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Merkel’s Bavarian ally suffers great election loss

MUNICH (Xinhua) -- Despite garnering the most votes, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally, the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union (CSU) suffered great loss in the state election on Sunday.
According to initial forecasts, the CSU took just 35.5 percent of the vote,

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October 15, 2018
- Body recovery efforts continue for Korean climbers killed on Himalayan mountain
SEOUL/NEW DELHI (The Korea Herald/Yonhap) -- Efforts to recover the bodies of five South Korean climbers and four local guides continued Sunday, a day after they were found dead on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal, officials said... More >>>

October 13, 2018
- Indonesia’s quakes, tsunami toll 2,073 as search mission extended
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- The death toll from multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province rose to 2,073 on Thursday as the national disaster agency extended the search mission. The search and rescue operation was extended for another day to Friday at a request of local .. More >>>

October 12, 2018
- Rutte, Merkel hope for more progress in Brexit talks
THE HAGUE (Xinhua) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in The Hague on Wednesday ahead of the mid-October European Council meeting to discuss, among other subjects, the Brexit... More >>>

October 11, 2018
- Lao minister praises regional disaster management efforts
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng has successfully attended the recent 33rd Meeting of the Asean Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) in Malaysia... More >>>

October 10, 2018
- Australia mulls banning arriving immigrants from biggest cities
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at Sydney’s Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities... More >>>

October 9, 2018
- Confirmed deaths near 2,000, still more likely in Indonesia
PALU, Indonesia (AP) -- The confirmed death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island neared 2,000 on Monday, but thousands more are believed unac-counted for and officials said search teams plan to stop looking for victims later this week.
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October 8, 2018
- Typhoon Kong-rey leaves 2 dead, 1 missing
South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- Typhoon Kong-rey has left two people dead and one missing, displaced hundreds of people and caused power outages to more than 61,000 households across the country, the state disaster management agency said on Saturday... More >>>

October 6, 2018
- Malaysia seeks public input on how political parties should be funded
KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ Asia News Network) -- The government has not found a formula for political parties to finance themselves without inviting elements of corruption and lobbying, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. For this reason, they would like to seek public opinion on how political funding could be done in a clean manner, he said... More >>>

October 5, 2018
- Ex-Malaysian PM Najib’s wife Rosmah pleads not guilty to 17 counts of money laundering and tax evasion
KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times) -- Rosmah Mansor, the wife of disgraced former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty on Thursday morning (October 4) to 17 charges of money laundering and tax evasion, amounting to more than RM7 million.. More >>>

October 4, 2018
- Soputan volcano shakes tsunami-hit Sulawesi
PALU, Indonesia (AP) -- A volcano has erupted on the same central Indonesian island as the devastating earthquake and tsunami last week.
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October 3, 2018
- IMF chief calls for de-escalating trade disputes amid dimming global growth outlook
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Monday called on economies around the world to.. More >>>

October 2, 2018
- Sulawesi quake: Death toll crosses 1,200 as rescuers race to reach victims
(The Straits Times) -- Rescuers are racing against time to reach victims of last Friday’s earthquake still trapped under rubble two days.. More >>>

October 1, 2018
- At least 405 killed in Indonesian quake-tsunami as rescuers scramble to reach victims
JAKARTA (The Straits Times) -- The death toll of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Central Sulawesi that also spawned a tsunami jumped to 405 on Saturday (Sept 29), as the Indonesian navy deployed several Hercules logistic planes to bring in technicians, supplies and rescue teams to rescue survivors of the natural disaster... More >>>

September 28, 2018
- Israeli PM says Iran hiding radioactive material, equipment
UNITED NATIONS (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran has hidden “massive amounts of equipment and materiel,” indicating that the country is eyeing nuclear weapon programme. .. More >>>
- Medvedev rejects speculation on Russian military plans along Finnish archipelago
HELSINKI (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Visiting Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev on Wednesday in Helsinki strongly dismissed the claim that Russia has military plans concerning the properties in Finland which the Finnish police raided over the weekend... More >>>

September 27, 2018
- Rising seas threaten Vietnam’s top rice province
KIEN GIANG (Vietnam News) -- Because of climate change, Kien Giang province is struggling to maintain its place as Vietnam’s biggest rice producer – a distinction it has held for nearly two decades... More >>>

September 26, 2018
- Instagram co-founders resign from social media company
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.
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September 25, 2018
- Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela’s South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global.. More >>>

September 24, 2018
- Condolences pour in over passing of President Tran Dai Quang
 Hanoi (Vietnam News) -- Many countries worldwide have extended condolences to Vietnam over the death of President Tran Dai Quang, while Cuba has declared a national day of mourning for the Vietnamese President.
In an announcement on State television on Friday evening (local time), the Council of the State of Cuba said that the mourning period would extend from 6am on Saturday to midnight on Sunday... More >>>

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