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India kicks off world’s largest election

People stand in line to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Agartala, in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. The Indian national elections will be held over several weeks in phases to ensure safe and fair elections. AP

Indians have started voting in the world’s biggest election, with 814 million people eligible to vote across the country.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Indonesian volcano brings life as well as death

Soldiers and rescuers carry a woman to a truck for evacuation following an eruption of Mount Kelud, in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The powerful volcanic eruption on Indonesia's most populous island blasted ash and debris 18 kilometers (12 miles) into the air Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close seven airports. AP

The ash and debris that Indonesia’s Mount Kelud blasted from its belly brought death and misery, and disrupted international air traffic. But for many of the millions of people cleaning up in the wake of the explosive eruption, it was also a money earner and a shot of life for their crops.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Arms makers try to cash in as Asian disputes escalate

The Royal Australian Air Force roulettes acrobatic team perform an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on February 17, 2012.  Some 900 exhibiting companies from over 50 countries including 60 pf top 100 global aerospace companies participate in the event.   AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Asia’s top aerospace and defense show opens Tuesday in Singapore, with major global arms makers seeking to cash in on rising military spending in China and elsewhere as territorial disputes escalate in the region.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

The shadowy world of sex trafficking on US shores

Shandra Woworuntu (L), human trafficking survivor and activist, and Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, speak during an interview with AFP, at Humanity United in Washington, DC, on January 28, 2014 (AFP/File, Karen Bleier)

“Are you Shandra? Yes, I am.” With those few words, a young Indonesian with big dreams of a better life found herself catapulted into the murky underground world of sex slavery and violence.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thai police: US tourist likely killed by elephants

A file photo taken on July 4, 201 shows Bangkok street elephants 'Thong Dee' (L) and 'Pak Boon' (R), who arrived from Thailand in 2006, during birthday celebrations at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on July 4, 2011. A female keeper was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on October 19, 2012 after being pinned against a bollard by an elephant at the Zoo. The zoo said the woman was conducting a routine training session when "a young male elephant pinned the female keeper against a bollard" AFP

Thai police say an American tourist has died after apparently being trampled to death by elephants in a national park.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vietnam reports first bird flu death in nine months

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Vietnam has recorded its first death from bird flu in nine months, according to the country’s Health Ministry, amid growing regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Chinese man rescued after attempt to land on disputed islands

This file aerial shot shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. AP

A Chinese man was rescued by the Japan Coast Guard after a failed attempt to land a hot-air balloon on islands at the center of a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese official said Thursday.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

29 killed in Thailand bus accident—police

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A bus carrying New Year travellers plunged off one of Thailand’s highest bridges in the kingdom’s northeast, leaving at least 29 people dead, police said Friday.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vietnam snowfall damages farms

Photo by Luc Van Toan/Viet Nam News-Asia News Network

Snowfall in Sa Pa town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, which began Sunday, has caused serious damage to farms.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Asia sweeps top spots in global education survey

Amy Lawson, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., helps student Melody Fritz with an English language arts lesson Oct. 1, 2013. Asian nations cemented their top positions in an eagerly awaited report on global education Tuesday, as their students continued to outshine Western counterparts in math, science and reading. The United States was further down, wedged between Slovakia and Lithuania.  AP

Asian nations cemented their top positions in an eagerly awaited report on global education Tuesday, as their students continued to outshine Western counterparts in math, science and reading.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Scientists discover wonder rice gene—IRRI

Dr. Tsutomu Ishimaru, IRRI rice breeder, inspects a rice plant with Spike gene. Photo courtesy of IRRI

Scientists have discovered a wonder rice gene that could dramatically increase yields of one of the world’s most important food crops, the International Rice Research Institute said Tuesday.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Arts education in Asia

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KIM SAYS arts can enhance self-respect.

“Despite research showing the benefits of arts education in the imparting of transferable skills, there is currently a lack of concerted effort in the Asia Pacific,” said Samuel Leong at the recent 2nd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference at Miriam College.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

In this May 16, 2007 file photo, a B-52 passes overhead at the National Security Forum air demonstration at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. China said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. Tuesday's flight of the B-52 bombers underscored U.S. assertions that it will not comply with Chinese demands that aircraft flying through its newly declared maritime air defense zone identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Karen S. Doerr, File)

The United States advised US carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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