Asia-Pacific
  • Pakistan’s supreme court has drawn praise from liberal for its brave refusal to be cowed down by extremist Islamist groups as it overturned the death penalty of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.

    Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010.
    LAST UPDATE : Oct 31, 2018, 6:15 AM EDT
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  • Rescue team members on a boat before they head to the Lion Air, flight JT610, sea crash location in the north coast of Karawang regency.

    The Lion Air passenger plane, which crashed into the sea off Jakarta with 189 people on board on Sunday, was hit by technical snag during its flight from Bali to the Indonesian capital a day before the tragic accident.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 30, 2018, 6:05 AM EDT
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  • The warming ties between the two Koreas have left the U.S. concerned.

    The brisk peace process on the Korean Peninsula entered “a new, higher stage” on Monday as the two Koreas agreed to begin reconnecting their rail and road links that have been cut since the 1950-53 Korean War.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 15, 2018, 6:30 AM EDT
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    The death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia reached 1200 on Tuesday after 34 bodies were recovered from the debris of a church buried by a mudslide in the city of Palu.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 02, 2018, 6:08 AM EDT
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the negotiations will be aimed at denuclearizing N. Korea by 2021.

    A day after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un announced his willingness to shut down a key missile launch site, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is ready to resume negotiations with Pyongyang.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 20, 2018, 5:48 AM EDT
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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.

    In a “leap forward” N. Korea’s Kim Jong-un has agreed to permanently shut down a key facility for testing and launching missiles if the U.S. takes “reciprocal measures,” said the South’s President Moon Jae-in.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 19, 2018, 5:31 AM EDT
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  • (Source: Vinayak Das/flickr)

    In a landmark verdict, India’s Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalized gay sex, ruling that any discrimination based on sexual orientation is unconstitutional and amounts to a violation of fundamental rights.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 06, 2018, 8:52 AM EDT
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  • Two Reuters journalists were detained in Myanmar in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

    Two Reuters journalists, who were detained in Myanmar in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, have been awarded a jail term of seven years for violating a state secrets act.

     
    LAST UPDATE : Sep 03, 2018, 7:17 AM EDT
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  • The accident involved a new Boeing 737 Max plane, which has been in operation since August, and the cause of crash remains unknown.

    A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane, carrying 189 people to Pangkal Pinang, an Indonesian tin-mining region, plunged into the sea within minutes after it took off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2018, 7:02 AM EDT
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