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World powers agree to end Syria hostilities but questions remain

World powers Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria, but the Munich deal left out the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's local branch, leaving analysts to doubt its viability.The 17 countries agreed "to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to be...

Updated : 2016.02.12 20:46

U.S. Congress to pass Pyongyang sanctions bill Friday: official

The U.S. Congress plans to pass a strong North Korea sanctions bill Friday, days ahead of schedule, to demonstrate its will to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests, a South Korean official said.House leaders moved up the vote to Friday noon (Washington time), reversing an ear...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:17

Tokyo stocks dive more than 5% by break on strong yen

Tokyo stocks dived more than five percent on Friday morning as a strong yen battered exporters, with the market tracking a worldwide sell-off fuelled by worries about the global economy.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 5.34 percent, or 838.74 points, to 14...

Updated : 2016.02.12 14:05

Chinese media wary of shift in security balance in East Asia

North Korea's latest nuclear test and long-range rocket launch has prompted the Korean Peninsula to slide into a Cold War-like rivalry, with China's state-run media keeping a wary eye on a shift in the security balance in East Asia. A day after South Korea decided to halt operations at an ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 10:20

U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders under fire for missing Senate vote on Pyongyang sanctions

U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders under fire for missing Senate vote on Pyongyang sanctionsDemocratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came under fire for missing a Senate vote to approve a set of stringent sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.Th...

Updated : 2016.02.12 09:56

Script of new Potter play to be published after premiere

LONDON (AFP) -- The script of a new Harry Potter play is to be published following its world premiere in London in July, publishers announced Wednesday.“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will officially open in the West End on July 30, while the script will come out on the following day...

Updated : 2016.02.11 18:34

US Senate approves harsher sanctions against North Korea

U.S. senators voted unanimously to pass a strong North Korea sanctions bill Wednesday, days after the communist nation sparked global outrage with a banned missile launch following its fourth nuclear ...

Updated : 2016.02.11 10:15

Obama, ASEAN leaders to discuss Pyongyang in next week's summit

North Korea's nuclear and missile tests are expected to be a topic at U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming summit with leaders of Southeast Asian nations, White House officials said.Obama is scheduled to host the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a summit set for M...

Updated : 2016.02.11 09:32

China confirms 1st Zika virus case

China has confirmed its first case of the imported Zika virus, according to the country's health authorities Wednesday, amid fears over the fast-spreading virus that is blamed for births of brain-damaged babies. A 34-year-old man from Ganxian county of Jiangxi province was confirmed to ha...

Updated : 2016.02.10 14:32

Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire primaries

Political novice Donald Trump and self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's presidential primaries Tuesday, US media projected, turning the American political establishmen...

Updated : 2016.02.10 13:10

[Newsmaker]Taiwan rescuers find signs of life in rubble

Rescuers on Sunday found signs of life within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and inj...

Updated : 2016.02.07 12:04

Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse

The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.The often dark, blurry and grainy pictures are mainly of detainees' arms and legs, revealing bruises and cuts,...

Updated : 2016.02.06 11:56

Three dead after Taiwan quake topples buildings

A 10-month old baby was among three dead after a 16-storey tower block was toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan Saturday, with rescuers battling to free residents still trapped inside.Officials said four buildings collapsed in the quake which struck the island in the ea...

Updated : 2016.02.06 11:12

[Newsmaker]World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Leaders and diplomats from 70...

Updated : 2016.02.05 17:24

Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.   The lack of data is forc...

Updated : 2016.02.04 20:38