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DAB legislator may be unopposed

DAB legislator Wong Yung-kan may be returned unopposed as the Legco member representing the agriculture and fisheries sector - following doubts over whether the candidacy of his rival, Leung Wo-Ping, is valid.

Musharraf faces impeachment

Saeed Shah and Ewen MacAskill Guardian.co.uk 07.08.2008
Pervez Musharraf during the visit of the Olympic torch to Islamabad in April. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

Pakistan's ruling coalition today agreed "in principle" to begin impeachment proceedings against the country's president, Pervez Musharraf.


China's new Wall Street

China View 07.08.2008
A view of the Beijing CBD at night, featuring landmark buildings and multiple forms of transport. (Photo Source: China Daily)

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- The Beijing Central Business District (CBD) occupies 3.99 sq km of the Chaoyang district on the east side of the city. It is conveniently equidistant to Tian'anmen Square, the Beijing Capital International Airport ex...

Malaysia's Anwar charged with sodomy, granted bail

Jalil Hamid and Niluksi Koswanage Reuters 07.08.2008
Malaysia's leading opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur August 7, 2008.  REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's leading opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sodomy at a court hearing on Thursday in a move that could damage his chances of staging a political comeback in the majority Muslim country.


Afghan drug profits endanger NATO troops: expert

A former U.S. counternarcotics official is calling on Canada and NATO countries to push Afghanistan to eradicate the country's opium poppy production. Thomas Schweich, who was a top official in the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law En...


Kabul bombing will not deter India: PM

Terming the Kabul embassy bombing as an attack on Indo-Afghan friendship, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday declared that it will not deter New Delhi from continuing its reconstruction of the war-torn country and announced a fresh assistance...

At least 145 killed in India temple stampede

Randeep Ramesh The Guardian 04.08.2008
Police and villagers surround the dead bodies of devotees at the civil hospital in Anandpur Sahib, in northern India. Photograph: AFP/Getty images

At least 145 pilgrims, including 30 children, were killed in a stampede yesterday that was apparently sparked by rumours of a landslide at a Himalayan hill shrine in northern India.


Fire breaks out on Vietnam airliner in Japan: official

TOKYO (AFP) — A fire broke out Wednesday in the engine of a Vietnam Airlines passenger plane after it landed in Japan, but no one was injured, the transport ministry said.

Can You Say ‘Foot Fetish’?

Weird Asia News 29.07.2008
Can You Say ‘Foot Fetish’?

What do you get when 2016 participants decide to put their hands and feet together?


Amnesty urges China to free activists

The human rights group, Amnesty International, has called on the Beijing authorities to release all human rights activists they've jailed.

Missiles hit school near Afghan-Pakistan border

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Missiles hit a religious school Monday in a village just inside Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, killing six people, officials and state media said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the incident fol...


India leaders appeal after blasts

India's president and prime minister have appealed for calm after a series of explosions killed at least 38 people in the western city of Ahmedabad.

Pilot Captain John Francis Bartels (right) looks at the hole of Melbourne bound Qantas Airways Boeing 747

MANILA (AFP) — A Qantas Boeing 747 flying to Melbourne made an emergency landing in Manila on Friday after a dramatic mid-air rupture that left a "gaping hole" in its fuselage, officials and passengers said.


Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej speaks during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 4, 2008.  (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia will pursue U.N. intervention to avoid a military confrontation with Thailand if talks between the two countries fail to produce a breakthrough, the Cambodian foreign minister said Friday.

Rocks sit on a road following an earthquake in Iwaizumi

HACHINOHE (AFP) — Residents of northern Japan said Friday that careful preparations and lessons learned from previous earthquakes limited the damage caused by the latest major tremor to hit the region.


(AP Photo/Kyodo News)

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled parts of northern Japan early Thursday, injuring more than 100 people, triggering landslides and cutting power to thousands of people, officials said.

Shippers protest at SKorea exit ban on tanker crew

SEOUL (AFP) - Two officers from a Hong Kong supertanker have been banned from leaving South Korea despite being cleared of blame for the country's worst oil spill, world shipping organisations complained Wednesday.


Cambodia wants Security Council meeting

Sopheng Cheang AP 22.07.2008
(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia asked the U.N. Security Council and its Southeast Asian neighbors Tuesday to intervene in resolving a military standoff over disputed border territory around an ancient temple, stepping up its rhetoric agains...

US B-52 bomber crashes off Guam, 6 crew missing

MANILA, July 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. B-52 bomber that was due to fly in a Liberation Day parade in the U.S. territory of Guam on Monday crashed into the Pacific Ocean soon after take-off, news reports and officials said.



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