of 30 football fields

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th July 2015

China building telescope with dish size of 30 football fields WEB DESK: Supercomputer Skyeye-1, capable of a quadrillion computing operations per second, will support space exploration by the world’s largest radio telescope whose dish size will be equivalent to 30 football fields. Assembly of the telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football fields and located deep in the mountains of Guizhou province, has...


Chinese woman dies after falling into an escalator

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th July 2015

Chinese woman dies after falling into an escalator WEB DESK: A woman died after falling into an escalator at a shopping centre in China, BBC reported. Footage from the incident which occurred on Sunday showed a metal panel at the top of the escalator giving way, causing the woman and her toddler to stumble. The woman, identified by local media as Xiang Liujuan,...


Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th July 2015

Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane BEIJING: A man who tried to set fire to the cabin of a plane with more than 100 people aboard as it was landing in southern China early Sunday was overpowered by fellow passengers and crew, reports said. Two of the 95 passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital and the man was detained,...


China may adopt ‘two-child policy’ this year as demographic timebomb looms

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd July 2015

China may adopt ‘two-child policy’ this year as demographic timebomb looms WEB DESK:Thirty-five years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “time bomb”, China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy. China is the largest population right now in the world. Pew Research Center claimed that including China, 5 more countries constitutes...


Nintendo President dies

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 14th July 2015

Nintendo President dies WEB DESK: President of the Nintendo game company died on Monday. Satoru Iwata, 55, was suffering from a bile duct tumor. Iwata was named president of the company in 2002, when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi. Iwata was only the fourth president in the history of Nintendo, and the first outside of the Yamauchi family. Even...


China firm to punish ‘unscheduled’ pregnancies: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th July 2015

China firm to punish ‘unscheduled’ pregnancies: report BEIJING: A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. “Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,”...


China welcomes US-Cuba deal on ties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

China welcomes US-Cuba deal on ties BEIJING: China on Thursday welcomed the re-establishment of formal ties between the US and Cuba, despite the move representing a reconciliation between Beijing’s longstanding Communist ally and its greatest diplomatic rival. Washington and Havana on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold...


More frequent heatwaves: Countries must deal with health risks: UN

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

More frequent heatwaves: Countries must deal with health risks: UN GENEVA: The UN urged countries Wednesday to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change. For the first time, the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) and its World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have joined forces to create guidelines for experts...


At least 116 feared dead in Indonesia military plane crash

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2015

At least 116 feared dead in Indonesia military plane crash MEDAN: At least 116 people are feared dead after an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed Tuesday into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said. Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a...


Iran’s Zarif to return to Tehran for consultations on nuclear talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

Iran’s Zarif to return to Tehran for consultations on nuclear talks VIENNA: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will return on Sunday to Tehran for one day to consult with the country’s leadership over the ongoing nuclear talks with major powers ahead of a June 30 deadline, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported. “Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow,” Tasnim...


Number of injured in Taiwan water park blast rises to 509: authorities

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

Number of injured in Taiwan water park blast rises to 509: authorities TAIPEI: The number of people injured in an explosion at a water park in Taiwan has more than doubled to over 500, authorities said Sunday, after tracking down hundreds of victims who took themselves to hospital or were taken by others in the crowd. Taipei health official Lee Lih-jong said 509 people had been injured,...


More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park TAIPEI: More than 200 people were injured, over 80 of them seriously, in an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said. Footage on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed crowds dancing as music played and clouds of powder being sprayed out...


Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sells off US arm

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd June 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sells off US arm SHANGHAI: China’s e-commerce titan Alibaba said Tuuesday it is selling its US shopping subsidiary 11 Main only a year after launching it, having reportedly failed to gain traction in the market. The site will be sold to US firm OpenSky, Alibaba said in a statement without putting a value on the deal. It said it...


Outrage in Israel as Arab MP says to join Gaza flotilla

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd June 2015

Outrage in Israel as Arab MP says to join Gaza flotilla JERUSALEM: An announcement by an Arab Israeli lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class. Basel Ghattas, an MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around...


Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd June 2015

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt TOKYO: Japan’s chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose. Joji Morishita said the whole debate about whether or not Japan should be killing the mammals had long since moved away from...


Experts fear rabies outbreak in Yulin

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th June 2015

Experts fear rabies outbreak in Yulin WEB DESK:  Experts fears that eating dog flesh might result in a rabies outbreak as the Yulin dog festival continues in China, international media reported. The festival which is going to take place on June 21 has created uproar by activists and animal lovers. In the festival dogs will be burnt, butchered and fried to...


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