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 2017-02-24 05:44 

Central News Agency

CWB issues cold, rain and wind alerts for counties, cities... +

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Friday issued rain, wind and low temperature warnings for counties and cities around Taiwan, as the arrival of a strong cold air mass from China brought unstable weather to the country....

 2017-02-24 05:25 

The Mainichi

'Premium Friday' starts amid hopes to boost spending, cut overwork 2017 2 24... +

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The ...

 2017-02-24 05:11 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

Hong Kong family in hospital, residents evacuated after a bedtime cigarette sets off blaze... +

Residents of a Wong Chuk Hang block of flats were evacuated Friday morning after a man accidentally set his own bed on fire while trying to smoke a cigarette. The 41-year-old man, his elderly parents and their domestic helper were all taken to Ruttonjee H...

 2017-02-24 05:06 

South China Morning Post

Dutch immigrants party challenges the far-right, but critics see similar shock tactics... +

With anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders topping the polls ahead of next month’s elections, one small group is hoping to buck the trend: the country’s first party led by immigrants. Denk, or “think” in Dutch, wants to fight what it c...

 2017-02-24 05:00 

The Asahi Shimbun

Clinical trials in cards to test iPS cure for patients with Parkinson’s:The Asahi Shimbun... +

KYOTO--Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) is planning clinical t...

 2017-02-24 05:00 

Yonhap News

Today in Korean history... +

Chun Doo-hwan, a former Army general who staged a military coup in December 1979, is elected as South Korea's 12th president by the electoral college he handpicked. Chun's predecessor, Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief. C...

 2017-02-24 04:58 

Yonhap News

Taeyeon reveals highlight reel for first LP... +

Chart sweeper Taeyeon of Girls' Generation revealed the highlight reel for her first studio effort ...

 2017-02-24 04:55 

Yonhap News

Gugudan releases music video teaser for 'A Girl Like Me'... +

South Korean girl group Gugudan has released the teaser for ...

 2017-02-24 04:54 

South China Morning Post

Indonesian passenger plane turns back to Guangzhou after finding cabin door not completely closed... +

A passenger plane headed for an Indonesian island from southern China had to turn back mid-flight on Wednesday after air crew found its cabin door incompletely closed, according to Chinese media. The Sriwijaya Air flight 1159 was on its way to Bali from G...

 2017-02-24 04:51 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

An inside look at ex-chief executive Donald Tsangs life in Stanley Prison... +

Accommodation and basic supplies • Convicted former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is expected to live in an 80.7 square foot single cell with a plastic bed, a plastic desk attached to the wall, a plastic chair and a sink and toilet made of st...

 2017-02-24 04:49 

South China Morning Post

Islamic State militants chain children and disabled people to car bombs, according to US general... +

Islamic State (IS) jihadists are forcing children and disabled people into explosives-laden trucks and making them drive at Iraqi security forces in Mosul, a general from the US-led coalition has said. The barbaric tactic, coupled with other increasingly ...

 2017-02-24 04:44 

Yonhap News

(Winter Asiad) Men's slalom alpine skiing event postponed due to inclement weather... +

The men's slalom race in alpine skiing at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, was postponed Friday due to ...

 2017-02-24 04:42 

Central News Agency

Air quality fair except southern Taiwan, Matsu Friday... +

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) The air quality was moderate to good around the country Friday with the exception of most parts Kaohsiung City and Pintung County in southern Taiwan and the Matsu Islands, according to the Environmental Protection Administration'...

 2017-02-24 04:28 

South China Morning Post

Balkan war criminals are welcomed back to public life, to the alarm of rights groups... +

Jailed for committing atrocities in the conflict-riven 1990s, Balkan war criminals are being welcomed back to the limelight, resuming political posts, advising top officials and preaching in church. Two decades after the bloodshed that tore apart communis...

 2017-02-24 04:28 

Japan Times

California woman commits suicide by car; boyfriend tries to kill self at same spot... +

A man attempted suicide by driving off a winding Southern California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same manner at the same spot, authorities said Thursday. Investigators determined the two vehicles that went over the side ...

 2017-02-24 04:27 

Japan Times

Global warming is shrinking U.S. Southwests vital Colorado River... +

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river’s volume has dropped more than ...

