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Sri Lanka deploys more troops as flood toll climbs to 180

Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled on Monday (May 29) to get relief supplies to over half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding for 14 years, which has killed at least 180 people. The military said a lull in torrential monsoon rains allowed ...

Bird flu hits poultry markets in major Chinese city: Media

Authorities in China’s third-largest city warned that about 30 percent of its live poultry markets were contaminated with the H7N9 avian flu virus, as an eastern province ordered markets to shut, state media reported on February 11. East China’s Zhejiang province has ordered all markets ...

Lifting US jade sanctions ‘a mistake’: Myanmar minister

The minister in charge of mining in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden state of Kachin says it was a mistake for the United States to lift sanctions on the country’s notorious jade industry. Kachin lies at the heart of the “jade tract”, a small area that has deposits ...

Standing strong: new facility to help Myanmar landmine victims, amputees

She lay and cried in the hospital. The nurses did too. Tin Mya had already had two major amputation operations performed on her toes and foot, which had turned black. And she was about to lose most of her lower leg. The cause of her pain ...

Remote Myanmar gets ready for tourism boom

After a decades-long blanket ban on tourists, Kayah State in eastern Myanmar has opened up to the outside world. Travellers are pouring in to get a glimpse of its untouched beauty. As Pichayada Promchertchoo reports, the remote state is hoping to develop a tourist industry without losing ...

Rights groups welcome order to shut Thailand gold mine

Human rights groups on December 14 welcomed a decision by Thailand to close the country’s only active gold mine by the end of the year as the mine’s operator said it had laid off the employees. Thailand’s ruling junta on December 13 said it is suspending all ...

Japan's PM seeks improved ties with China - government spokesman

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 20 that he aims to improve ties with China by capitalizing on key anniversaries for bilateral relations in the next few years, a Japanese government spokesman said. The two leaders held impromptu talks while ...

China puts army on high alert after fighting in northeastern Myanmar

China has said its army is on high alert after armed groups in Myanmar attacked military and police posts close to their shared border at the weekend and that it would act to protect its citizens and their property in the area. The official Xinhua ...

Japan's Abe to meet Trump next week: official

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet US president-elect Donald Trump next week in New York, officials said November 10, after phone talks between the two following the billionaire’s shock election win. Abe and Trump spoke for about 20 minutes and tentatively set a ...

Malaysia proposes raising marriage age for Muslim girls

Malaysia has proposed to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18 for Muslim girls in a bid to reduce teenage pregnancy rates and enhance social protection for minors. The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development has engaged stakeholders, including various state religious affairs ...

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