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  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit 3 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

  • Quake in rural China kills three, damages thousands of homes 3 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency Broadcasting said on its website. The Ministry of Civil Affairs added that at least 3,000 homes either collapsed or were seriously damaged and 1,000 tents were being sent to the region.

  • China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake 3 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am

    A pair of militia members prepare to fly drones during a test in ShanghaiChina's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first time it had used an unmanned aircraft for such a task. China is developing an ambitious drone program for use at home, and also for export, as part of modernization efforts for the world's largest armed forces. The air force said in a statement on the Defense Ministry's website that the single drone was dispatched to the southern part of Xinjiang shortly after the quake struck and it "got a timely understanding of disaster relief needs".

  • Udinese presents Ali Adnan as first Iraqi player in Serie A 3 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am

    UDINE, Italy (AP) — Fullback Ali Adnan Kadhim has been presented as the first Iraqi player in Serie A.

  • Pakistan police arrest cleric who led mob attacking Christians 3 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police said on Friday they had arrested a Muslim cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Police rescued the Christians from the crowd near the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, a relatively unusual intervention in a country where those accused of blasphemy are sometimes lynched on the spot. Police officer Sohail Zaffar Chattha said the cleric leading the mob demanded that police arrest the couple and charge them with blasphemy against Islam.

  • Image of Asia: Ramadan prayers in Indian Kashmir 3 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am

    Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, July 3, 2015. Muslims throughout the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan, where they fast from dawn till dusk. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslim men offer Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir. The restive region is predominantly Muslim and claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought two wars over control of the Himalayan region since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989, seeking independence from India or the merger of the region with neighboring Pakistan.

  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo 3 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am

    Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent offensive in Aleppo in three years, aimed to build on recent advances against Assad by an array of groups fighting on separate fronts, including Islamic State and rebels backed by his regional foes. Aleppo, 50 km (30 miles) south of the Turkish border, was Syria's most populous city before the country's descent into civil war.

  • Files reveal 'plan' to move HK residents to N.Ireland 3 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am

    A memorial depecting the struggles during the IRA armed operations in Northern Ireland painted in the nationalist areas of Belfast on September 27, 2005Weighed down by the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, British officials jokily discussed the possible benefits of relocating the entire population of Hong Kong to the province, newly released documents showed Friday. Government archives reveal how a proposal by an English academic to set up a new city state for Hong Kong's 5.5 million inhabitants prompted some creative correspondence between ministry officials. In the Belfast News Letter in October 1983, a lecturer at the University of Reading, Christie Davies, warned that when Britain handed control of Hong Kong back to China in 1997, its residents' future would be in doubt.

  • Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul 3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am

    Soldiers search the tail and wreckage of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 1, 2015, a day after it crashed into a neighbourhood in Medan cityThe deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending. It was the sixth fatal crash in the past decade involving an Indonesian air force jet, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which tracks aviation accidents. With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has a large military but in recent years has spent less than one percent of GDP on defence, far below its neighbours, with priority instead given to areas such as education and health.

  • China angered by new U.S. military strategy report 3 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am

    China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon's updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law. China has become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, building artificial islands in areas where the Philippines and other countries have rival claims, sparking alarm regionally and in Washington. "China's actions are adding tension to the Asia-Pacific region," says the paper, released this week in the first update of the strategy since 2011, making specific reference to China's "aggressive land reclamation efforts" in the South China Sea.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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