 2017-02-24 04:23 

South China Morning Post

China appoints reformer to head banking regulator: reports... +

One of China’s top officials most supportive of a free market has returned to Beijing to head the country’s banking industry watchdog, according to media reports, to oversee a huge industry plagued by rising bad loans and thinning profits. Guo...

 2017-02-24 04:15 

South China Morning Post

Siberian tigers take down drone at Chinese zoo mocked for its obese felines... +

A video of Siberian tigers at a Chinese zoo sprinting in the snow and smashing a drone to the ground has gone viral online weeks after the animal park was criticised because its big cats were obese. The tigers at the state-run Siberian Tiger Park in Harb...

 2017-02-24 04:14 

NHK

Suga on S.China Sea developments... +

Japan's top government spokesman says the government is closely following developments in the South China Sea....

 2017-02-24 04:12 

NHK

Expert: VX possibly prepared by military... +

A Japanese expert on chemical weapons says the nerve agent VX reportedly used in Kim Jong Nam's murder is difficult to manufacture, and may have been prepared by the military....

 2017-02-24 04:08 

Japan Times

Malaysia says lethal nerve agent killed Kim Jong Nam... +

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare, Malaysian police said Friday. Releasing a preliminary toxicology report on Kim Jong Nam’s murder at a Kuala Lumpur air...

 2017-02-24 04:00 

The Asahi Shimbun

Short sleepers hungrier, more susceptible to obesity: study:The Asahi Shimbun... +

People who sleep fewer hours are more at risk of becoming obese because they have stronger feelings ...

 2017-02-24 03:48 

The Mainichi

Murakami's 1st multivolume novel in 7 yrs goes on sale... +

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Avid fans of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami flocked to bookstores in Japan early Friday to buy his first multivolume novel in seven years, which hit the shelves at midnight....

 2017-02-24 03:45 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

Former leader Donald Tsang goes from penthouse dream to cramped cell as he begins jail term at Stanley Prison... +

Disgraced former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was escorted to Stanley Prison on Friday morning to commence his 20-month jail term at the maximum-security facility, where his former right-hand man also resides. Tsang, who was found guilty of misc...

 2017-02-24 03:42 

The Mainichi

Yamato Transport workers demand volume limit amid labor shortage 2017 2 24... +

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Workers at Yamato Transport Co. have asked the delivery service firm to limit the volume of packages accepted from clients amid labor shortages, sources close to negotiations between management and labor said Thursday....

 2017-02-24 03:40 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

Not appropriate to compare convicted Hong Kong police officers with Jewish victims in Holocaust, German consulate says... +

The German consulate in Hong Kong has said it was “utterly inappropriate” to compare the case of the seven convicted police officers with that of Jewish victims in the Holocaust. The comments followed a statement by the Israeli consulate on Th...

 2017-02-24 03:30 

The Asahi Shimbun

Mammoth tooth found in Aomori re-identified 12 years later:The Asahi Shimbun... +

AOMORI--A fossilized tooth mislabeled for over a decade as being from an extinct elephant has been f...

 2017-02-24 03:29 

NHK

Trump criticizes nuclear treaty with Russia... +

US President Donald Trump has criticized the nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia as one-sided and signaled his willingness to expand his country's nuclear capability....

 2017-02-24 03:28 

NHK

China building new facilities in S.China Sea... +

A US think tank says China has nearly completed new structures on disputed islands in the South China Sea that it says are intended to house surface-to-air missile systems....

 2017-02-24 03:27 

NHK

Suspect indicted in Sagamihara mass murder... +

Prosecutors have indicted a suspect in last July's mass murder of mentally disabled people at a care facility in eastern Japan....

 2017-02-24 03:13 

South China Morning Post

North Korean state media issues rare, indirect criticism of China and its mean behaviour... +

North Korea’s official media appeared to carry rare criticism of neighbouring China on Thursday, slamming its imposition of sanctions as “mean behaviour” and suggesting it is only doing so to curry favour with the US. An article titled &...

 2017-02-24 03:06 

Yonhap News

Moon continues to dominate opinion poll... +

Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic Party remained unchallenged in a presidential opinion poll despite a slight fall, data showed Friday....

 2017-02-24 03:04 

Yonhap News

S. Korea urges N.K. to admit its involvement in killing of Kim Jong-nam... +

South Korea on Friday called on North Korea to acknowledge that it is behind the killing of its leader's half-brother and cooperate with Malaysia's probe into the case....

