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Bangladesh arrests chief suspect in US blogger murder

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2015

Bangladesh arrests chief suspect in US blogger murder DHAKA: Bangladesh’s elite security force said they had arrested a militant Monday over last week’s murder of the atheist American blogger Avijit Roy, accusing him of being behind earlier death threats on social media. “He is the main suspect” in the killing of Roy, said a spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) after Farabi...


1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd February 2015

1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia MACKAY, Australia: Australian officials said Sunday all efforts were being made to help those hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones which hit northern Australia within hours on Friday. The first, Tropical Cyclone Lam, hit remote communities...


Chinese MH370 relatives criticise Malaysia Airlines

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th February 2015

Chinese MH370 relatives criticise Malaysia Airlines KUALA LUMPUR: Grieving Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers blasted Malaysia Airlines Friday, detailing a long list of complaints and traumas they said were suffered as a result of the flight’s mysterious disappearance 11 months ago. The 21 family members arrived in Malaysia last week from China to demand authorities cancel a declaration that the plane’s...


Lunar New Year attack at Chinese nursing home kills three: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th February 2015

Lunar New Year attack at Chinese nursing home kills three: Xinhua BEIJING: A nursing home worker in central China went on a rampage early Thursday, state media reported, killing three people and leaving another 15 injured at the care facility. The attack took place in the early hours of the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Yongfeng township in Hunan province, the official...


India’s ruling party heads for election rout in Delhi, first blow for Modi

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th February 2015

India’s ruling party heads for election rout in Delhi, first blow for Modi NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was heading for election defeat in New Delhi at the hands of an anti corruption party, a TV projection showed on Tuesday, in the first blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year. Winning power in India’s states is critical to control of...


Boy, 9, detained after China mall fire kills 17: police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th February 2015

Boy, 9, detained after China mall fire kills 17: police BEIJING:  A nine-year-old boy has been detained after a shopping mall inferno that killed 17 people in China, police said Friday, the latest deadly accident in a country where safety standards are often flouted. The fire broke out Thursday on the top floor of a four-storey building in Huidong, in the city of Huizhou in...


Catholics fear wave of church attacks in India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Catholics fear wave of church attacks in India ISLAMABAD: A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of violence, and to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against religious intimidation. At least five Catholic churches in and around Delhi have reported various attacks, including suspected arson,...


Seven burnt to death after bus firebombed in Bangladesh

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Seven burnt to death after bus firebombed in Bangladesh DHAKA: Suspected anti government protesters threw a petrol bomb at a bus full of sleeping passengers in Bangladesh Tuesday, leaving seven people dead and several others fighting for life as deadly political unrest deepens. Police said the bus was attacked near the eastern town of Chuddogram. The deaths brought the number of people killed in...


Chinese airlines to scrap fuel surcharge from Feb 5 – executives

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Chinese airlines to scrap fuel surcharge from Feb 5 – executives BEIJING: Chinese airlines are set to scrap their fuel surcharges for domestic flights for the first time since late 2009, two airlines executives told Reuters, even as oil prices start to climb away from six-year lows this week. Passengers heading home for family reunions in the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, nevertheless, may still have...


N. Korea’s Kim slams ‘rabid dogs’ after Obama comments

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st January 2015

N. Korea’s Kim slams ‘rabid dogs’ after Obama comments SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang would not sit idly by “with rabid dogs barking” about toppling its socialist system, in apparent reaction to comments by US President Barack Obama that the regime was doomed, state media reported Saturday. Kim made the remarks while overseeing a joint naval and air force drill...


Honda cuts full year profit forecast by 3.5% on rising costs

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th January 2015

Honda cuts full year profit forecast by 3.5% on rising costs TOKYO: Honda on Friday slashed its full year net profit forecast by 3.5 percent to $4.6 billion owing to higher costs, as sales in Japan and China fell. The Civic and Accord maker said it now expects a net profit of 545 billion yen for the fiscal year to March, compared with its earlier estimate...


Political tensions behind China Japan economic issues: Beijing

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th January 2015

Political tensions behind China Japan economic issues: Beijing BEIJING: Political tensions are partly to blame for Japanese investment in China recording its biggest fall for almost a quarter of a century, Beijing’s commerce ministry said Thursday. Investment from Japan slid 38.8 percent to $4.33 billion last year, Chinese figures show, with a respected Japanese industry group saying the drop was the steepest since...


