Asia

Buildings collapse as strong quake hits Greece and Turkey

  By Gokan Gunes Agence France-Presse ISTANBUL, TURKEY (AFP) — A powerful earthquake hit Greece and Turkey on Friday, causing buildings to collapse and a sea surge that flooded streets in the Turkish resort city of Izmir. Greek public television …

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Two dead as Typhoon Molave slams into Vietnam

  QUANG NGAI, Vietnam (AFP)— Two people were reported killed as Typhoon Molave hit central Vietnam Wednesday, knocking down trees and tearing roofs off homes in some of the worst destruction seen in years. Authorities relocated around 375,000 people to …

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Goldman Sachs agrees to largest penalty ever in 1MDB scandal

  NEW YORK (AFP) — Global financial titan Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $2.9 billion in penalties to settle criminal charges in the 1MDB Malaysian bribery scandal, the largest US fine ever in a corruption case, the Justice Department announced …

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Thousands defy Thai crackdown after emergency decree, arrests

  By Thanaporn Promyamyai and Anusak Konglang  Agence France-Presse BANGKOK, THAILAND (APF) —Thousands of Thai protesters gathered Thursday in defiance of a sweeping crackdown after authorities moved to crush months of pro-democracy demonstrations by imposing emergency powers and rounding up …

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Over 1,000 get coronavirus at Sri Lanka factory that made masks for US

  COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (AFP)  — More than 1,000 workers have tested positive for coronavirus at a Sri Lanka factory that until August was producing surgical masks for the US, officials said Wednesday, as they scrambled to find the source of …

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US to ban TikTok downloads, block WeChat use

  By Ben Sheppard / with John Biers in New York Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app …

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India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million

  By Jalees Andrabi Agence France-Presse NEW DELHI (AFP) — India’s total coronavirus cases passed five million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic extends its grip on the vast country at an ever-faster rate. With its latest …

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Japan ruling party elects Yoshihide Suga as PM successor

  TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s ruling party on Monday elected chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new leader, making him all but certain to replace Shinzo Abe as the country’s next prime minister. Suga easily won the ballot, taking …

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Tokyo stocks open lower on profit-taking

  TOKYO (AFP) — Tokyo stocks opened lower on Friday as investors sought to lock in profits from recent rallies after US shares retreated. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 1.50 percent or 351.27 points to 23,114.26 in early …

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Japan’s PM Abe resigning for health reasons

  By Hiroshi Hiyama / Miwa Suzuki Agence France-Presse Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday he will resign, ending his record-breaking tenure in a bombshell development that kicks off a leadership race in the world’s third-largest economy. Abe said …

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14 dead, scores wounded in twin bombings in Philippines

  JOLO (AFP) — At least 14 people were killed and 75 wounded — including members of the security forces and civilians — in twin bombings Monday involving a suicide attacker on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold …

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Twin quakes strike off Indonesia

  JAKARTA (AFP) — Two large and shallow earthquakes struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quakes, of magnitude 6.8 and 6.9, struck within six minutes of one …

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