New Zealand tornado kills one
Tue, 03 May 2011 12:19:35 GMT
A strong tornado has hit New Zealand's largest city of Auckland, killing one person and injuring scores of others, before swirling in the direction of neighboring Birkenhead.

Australians warned after Osama death
Mon, 02 May 2011 16:32:54 GMT
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called on Australians to take safety measures following the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a US operation.

Australia: Al-Qaeda not finished
Mon, 02 May 2011 09:06:22 GMT
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has hurt the terrorist group, but not finished it, emphasizing that the fight against terrorism must continue.

Japan to build tsunami wall at N-plant
Mon, 02 May 2011 06:44:06 GMT
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has planned to construct a wall in an attempt to protect its biggest atomic power station from probable tsunamis in the future.

Putin slams Japan over nuclear crisis
Sun, 01 May 2011 03:11:56 GMT
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticized Japan's nuclear industry for poor handling of the Fukushima disaster and the building of nuclear power plants in seismic zones.

Anti-govt. demo held in Maldives
Sun, 01 May 2011 02:31:24 GMT
Several thousand people have taken to the streets in the Maldives capital Male to call on President Mohamed Nasheed to relinquish power.

In Japan, 76% unhappy with govt.
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:13:21 GMT
Some 76 percent of Japanese are unsatisfied with Prime Minister Naoto Kan's handling of the aftermath of the March 11 quake and tsunami, and the country's nuclear crisis.

Two Japanese exposed to radiation
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:58:21 GMT
The operator of Japan's crisis-hit power plant says two of the workers at its facility have been exposed to radiation levels more than legal limit.

Nuclear aide to Japan premier resigns
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:04:11 GMT
A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has submitted his resignation, alleging the government had ignored his advice on radiation limits and failed to follow the law.

Beijing, Astana to increase security co-op
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 23:02:18 GMT
China and Kazakhstan reached an agreement to increase cooperation on law enforcement and security during a meeting on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) gathering.

Israeli Embassy in Baku on alert
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:33:04 GMT
Local media reports say the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan has repeatedly been closed in 2011 due to an increase in anti-Zionist sentiments in the former Soviet republic.

Cambodia takes border dispute to ICJ
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:21:54 GMT
The Cambodian government has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to interpret its 1962 verdict about an ancient temple on the disputed border with Thailand.

Thai, Cambodia clash despite ceasefire
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 05:34:11 GMT
One Thai soldier has been killed as fighting erupted on the border with Cambodia, a day after both sides agreed on a truce to end the fighting.

Thailand, Cambodia agree on truce
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:43:24 GMT
Thailand and Cambodia have agreed on a ceasefire after a week of fierce clashes across the disputed border between the Southeast Asian neighbors.

Japan to issue food safety certificates
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:20:45 GMT
Japan plans to issue safety certificates for its seafood exports in an attempt to allay other countries' fears over radiation contamination.

Japan's industrial output declines
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:46:29 GMT
Japan has announced that its month-to-month industrial output plunged more than 15 percent in March, following the recent mega-quake and tsunami in the country.

Thai-Cambodia border clashes continue
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:49:45 GMT
The worst fighting in years between Thailand and Cambodia along their disputed mountainous border has dragged on for a fifth straight day.

'Rebuilding quake-hit Japan takes years'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:27:34 GMT
The Japanese government says the reconstruction of towns and cities devastated by last month's deadly earthquake and tsunami could take a decade.

'Sri Lanka deaths possible war crimes'
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:46:15 GMT
Tens of thousands of deaths in the Sri Lankan government's final 2009 offensive against Tamil separatists may amount to war crimes, a UN panel says.

Japan to allow evacuees short visits
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:25:23 GMT
Japan's prime minister says people who were forced to evacuate their homes due to the nuclear crisis at Fukushima plant can make brief visits to the area in May.

Japan launches third search for bodies
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:47:31 GMT
About 25,000 troops have started a fresh search to find bodies of people still missing nearly two months after a devastating quake and tsunami hit Japan.

'Alcohol abuse on rise among Aussies'
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:07:02 GMT
Youth organizations in Australia have urged the government to take strong measures against alcohol problems, as figures show an increase in alcohol abuse among youths.

Thai-Cambodia clashes leave 11 dead
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:13:09 GMT
Fresh clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops have reportedly left at least 11 people dead from both sides along the disputed Thailand-Cambodia border.

Japan's PM thanks Iran for quake aid
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:41:36 GMT
Japan's Prime Minister has thanked Iran for its humanitarian aid to the Japanese people who are suffering by the last month 9.0-magnitude earthquake.