 2017-02-24 03:00 

Yonhap News

Household real income, spending drop in 2016... +

South Korean households' real income and spending retreated last year from a year earlier amid a protracted economic slowdown, a government report showed Friday....

 2017-02-24 03:00 

Yonhap News

S. Korea's terms of trade worsens in January... +

South Korea's terms of trade slightly worsened in January from a year earlier as a rise in export prices was offset by a hike in import prices, central bank data showed Friday....

 2017-02-24 03:00 

The Asahi Shimbun

’Your Name.’ throws spotlight on Iga's braiding handicraft:The Asahi Shimbun... +

IGA, Mie Prefecture--The blockbuster anime ...

 2017-02-24 02:54 

Yonhap News

(LEAD) VX nerve agent found on Kim Jong-nam's face: Malaysian police... +

The half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed with the toxic VX nerve agent, a statement by Malaysian police showed Friday....

 2017-02-24 02:53 

Yonhap News

Businessman gets 2nd term as S. Korea's pro football league chief ... +

South Korean businessman Kwon Oh-gap earned his second term as the country's pro football league chief on Friday....

 2017-02-24 02:52 

Yonhap News

Man stabs himself in front of Seoul mayor during his speech... +

An elderly man stabbed himself while Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was delivering a congratulatory speech at an opening of an exhibition at the city hall Friday, municipal officials and witnesses said....

 2017-02-24 02:51 

Japan Times

Beijing continuing steady pattern of militarization in South China Sea... +

New satellite imagery appears to confirm a report earlier this week that China has nearly completed structures intended to house surface-to-air missile systems on its three largest outposts in the disputed Spratly chain of the South China Sea “part...

 2017-02-24 02:47 

Yonhap News

Parties condemn acting president over souvenir watches... +

South Korea's opposition parties on Friday condemned Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn for distributing souvenir watches with his title inscribed on them....

 2017-02-24 02:47 

Yonhap News

Kwanghee to join military in March ... +

Kwanghee of South Korean boy band ZE:A will enlist in the Army for his mandatory military service in March, according to sources in the broadcasting industry on Friday....

 2017-02-24 02:45 

South China Morning Post

[ Asia ]

Leadership tensions stir once more in Australian politics as Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull clash... +

An uncivil war has broken out in Australia’s ruling Liberal Party between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor, Tony Abbott, who may be positioning himself for another tilt at leadership. On Thursday, Abbott unveiled a sweeping conse...

 2017-02-24 02:40 

NHK

Malaysian police find VX nerve agent on Kim's body... +

Police in Malaysia say they have detected the highly toxic VX nerve agent on the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un....

 2017-02-24 02:38 

Central News Agency

Unemployment falls to 3.78% in January... +

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's rate of unemployment fell 0.01 percentage points in January to 3.78 percent, according to government figures released Friday. The number of workers out of a job was 445,000, down 1,000 from December. ...

 2017-02-24 02:33 

Yonhap News

Finance minister dismisses talk of 'April crisis'... +

South Korea's finance minister said Friday that the country is fully prepared to deal with the possibility of an economic crisis in the coming months amid rising concerns over debt-ridden firms and currency volatility....

 2017-02-24 02:32 

Yonhap News

Assembly defense chief asks U.S. Senate to push for designation of N.K. as terror sponsor... +

South Korea's parliamentary defense committee chief said Friday he has sent a letter to his counterpart in the U.S. Senate, requesting the designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism following the alleged assassination of leader Kim Jo...

 2017-02-24 02:31 

South China Morning Post

Europes child refugees? Stop being so sentimental about them, UK Conservative MP says... +

Critics of the government’s decision to close the door on refugee children from Calais have been urged to “stop being sentimental” by a Conservative lawmaker. Pauline Latham, the Conservative MP for mid-Derbyshire, said other governments...

 2017-02-24 02:27 

Yonhap News

S. Korean shares down 0.46 pct in late morning trade... +

South Korean stocks traded lower late Friday morning as investors sold tech stocks for profit-taking....

 2017-02-24 02:27 

Yonhap News

(Winter Asiad) S. Korea wins bronze in women's cross-country relay... +

South Korean women's cross-country skiing team captured bronze in the 4x5-kilometer relay at the Asian Winter Games on Friday....

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