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At Least 25 Dead After Quake Rocks Indonesia's Aceh Province

At Least 25 Dead After Quake Rocks Indonesia's Aceh Province

TRANS ASIA NEWSBIREUEN:— A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

07-12-2016 Indonesia

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Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted

TRANS ASIA NEWS Tokio :- A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.

22-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia police pursue blasphemy case against Christian governor

Indonesia police pursue blasphemy case against Christian governor

TRANS ASIA NEWS JAKARTA:- Indonesian police said on Wednesday they will go ahead with an investigation into a blasphemy complaint brought by Muslim groups against the Christian and ethnic Chinese governor of Jakarta and banned him from leaving the country.

16-11-2016 Indonesia

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Situation in Rakhine State being investigated: Aung San Suu Kyi

Situation in Rakhine State being investigated: Aung San Suu Kyi

TRANS ASIA NEWSTokyo: - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday investigations are underway into the situation in Rakhine State, where many members of a Muslim minority live and where human rights workers say conflict has led to civilian abuse by the military.

05-11-2016 Myanmar

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South Korea names new PM amid scandal

South Korea names new PM amid scandal

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: South Korea’s presidential office on Wednesday named a new prime minister and finance minister, the highest-level shake-up since President Park Geun-hye’s administration was rocked by a scandal involving a friend accused of meddling in state affairs.

03-11-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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All 33 workers trapped after explosion in China mine found dead

All 33 workers trapped after explosion in China mine found dead

TRANS ASIA NEWSBeijing: - All 33 miners missing after a colliery explosion in China earlier this week have been confirmed dead, state media reported Wednesday, in the country’s latest mining accident.The bodies of the last 15 were retrieved from the Jinshangou mine in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing in the...

02-11-2016 China

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China’s Communist Party declares Xi Jinping ‘core’ leader

China’s Communist Party declares Xi Jinping ‘core’ leader

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party declared its General Secretary Xi Jinping the “core” of its leadership on Thursday, elevating his already powerful status. A communique issued by top party leaders after a four-day meeting in Beijing called on all its members to “closely unite around the CPC Central Committee...

28-10-2016 China

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China police confirm illegally made, stored explosives killed 14

China police confirm illegally made, stored explosives killed 14

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIJING:- A blast that killed 14 people in a block of prefabricated houses in China today was caused by "illegal production and storage of explosives", the state news agency Xinhua reported. The explosion in the northwestern town of Xinmin in Shaanxi province injured 147 people and damaged dozens of...

26-10-2016 China

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48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

48 bodies recovered after ferry capsizing in Myanmar

TRANS ASIA NEWSYANGON: The death toll from a ferry disaster on a river in central Myanmar four days ago has risen to nearly 50, officials said on Wednesday, with most of the deceased identified as women and at least two dozen others still missing.

19-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesian Muslims oppose Christian governor’s re-election bid

Indonesian Muslims oppose Christian governor’s re-election bid

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: Thousands of Muslim protested in Jakarta on Friday demanding the Indonesian capital’s Christian governor be executed for allegedly insulting Islam, as he faces an increasingly tight election race.

15-10-2016 Indonesia

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Jailed Chinese minority activist wins top human rights award

Jailed Chinese minority activist wins top human rights award

TRANS ASIA NEWS Beijing :- A jailed scholar from China’s mostly-Muslim Uyghur minority was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders on Tuesday, a move swiftly condemned by Beijing.Ilham Tohti has been an outspoken critic of Beijing’s policies towards the Uyghur minority in their home region Xinjiang in western...

11-10-2016 China

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Obama announces lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar

Obama announces lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar

TRANS ASIA NEWSWASHINGTON: PresidentBarack Obama is lifting USeconomic sanctions on the former pariah state of Myanmar. The White House says Obama signed an executive order lifting the sanctions on Friday. He had announced plans to do so last month, when Myanmar's new civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, visited the Oval...

08-10-2016 Myanmar

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Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

Philippines poll: Duterte rated ‘very good’ in first 90 days

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA:- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been rated “very good” in an opinion poll on his first 90 days in office, which has been defined largely by his deadly war on drugs and vitriol against Western leaders.

06-10-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Indonesia holds biggest drill in South China Sea

Indonesia holds biggest drill in South China Sea

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA:- Indonesian officials say the country is holding its largest military exercise near some of the disputed islands in the South China Sea."We want to show our existence in the area. We have a good enough air force to act as a deterrent," spokesman for Indonesian air force,...

04-10-2016 Indonesia

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China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

TRANS ASIA NEWS BEIJING:- China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities.

30-09-2016 China

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Thai authorities bar Amnesty International talk on torture

Thai authorities bar Amnesty International talk on torture

TRANS AISA NEWSThailand :- Thai authorities shut down an Amnesty International news conference on torture in the kingdom Wednesday, the watchdog said, in the latest move to silence rights groups in the army-run country.

28-09-2016 Thailand

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Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA, INDONESIA: Indonesia has announced its candidacy for membership on the UN Security Council, saying its commitment and contributions to the world's body make it a true partner for world peace.

