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Massive tuna nets $3.1 million at Japan auction

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 08:16
Self-proclaimed Japanese "Tuna King" and sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a giant blue fin tuna at Tokyo's first new year's auction on Saturday.

Ex-North Korean diplomat writes open letter to 'missing' envoy to Italy

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 20:04
A former North Korean diplomat who defected in 2016 published an open letter Saturday to Pyongyang's "missing" chargé d'affaires to Italy, Jo Song Gil, suggesting he move to Seoul.

Tropical Depression Pabuk leaves Thailand, moves into Andaman Sea

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 11:59
Tropical Storm Pabuk has been downgraded to a depression and has left Thailand, the Thai Meteorological Department announced in a news conference Saturday.

China's far side of the moon mission is just the start of its space ambitions

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 08:58
As you read this, a spindly-looking silver robot with a satellite dish for a head is exploring places never seen up close before by humans.

Is the Kerala temple battle about gender, law or religion? Unfortunately, all three

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 16:44
To call it big would be an understatement. On Tuesday, a human chain stretching for more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) was formed by millions of women in the southern Indian state of Kerala to demand entry to a major Hindu temple that traditionally barred women of child-bearing age.

China closer to equipping warships with railguns, state media reports

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 14:43
China is getting closer to equipping its warships with electromagnetic railguns, state media reports -- which, if true, means its fleet could soon boast some of the most advanced weapons technology on the planet.

Thousands stranded on Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk nears

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 14:43
Thousands of people have been left stranded on Thailand's southern gulf coast as authorities moved to suspend all flights and ferry services ahead of what could be the worst storm to hit the country in decades.

China's censors face a major test in 2019

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:38
The internet blackout began with no warning.

Why people keep dying on Thailand's roads

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 09:37
Driving in Thailand can be a hair-raising experience at the best of times, but during the country's so-called "seven dangerous days" over the New Year holiday motorists take their lives in their hands.

A British military base on South China Sea is not far-fetched

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:35
When the British defense minister revealed this week that new military bases were being considered in Asia, critics questioned whether London has the money -- or strategic vision -- to carry out such a plan.

North Korean envoy to Italy 'missing'

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 17:21
North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has been missing for weeks, a South Korean lawmaker said, raising suspicions that he may have defected.

First women to enter India temple in centuries now in hiding as protests rage

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:21
The two women who broke with centuries of conservative taboo Wednesday to enter a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala are now in hiding, as violent protests left at least one person dead.

Ancient tsunami almost wiped out civilization in southern China, study finds

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:21
A tsunami which struck southern China around a thousand years ago nearly wiped out civilization in what is now one of the most densely populated regions of the planet, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

Satellite images show extent of Indonesian volcano's collapse

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:21
New satellite images show the extent of the changes caused by the collapse of the Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami in late December last year.

'Stalinist' Vietnamese cybersecurity law takes effect, worrying rights groups

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 20:58
Vietnam has enacted a catch-all cybersecurity law which, free speech advocates and rights groups say, could easily be used to ensnare citizen journalists and bloggers.

Japan's Emperor Akihito draws record numbers for farewell New Year's speech

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 16:55
Japan's emperor drew record numbers of well-wishers to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for his annual New Years' speech -- his last before he abdicates in April.

Xi warns Taiwan independence is 'a dead end'

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:52
Xi Jinping called on Taiwan to reject independence and embrace "peaceful reunification" with China, in a conciliatory speech that nevertheless took a hard line on the self-governing island's political sovereignty and freedoms.

September 2017 nuclear test triggers 2019 earthquake in North Korea

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:52
North Korea's sixth nuclear test was so powerful that it's still triggering earthquakes more than a year later.

Indian women form 620 km human chain in support of temple equality

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:52
Tens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Kerala have formed a series of human chains extending an estimated 620 kilometers (385 miles) as a show of solidarity in protest at a refusal to admit women to the Sabarimala Temple, one of Hinduism's holiest sites.

As Hong Kong tightens screws on rebellion, democracy moves further out of reach

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:51
"If this is the cup I must take, I will drink with no regret."

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