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China braces for tests as new leadership completes 100 days

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) Change has been seen in China "though there are still tests and expectations ahead", said Chinese news agency Xinhua as the country's new leaders complete 100 days of governance.

China to tax carbon emissions

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) China will impose a new tax on carbon-dioxide emissions as part of policies aimed at protecting the environment and improving air quality, the finance ministry said.

China sends surveillance ships in South China Sea

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) A fleet of Chinese marine surveillance ships departed Monday to carry out regular patrol missions in the South China Sea, the country's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said Wednesday.

China to shut 5,000 non-coal mines over security

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China's safety watchdog has said it will suspend or shut down operations in over 5,000 non-coal mines this year over their failure to meet required safety standards, Xinhua reported.

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Easy day for Indian teams in Asian Junior Squash

Seoul, Feb 20 (IANS) The Indian junior squash team began with emphatic wins in the Asian Junior Team Championships here Wednesday.

Global sales of LG's Optimus L smartphones top 15 mn

Seoul, Feb 15 (IANS) Sales of LG Electronics' Optimus L Series smartphones topped 15 million units globally since its introduction in February 2012, the company said Friday.

South Korea's money supply growth slows

Seoul, Feb 13 (IANS) South Korea's money supply growth slowed in December, giving central bank more room to reduce borrowing costs to boost the economy, central bank data showed Wednesday.

South Korea on alert after North Korean n-test

Seoul, Feb 12 (IANS) The South Korean government condemned the nuclear test by North Korea Tuesday, calling it a "clear violation" of UN resolutions. The South Korean military was put on high alert.

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Japan News

Conductor Seiji Ozawa to again take up baton

Tokyo, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa, who cancelled his appearances almost a year ago because of his poor state of health, will return to the podium in August at a festival in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto, NHK television reported.

Japan plans talks on n-technology sales to Saudi Arabia

Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) The Japanese government has agreed to resume talks with Saudi Arabia on exports of nuclear technology for the construction of power plants in the Middle Eastern country, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Rare king cheetahs born in Japan

Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS/EFE) Two king cheetahs, of which only a few dozen are believed to exist in captivity, were born last month at Tama Zoo in the Japanese capital, a park spokesperson told EFE.

David, Venus replicas scandalise Japanese town

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS/EFE) The pale nakedness of replicas of Michelangelo's David and the Venus de Milo have scandalized some residents of a small Japanese town, who have asked that the intimate parts of the statues be covered to "preserve their modesty".

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Macao News

Sand China gets bigger with Sands Cotai Central

Macau, April 12 (IANS) The city welcomed over 28 million tourists from across the world in the past year. Now, footfalls could go up by 26 percent with the opening of the grand $4 billion Sands Cotai Central resort that boasts of the world's largest Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels.

Asian TT: Sharath-Saha bow out in quarters

Macau, Feb 28 (IANS) Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha were knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Asian Table Tennis Championships men's doubles, losing 0-3 to Chu Yan Leung and Yuk Cheung of Hong Kong here Tuesday.

Asian TT: Sharath-Saha stun China's second seeds, enter pre-quarters

Macau, Feb 27 (IANS) India's Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha caused one of the biggest upsets of the Asian Table Tennis Championships when they beat China's second seeds Ma Lin and Zhang Jike in straight games in the second round of men's doubles here Monday.

Asian TT: Indian men stretch Chinese Taipei in quarters

Macau, Feb 26 (IANS) Indian men bowed out of the medal reckoning after losing to Chinese Taipei 2-3 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Table Tennis Championships early here Sunday. Later, they lost 1-3 to North Korea in the 5-8 position matches.

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Mongolia News

Brazil to help Mongolia develop football

Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Sep 26 (IANS) Non-Resident ambassador of Brazil to Mongolia Clodoaldo Hugueney said here Wednesday his country was ready to help Mongolia develop football.

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North Korea News

North Korea conducts third n-test, world condemns move

Pyongyang/Seoul/Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Highly secretive North Korea revealed Tuesday it had conducted a third nuclear test, drawing condemnation from around the world and prompting South Korea to put its military on high alert and summon a meeting of the UN Security Council.

North Korea conducts third n-test, angers US

Pyongyang/Seoul/Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Highly secretive North Korea revealed Tuesday it had conducted a third nuclear test, a move that US President Barack Obama called highly provocative and which prompted South Korea to put its military on high alert.

North Korea conducts third n-test

Pyongyang/Seoul, Feb 12 (IANS) North Korea said Tuesday that it had successfully conducted a third nuclear test to safeguard its national security against hostile US policy, a move that prompted South Korea to put its military on high alert.

North Korea threatens nuclear test

Pyongyang, Jan 24 (IANS) North Korea said Thursday it plans a new nuclear test and more rocket launches.

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Philippines News

US n-sub to arrive in Philippines

Manila, Jan 31 (IANS) A US nuclear attack submarine, which was the first to launch Tomahawk missiles in an Iraqi operation in 2003, will arrive in the Philippines Friday for a routine port visit, Xinhua reported.

Philippines seeks US support over disputes with China

Manila, Jan 29 (IANS) The Philippines is trying to win US support for its move to bring territorial disputes with China to international arbitration, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.

Philippine exporters eye more opportunities in India

Manila, Dec 18 (IANS) The Philippine government Tuesday urged Filipino exporters to look for opportunities in India amid slowdown in key markets like the US and Europe and the existing trade agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and India.

Philippine boxing icon Pacquiao won't retire

Manila, Dec 12 (IANS) Philippine boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao said Wednesday he won't retire yet despite his recent defeat against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

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Taiwan News

Mental disorders double in Taiwan

Taipei, Nov 16 (IANS) A research team has found the prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) in Taiwan has doubled over the last two decades, Xinhua reported.

Taiwanese boats leave disputed islands after protest

Taipei, Sep 25 (IANS) Taiwanese fishing boats that sailed to the disputed Diaoyu islands to protest Japan's purchase of the islands completed their voyage Tuesday.

Bhullar wins third Asian Tour title

Taipei, Sep 17 (IANS) India's Gaganjeet Bhullar fought his way to his third Asian Tour title by closing with three-under-par 69 at the weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship here Monday.

Bhullar in lead after second round

Taipei, Sep 16 (IANS) India's Gaganjeet Bhullar had two closing birdies to thank for giving him the second round lead when play finally resumed at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship Sunday.

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Viet Nam News

29 killed in Myanmar state riot: Official

Yangon, June 14 (IANS) At least 29 people have been killed and 38 injured in riots in Myanmar's Rakhine state since June 8, the government said Thursday.

In Myanmar, the pygmies that time forgot

Yangon, June 13 (IANS) A group of pygmies, forgotten by time, lived among treacherous mountains in the region bordering Myanmar and Tibet till they were 'found' and written on by a wildlife conservationist.

State of emergency in Myanmar state

Yangon, June 11 (IANS) The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency in coastal Rakhine state Sunday night following unrest.

Myanmar gas exploration contract inked

Yangon, June 11 (IANS) A contract has been inked on exploring gas at an onshore block in Myanmar, official media reported.

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