24-09-2016 Indonesia

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China jails prominent rights lawyer for 12 years

China jails prominent rights lawyer for 12 years

TRANS ASIA NEWSBeijing:- A Chinese court on Thursday jailed a prominent civil rights lawyer for 12 years on fraud charges, his lawyer said, a punishment rights advocates called retaliation for his defence of high-profile clients who had challenged the government.

22-09-2016 China

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Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides, rises to 19

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides, rises to 19

TRANS ASIA NEWSJAKARTA: The death toll from a series of landslides and flash floods in Indonesia climbed to 19 on Wednesday, an official said, including several children found by rescuers scouring for survivors.

21-09-2016 Indonesia

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North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

North Korea tests high Power rocket engine

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL:- North Korea has successfully ground tested a new high-power rocket engine, saying it will be used for launching geostationary satellites.Pyongyang ‘s official KCNA news agency made the announcement on Monday, and added that the test was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the country's Sohae...

20-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures against North Korea

US, Japan, S. Korea ministers discuss tougher measures against North Korea

TRANS ASIA NEWSNEW YORK: - Foreign ministers for the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of UN meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea and expand collaboration with one another after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test.

19-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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China: Typhoon Meranti death toll rises to 28, 15 missing

China: Typhoon Meranti death toll rises to 28, 15 missing

TRANS ASIA NEWSBeijing:-The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit China in nearly 70 years has reached 28, state news said Sunday, days after the storm crashed into the country’s coastline.Heavy rains and winds up to 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour) whipped eastern Fujian province late...

18-09-2016 China

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North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

North Korea says Obama's push for sanctions laughable

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday that the United States’ push for sanctions following its fifth nuclear test was “laughable” and the country would continue to strengthen its nuclear power.“The group of Obama’s running around and talking about meaningless sanctions until today is highly laughable,” state-run KCNA news...

11-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Key China border city brushes off latest North Korea nuclear test

Key China border city brushes off latest North Korea nuclear test

TRANS ASIA NEWS DANDONG:-Tourists and the odd train made their way across China's main border point with North Korea today, with residents largely brushing off Pyongyang's fifth and largest nuclear test and little sign of stepped up security or scrutiny.China, Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally, is key in any effort to rein...

10-09-2016 China

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North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

North Korean nuke test "unacceptable": Japan

TRANS ASIA NEWSTOKYO:- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Friday that "there is a possibility that North Korea has forced a nuclear test," citing the temblor showing wave patterns from a non-seismic source, AP reported.He says: "If North Korea did conduct a nuclear test, it is absolutely not acceptable,...

09-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

Philippine prez expresses regret over abusive Obama comments

TRANS ASIA NEWSVIENTIANE: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed regret over his "son of a b*%%*" remark+ while referring to President Barack Obama. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said his "strong comments" to certain questions by a reporter "elicited concern and distress, we also regret it...

06-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

At least 10 dead as blast rocks Philippine city

TRANS ASIA NEWSMANILA: At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when an explosion rocked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao on Friday night, police told AFP.The explosion occurred in a bustling part of the city and close to one of its top hotels that is popular...

03-09-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Thai man sentenced to 34 years for trafficking Rohingya

Thai man sentenced to 34 years for trafficking Rohingya

TRANS ASIA NEWSA Thai court has handed a 34-year sentence to a suspect in a human trafficking case involving nearly 100 Rohingya Muslims.The Nation reported that a court in southern Nakorn Si Thammarat province convicted Sunon, or Ko Mit Saengthong, and fined him 200,000 baht ($5,780) Wednesday but dismissed his...

01-09-2016 Myanmar

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North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

TRANS ASIA NEWSSEOUL: North Korea has executed a vice premier for showing disrespect during a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un, and banished two other officials for re-education, South Korea said Wednesday.Since taking power after his father's death in late 2011, Kim is believed to have executed or demoted...

31-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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Denied work, Rohingya trapped in limbo in Malaysia

Denied work, Rohingya trapped in limbo in Malaysia

TRANS ASIA NEWSKUALA LUMPUR :- The first time he tried to escape a tough existence in his village in western Myanmar in 2004, Junaid Zafar was thrown in jail for five years.Like many other Rohingya Muslims, Zafar was seeking to flee poverty and persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and he did...

30-08-2016 Myanmar

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Chinese city hotels asked to turn away people from five Muslim countries

Chinese city hotels asked to turn away people from five Muslim countries

TRANS ASIA NEWSBEIJING: Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China’s foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy.

27-08-2016 China

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Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO: Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

26-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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China expresses concern about Indian missiles on border

China expresses concern about Indian missiles on border

TRANS ASIA NEWSBEIJING: China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it hoped India could put more efforts into regional peace and stability rather than the opposite, in response to Indian plans to put advanced cruise missiles along the disputed border with China.

25-08-2016 China

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Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

Philippine gov't, communist rebels resume peace talks

TRANS ASIA NEWSOSLO:- The Philippine government and communist rebels resumed their peace talks on Monday in Norway's capital city Oslo to end Asia's longest-running insurgency, China's Xinhua news agency reported citing NTB news agency report.

23-08-2016 SOUTH EAST ASIA

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