Kyrgyz mayor dons fake beard to tour city in disguise
Bishkek's first citizen says he wears a fake beard so that he can see the city's problems first-hand.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Apr 2018 | 10:01 am

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North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits
Pyongyang softens its rhetoric toward its neighbours and gives Kim Jong-un a minor makeover as high level meetings loom.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Apr 2018 | 9:59 am

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India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker
Indian Twitter users rally around hashtag "daughter in danger" in support of Delhi women's commissioner.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Apr 2018 | 8:22 am

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China deters jaywalkers with water spray at crossing
Traffic police in one Chinese city have set up motion sensors with sprays to deter jaywalkers.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Apr 2018 | 7:58 am

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Interpol 'red notice' for Sri Lanka's ex-central bank chief over bond sale
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Interpol has issued a red notice, a request to locate and provisionally arrest, Sri Lanka's former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran who is wanted in connection with an investigation into a bond sale.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Apr 2018 | 7:53 am

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Fifa fines the Lao Football Federation after a BBC story
Fifa imposes a fine on the Lao Football Federation for trafficking African youngsters with the help of information supplied by BBC Sport.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Apr 2018 | 7:44 am

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Scandal-hit 1MDB hasn't been contacted by international investigators, CEO says
1Malaysia Development Berhad is financially healthy, CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy told CNBC.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Apr 2018 | 3:44 am

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China's largest smartphone maker is working on an A.I. that can read human emotions
Huawei is working on an emotion AI that would make conversations more meaningful, the company's executives told CNBC.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Apr 2018 | 3:39 am

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India's blockbuster cricket league is beginning to rival even English soccer
The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League is generating never-before-seen sums of money.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Apr 2018 | 2:20 am

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In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists and ‘hookers’
President Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment Michael Flynn.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Apr 2018 | 11:46 pm

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Sweden, Mongolia, Pyongyang and more: Where a Trump-Kim summit could take place
Sweden, North Korea and Mongolia are potential locations for the high-stakes negotiations.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Apr 2018 | 11:39 pm

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U.S. official calls on Myanmar to free journalists
DHAKA (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Sam Brownback called on Thursday for the release of journalists jailed in Myanmar while covering the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims forced to flee a military crackdown.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Apr 2018 | 1:28 pm

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Five killed in ammonia tank accident in Sri Lanka rubber factory
HORANA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in Sri Lanka on Thursday when a worker at a rubber factory fell into a tank of ammonia and a colleague and local residents died trying to save him, police said.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Apr 2018 | 11:40 am

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Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border
AGRI, Turkey (Reuters) - On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 19 Apr 2018 | 2:13 am

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Exclusive: Pakistan TV channel returning to air after negotiations with military - sources
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan's largest TV station has been allowed back on the air at some major cable operators after talks with the military on demands it make changes in political coverage, two officials who work for the channel's media group told Reuters on Wednesday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Apr 2018 | 5:06 pm

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AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on US$2.4 billion hit from tax legislation
American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a US$2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Hezbollah - Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Trump admin to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan - sources
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said, after warning Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Aides in ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Costa back with a bang as Atletico thrash Lleida in Cup
BARCELONA: Diego Costa enjoyed a typically eventful return to action for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, scoring within six minutes of coming off the bench in his side's 4-0 King's Cup win at Lleida Esportiu but appearing to injure his knee in the process. Costa turned Juanfran's low cross into the ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm

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UN chief welcomes reopened Korean hotline
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on Jan 9 to discuss "matters of mutual interest" including the North's Olympic participation.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:23 pm

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On North Korea, Trump declares ‘talking is not the answer’ - but his defence chief Mattis quickly disagrees
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared “talking is not the answer” to the tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that diplomatic options remain and Russia demanded US restraint. Trump’s comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew UN and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea....

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 7:06 pm

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Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar as Rakhine unrest rages
At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to a reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar’s police and troops. The streets of Maungdaw –...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 11:21 am

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South Korea’s former spy chief jailed for election meddling
A former spy chief for South Korea was jailed for four years on Wednesday for leading an online campaign against the man who is now president, Moon Jae-in, during the 2012 election. Won Sei-hoon, who led the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, orchestrated an illicit smear campaign to sway voters in favour of the conservative party, led at the time by Park Geun-hye, Seoul High Court said. South Korea only fully embraced democracy in the 1990s and its intelligence services...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 10:03 am

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May in Japan seeking ‘model’ trade deal for post-Brexit UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Kyoto, at the start of an intensive three-day visit intended to reassure the country that Britain can swiftly replicate the trade benefits of EU membership after Brexit. Before meeting Abe, May reiterated her intention to kick-start post-Brexit trade by replicating existing deals signed by the EU, to be amended later as needed, saying this would provide confidence for businesses. May, who...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 8:15 am

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US faces risk of war or humiliation if it attempts to shoot down a North Korean missile
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and US officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 6:11 am

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