Japan to conduct 3rd search mission
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 15:41:42 GMT
Japan has organized another intensive search operation in the country's northern coasts to recover the bodies of the victims of the March 11 twin disasters.

Japan holds anti-nuclear energy protest
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:41:24 GMT
Thousands of Japanese have taken to the streets in Tokyo, demanding an end to nuclear power in the country and urging the use of alternative energy.

Thai-Cambodian border clashes continue
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:09:29 GMT
Cambodian and Thai soldiers have exchanged gunfire for the third consecutive day, as fierce border clashes continue unabated between the two sides.

Paper mill fire kills four in Taiwan
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 01:10:24 GMT
Four people have been killed and 38 others injured after a string of explosions wrecked a paper mill in northern Taiwan.

Magnitude 6 quake hits eastern Japan
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:01:34 GMT
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale has jolted eastern Japan, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

TEPCO banned from operating N-plant
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 18:09:29 GMT
The governor of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture says Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will not be allowed to resume operations in the damaged nuclear power plant.

Thai-Cambodia border clashes persist
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:20:10 GMT
Fierce clashes have erupted between Cambodian and Thai troops over a disputed border area near ancient temples, a day after six soldiers were killed in the same region.

Radiation hits Japan tourism
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 02:46:48 GMT
Japan's tourism sector is experiencing a difficult time as the nation endures the devastating effects of a radiation leak caused by the recent earthquake.

Six killed in Thai-Cambodian clashes
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:10:49 GMT
At least six soldiers have been killed after armed forces from neighboring Thailand and Cambodia exchanged gunfire and artillery shells near their disputed border.

Japan to expand no-go zone
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:11:30 GMT
Japanese authorities have asked residents of five other areas outside the no-go zone to prepare to leave their homes in a month over the country's post-quake nuclear woes.

Japan's radiation 20,000 times limit
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 05:07:59 GMT
Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant operator says the level of radiation in the water that leaked into the sea is 20,000 times the annual legal limit.

Japan approves emergency budget
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 02:13:28 GMT
Japan's government has approved an emergency budget of 4 trillion yens ($48.9 billion) for the earthquake and tsunami disaster relief in March.

Strong earthquake hits eastern Japan
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:38:28 GMT
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale has struck eastern Japan but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Bangladesh ferry sinks, kills 26
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:34:46 GMT
At least 26 people have been killed and scores of others remain missing after a passenger ferry sank in a river in northeastern Bangladesh.

Japan's PM declares no-go zone
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 02:04:09 GMT
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has declared a plan which prevents people from returning to evacuated areas around the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

Japan to close off evacuation zone
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:50:46 GMT
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the government plans to close off the 20-kilometer zone around Fukushima power plant to enforce the evacuation order.

Magnitude-6.6 quake jolts New Zealand
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:00:52 GMT
A magnitude-6.6 earthquake has struck off New Zealand's coast, raising fear that a tsunami could follow the powerful tremor.

Sri Lanka calls for anti-UN report rally
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:06:12 GMT
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has called for a massive rally against a UN report, which accused the country of committing war crimes against Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.

'Japan to end crisis in 6-9 months'
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 07:11:43 GMT
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says it expects to cool reactors and control the radiation at Fukushima nuclear power plant within six to nine months.

Top militant leader slain in Tajikistan
Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:29:00 GMT
Tajikistan's government troops have killed a top militant commander who had been the country's most-wanted criminal for more than a decade.

'Japan disaster should ring warning bell'
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:59:55 GMT
The majority of people say Japan's nuclear disaster is a warning for countries operating old nuclear plants which calls for the revision of nuclear safety protocols, a poll shows.

Smoke rises from Japan nuclear plant
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:59:24 GMT
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says smoke has risen from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the coastal Niigata Prefecture.

Japan urged to store N-workers' blood
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:04:34 GMT
Japanese physicians urge health officials to store blood samples from workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant for possible future stem cell transplants.

Troubled New Zealander eats own finger
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 07:28:58 GMT
A young troubled New Zealander suffering from depression has eaten his own finger after amputating and cooking it with assorted vegetables.

Strong temblor rattles Japan capital
Sat, 16 Apr 2011 06:13:31 GMT
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale has struck central Japan as the country struggles to break free from last month's catastrophic quake and tsunami woes.

Baku silent on Israel spying activity
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:35:27 GMT
Azerbaijan's government remains tight-lipped on revelations indicating that Baku has been helping Israel with its spying activities against Iran.

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