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An undated file photo of a church on Heixiazi Island (Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island) at the confluence of Heilongjiang River and Wusulijiang River that serve as a natural border between China and Russia. [CFP]

China and Russia held a ceremony at Heixiazi Island on Tuesday to unveil the boundary markers for eastern section of China-Russia boundary.

Cambodian couple split house in half to avoid divorce court

PHNOM PENH (AFP) — A Cambodian couple hoping to avoid the country's convoluted divorce process have separated by sawing their house in half, local authorities said Thursday.


Dalai Lama to undergo medical check-up

Abhishek Madhukar Reuters India 06.10.2008
Dalai Lama to undergo medical check-up

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama will have a medical check next week, a senior aide said on Saturday, calling it a routine follow-up after he was admitted to hospital with abdominal discomfort in August.

Vietnamese 'Borats' cause a storm

Nga Pham BBC News 02.10.2008
Vietnamese 'Borats' cause a storm

Two students who dressed up as the TV character Borat are at the centre of a row in Vietnam.


What a cracker!

The Standard 02.10.2008
What a cracker!

About 300,000 spectators crammed the best vantage points to watch last night's National Day fireworks extravaganza.

CE: Hong Kong will emulate mainland

The Chief Executive Donald Tsang, says Hong Kong will use the same endurance and resilience that mainland authorities had shown to face what he called "the financial tsunami".


Japanese politician Taro Aso who has won his party's vote to become the country's next prime minister

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan's ruling party Monday chose conservative Taro Aso to be the country's next prime minister, tasking him with steering Asia's largest economy away from recession and running in high-risk elections.

5 HK clubbers among 43 killed in stampede

Bonnie Chen and Adele Wong The Standard 22.09.2008
5 HK clubbers among 43 killed in stampede

A weekend of partying turned into tragedy for a group of Hong Kong friends after four of the youngsters - including one celebrating his birthday - were killed in the Shenzhen disco inferno.


Shenzhen night club fire kills 43, including five Hong Kong residents. Photo:www.oeeee.com

A number of local government officials in Shenzhen, including a fire chief face dismissal aftera blaze and subsequent stampede at an illegal nightclub left 43 dead, including five people from Hong Kong.

New boundary checkpoint to be built

Hong Kong and Shenzhen will build a $9.6 billion boundary control point at Heung Yuen Wai for operation by 2018.


“India blocking Chenab waters”

Nirupama Subramanian The Hindu 17.09.2008
“India blocking Chenab waters”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says India has blocked the Chenab waters from flowing across to its side, endangering its kharif crop as a result.

Bangladesh frees ex-prime minister Khaleda

Anis Ahmed Reuters India 11.09.2008
Bangladesh frees ex-prime minister Khaleda

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's army-backed interim government released former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on bail on Thursday after a year in prison on alleged graft charges, paving the way for a credible election to restore democracy.


(AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's Kim Jong Il had brain surgery after a stroke last month and could have partial paralysis, media reported Thursday, after the South Korean government said he remained in control of his country.

128 die as hope fades for mudslide survivors

RESCUERS shoveled and hammered into debris yesterday searching for survivors buried under sludge, mud and mining waste in northern China after a landslide that killed at least 128 people.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (L Front) talks with a farmer  as he inspects the growth of maize in Wuzhi County under Jiaozuo City, central China's Henan Province. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed three breakthroughs in rural restructuring, modern agriculture and rural public facilities to push forward reform and development in the countryside.

Real Life Pikachus Auctioned for $925 Million

If you are a fan of anything Japan, then you have to know about Pikachu, the main character from the internationally famous cartoon Pokemon.


50 Poisonous Snakes Found in Man’s Condo

A Tokyo man has been arrested for housing more than 50 poisonous snakes, including cobras with highly toxic venom.

DAB goes one better to stay on top

Carol Chung The Standard 09.09.2008
DAB goes one better to stay on top

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong captured an extra seat to continue as the biggest party in Legco despite suffering a big blow on Hong Kong Island.


Hong Kong democrats retain veto power in election

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties won more than one third of seats in weekend elections, retaining the key power to veto legislation in the city's legislature, results showed Monday.

$7m payout to fire heroes' kin -

Timothy Chui The Standard 04.09.2008
$7m payout to fire heroes' kin -

The families of two firemen who died rescuing victims of the city's worst fire in a decade are to get nearly HK$7 million in compensation.



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