US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat BEIJING: Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party. “There is no doubt that we are very concerned about the freedom of the press, about the ability for...


Japan to extend two billion Yen for aid projects

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Japan to extend two billion Yen for aid projects ISLAMABAD: Government of Japan has decided to extend Yen 2 billion to Pakistan for the implementation of two grant aid projects. In this regard, Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Saleem Sethi, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, would sign an exchange of notes on Wednesday, Jan 28 here at Economic Affairs Division (EAD)....


Mongol hangs himself in China protest: group

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Mongol hangs himself in China protest: group BEIJING: A Mongol herder hanged himself from the gate of a Chinese government building in protest at land seizures in the latest instance of unrest in Inner Mongolia, a rights group said Tuesday. The suicide on January 19 came as part of several demonstrations by ethnic minority Mongols against alleged land grabs by local authorities,...


China officials dine on endangered salamander

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

China officials dine on endangered salamander BEIJING: Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing’s austerity campaign. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of Shenzhen, the Global Times said. “In my territory, it...


China’s online population nears 650 million: govt

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

China’s online population nears 650 million: govt BEIJING: The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world’s largest online population continues to rise. There were 648 million Internet users in China at the end of 2014, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the official Xinhua news agency...


India trying to tarnish Muslim identity of Kashmir: Speakers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

India trying to tarnish Muslim identity of Kashmir: Speakers ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar have said that India is trying to tarnish the Muslim identity of Jammu and Kashmir by rehabilitating non Kashmiris in the territory. Mrs Shamim Shawl, Secretary General Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen speaking at the seminar organised by Kashmir Tehreeke Khawateen in Islamabad (Indian Occupied) on unethical settlement of Hindus in Jammu said,...


Japanese hostage crises: a timeline

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th January 2015

Japanese hostage crises: a timeline TOKYO: The apparent execution of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State militants, marks one of the darkest moments in Japan’s experience of kidnapping. Here are some key hostage crises that have embroiled Japanese nationals abroad in the past: September 1977: Five armed Japanese Red Army (JRA) members hijack a...


China’s online population reaches 648 mln

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

China’s online population reaches 648 mln ISLAMABAD: China’s netizen population, the world’s largest, reached 648 million at the end of 2014, 16 million more than in June. According to Jin Jian, deputy director of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), online economy accounts for seven percent of GDP, up from 3.3 percent the previous year, Beijing Daily reports. More than...


Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Japan vows to ‘never give up’ search for IS hostages TOKYO: Japan on Saturday vowed to “never give up” its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence. Whether freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, the self-employed contractor he had gone to rescue, were alive remained unknown a day...


Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th January 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modeled partly on Chinese army HONG KONG: Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests. “Through drills and training camps, the new voluntary uniformed youth group aims to promote civic awareness,” China’s state-run China Daily reported on...


21 confirmed dead after tugboat sinks in China

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

21 confirmed dead after tugboat sinks in China BEIJING: Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media reported Saturday. The vessel was raised Saturday, 40 hours after it sank while undergoing testing with 25 people, including eight foreigners, aboard in the eastern province of Jiangsu on Thursday afternoon, state...


Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe TOKYO: Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next “Big One.” More than 14,000 people gathered to commemorate the victims in the western port city of Kobe, where a 7.2-magnitude quake hit at...


China media: Zhou, Bo formed ‘clique’ to challenge leaders

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th January 2015

China media: Zhou, Bo formed ‘clique’ to challenge leaders BEIJING: The two biggest Chinese politicians to fall in recent years, ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang and former high-flyer Bo Xilai, formed a “clique” together, state media reported Thursday as President Xi Jinping pledges a crackdown on Communist Party factionalism. The two men “celebrated their political rapport” and vowed to “play a big game”, the China...


Tycoon Li Ka-Shing losing status as China business ‘bellwether’: paper

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th January 2015

Tycoon Li Ka-Shing losing status as China business ‘bellwether’: paper BEIJING: A Chinese newspaper close to the ruling Communist Party on Wednesday said Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing’s days as a “bellwether” for China’s economy were probably over, downplaying a major corporate reshuffle. Billionaire Li, 86, last week announced a sweeping re-arrangement of his vast business empire. Hong Kong developer Cheung Kong Holdings, his flagship...


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