Asia

Strife-torn Hong Kong braces for China anniversary day violence

by Jerome TAYLOR / Jasmine LEUNG HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Ripped-up paving stones lay scattered around the graffiti-scarred streets of Hong Kong after one of the most violent days in a summer of rage, as protesters ready for fresh …

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Indonesia quake death toll rises to 23: official

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands has risen to 23, the disaster agency said Friday, as more than 15,000 people were evacuated to shelters. Terrified residents ran into the …

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Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Saudi Arabia said Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. Kickstarting tourism is …

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N.Korea praises Trump, hopes for progress towards summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korea on Friday praised US President Donald Trump as “different from his predecessors” as well as “wise” and “bold” as Pyongyang angles for a possible new summit between their leaders. According to Kim Kye …

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At least one dead after strong quake rocks eastern Indonesia

by Sultan Ambon AMBON CITY, Indonesia (AFP) — At least one person has died and another is missing after a strong earthquake struck Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands Thursday, destroying homes and triggering landslides. Terrified people ran into the streets as …

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Strong 6.5 magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia: USGS

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck about 37 kilometres (23 miles) offshore northeast of Ambon in …

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Rescuers scramble to reach survivors as Pakistan quake toll climbs

by Nasir JAFFRY / Zain ZAMAN JATLAN, Pakistan (AFP) — Rescuers battled along badly damaged roads and combed through toppled buildings Wednesday to reach victims of an earthquake that killed at least 38 people and injured hundreds more in northeast …

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Seven rowers die in training accident off top Philippine resort

  MANILA (AFP) — Seven members of a Philippine “dragon boat” team were killed Wednesday when their boat capsized off the island of Boracay as they trained for an international race, rescuers and colleagues said. Large waves swamped and overturned …

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Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China’s 70th anniversary

by Poornima WEERASEKARA BEIJING, China (AFP) — A futuristic new airport in Beijing, which is expected to become one of the busiest in the world, was opened by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday. Xi declared the starfish-shaped airport open in …

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Bomb explodes injuring five in southern Turkey: state media

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Five people were injured Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded as a bus carrying police drove by in the southern Turkish province of Adana, state media reported. The blast in Adana was either an “improvised explosive …

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Four bodies recovered from crashed Indonesia cargo plane

TIMIKA, Indonesia (AFP) — The bodies of four passengers on an Indonesian cargo plane that went missing in the jungles of Papua a week ago have been recovered, the search and rescue agency said Wednesday. The DHC-6 Twin Otter took …

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Death toll in Pakistan quake climbs to 22 as rescuers assess damage

MIRPUR, Pakistan (AFP) — Rescue workers battled on Wednesday to reach people affected by a shallow earthquake that rocked northeast Pakistan a day earlier, killing at least 22 people and injuring hundreds more as it tore roads apart and felled …

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