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Taiwan applies to join Asia-Pacific trade pact days after China submitted its application

Taiwan applied to join a key Asia-Pacific pact just days after China submitted its application. The states have a complicated relationship. Taiwan considers itself as an independent nation, but China regards it as a breakaway province. On Thursday, Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator John Deng told reporters that if China joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for […]

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78-year-old man who went missing for four days after drinking too much found in the forest

A 78-year-old man who visited his local bar in Phetchaburi province, Thailand, for a pint on August 31 and ended up drinking five bottles of Chang. He then left on his motorbike – and vanished. His Thai wife Rachot Chanwijit, 61, became concerned after her husband didn’t return home, so she went to the pub […]

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Vietnam and Taiwan brace for twin tropical storms

Vietnam and Taiwan are bracing for twin tropical storms which are expected to make landfall over the coming days, with typhoon Chanthu strengthening into a Super Typhoon in the past 24 hours. Taiwan has issued a sea warning on Friday for Super Typhoon Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, which is currently expected to […]

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Syrian oil slick spreads across the Mediterranean Ocean, alarming neighboring nations

An oil slick that originated from a power plant on Syria’s Mediterranean coast has spread and alarmed the island nation of Cyprus. Authorities in Cyprus island are monitoring the leak and expansion. The Syrian media reported the oil spill from the plant, which is inside the Baniyas oil refinery. Satellite imagery showed that the slick spread […]

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Sri Lanka declares emergency over food shortage as banks run out of foreign exchange

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency over food shortages as private banks run out of foreign exchange to finance imports. With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he has ordered emergency regulations to counter the hoarding of sugar, rice and other essential foods. The regulations give […]

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Hong Kong: Man arrested over animal cruelty for pouring salt on snails, causing them to die

A man was arrested for sprinkling large amounts of salt on the snails at a fountain in Hong Kong after the rain, causing them to suffer from dehydration and die. During the period, some passers-by had asked the man to stop his action, but the man involved turned a deaf ear, made a special pose […]

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Quetta, Balochistan: Two policemen killed and nearly 21 others wounded in an explosion in Pakistan

At least two policemen were killed and nearly two dozen others wounded in a blast in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan in southwestern Pakistan, officials say. “At least two policemen were killed in the blast in Quetta,” Liaquat Shahwani, spokesman for the Balochistan government, said in a statement on Sunday. Another 21 people, including 12 […]

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Phuket: Thailand police charge local with murder of Swiss tourist near waterfall

Thai police have charged a 27-year-old man in connection with the death of a Swiss woman who was found dead near a waterfall on the resort island of Phuket last week. The woman, 57, was identified as Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf. Police found her face down in the water covered by a black sheet. Theerawut Tortip told reporters […]

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Man goes on stabbing spree on Tokyo commuter train after seeing women ‘looking happy’

At least ten passengers on a Tokyo commuter train were injured after being attacked by a knife wielding man. The 36-year-old suspect allegedly told police he became angry when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them, local media reported. One victim, a female student, is said to be seriously injured, while […]

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United Kingdom to permanently deploy warships in Asian waters to counter China’s growing influence

The United Kingdom announced that it will permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters after its Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships sail to Japan in September through seas where China is contending with the United States and Japan. Plans for the high-profile visit by the carrier strike group come as the UK deepens […]

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Hotel collapse in China leaves 17 people dead, 5 wounded

At least seventeen people were killed after a hotel collapsed in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou. Search and rescue crew teams found 23 people buried in the rubble after 36 hour operations – six of whom were alive. A preliminary investigation found the collapse was caused by the owner altering the structure of the […]

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Bangladesh factory owner arrested, charged with murder after 52 die in blaze

Bangladesh police arrested the owner of the factory where at least 52 people died in a fire late Thursday. Abul Hashem, the owner of Hashem Foods, and four of his sons were among eight people detained on Saturday. Police say they all face murder charges. Authorities said many of those who died were trapped inside […]