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  • 'Hell awaits' Tajiks fighting in Syria: leader 6 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am

    Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon's secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believersPost-Soviet Tajikistan's authoritarian President Emomali Rakhmon said Friday that Tajiks fighting in the ranks of ISIS and other extremist organisations in Iraq and Syria would burn in hell. Rakhmon, whose secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believers, spoke in the capital Dushanbe ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, which Tajikistan renamed the Day of the Mother in 2009. Do they not know that Syria and Iraq are Muslim countries and that every day there are Muslims dying there?" Rakhmon said at a public gathering.

  • Q&A on the MH370 mystery 6 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am

    A year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up, despite the most expensive search operation in historyA year on, there remains no evidence to indicate what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to vanish or where it ended up, despite the most expensive search operation in history. A. Vessels scanning the sea floor for wreckage using sophisticated sonar have covered about 40 percent of a "priority search area" in the remote southern Indian Ocean spanning 60,000 square kilometres (23,000 square miles). The stormy southern hemisphere winter is expected to begin affecting any future operations within months. Search coordinators, however, can draw on lessons learnt during the quest for the data recorders from the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Tajik opposition figure shot dead in Turkey 6 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A businessman and opposition figure from the former Soviet nation of Tajikistan has been killed with a single shot to the head in Istanbul after dining with a friend, Turkish media reports said Friday.

  • Image of Asia: Demonstrating support of the death penalty 6 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am

    An Indonesian protester performs a play in front an effigy during a demonstration in support of executions at Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia Friday, March 6, 2015. Indonesia plans executions of nine foreign drug criminals despite clemency appeals from several of their governments. An Indonesian is also scheduled to be executed. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, an Indonesian man demonstrates his support of the death penalty in front of an effigy representing a drug offender that was later burned during a protest at a port leading to the prison island where Indonesia plans to execute 10 drug smugglers. The protesters said they support the death penalty for drug crimes and fear Australia has been interfering in Indonesia's decision. Two of the convicts are Australian, and the country has pleaded for clemency. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi confirmed Friday that Indonesia rejected a prisoner swap Australia proposed to spare the men's lives.

  • Sri Lanka suspends work on China-backed resort 6 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am

    BEIJING (AP) — Sri Lanka has informed Beijing it is suspending work on a $1.5 billion Chinese-backed resort as part of a reevaluation of recent foreign investments, China's Foreign Ministry said Friday.

  • Vietnam party chief to make U.S. trip, still at odds over human rights 6 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am

    Vietnam's Communist Party's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong walks past the guard of honour during celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People's Army in HanoiVietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States this year, Washington's ambassador said on Friday, in a landmark trip underlining a rapid strengthening of ties between former foes still at odds over human rights. Nguyen Phu Trong would be the first party general secretary to visit the United States, which will also receive Vietnam's Minister of Public Security, who oversees a police force condemned widely for human rights abuses and suppression of government critics. "Regular high-level visits help both sides understand and grow more comfortable with each other," U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said in a speech at a Hanoi university. "And this mutual understanding is turning talk into action." U.S. engagement went into a new gear in the middle of last year with a flurry of high-level visits to Vietnam that coincided with Hanoi's maritime territorial row with communist neighbor China, with which it shares crucial but testy ties.

  • Higher food prices, typhoon worsen poverty in Philippines 6 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Poverty worsened in the Philippines in the first half of 2014 due to government restrictions on rice imports and the lingering effects of a killer typhoon, an official said Friday.

  • Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs 5 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm

    Trader Michael Urkonis, center, and specialist Paul Cosentino, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 5, 2015. U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains for utilities and health care companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment.

  • Death toll from latest Med migrant tragedy rises to 50 5 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm

    Migrant disembark from a ship on March 4, 2015 in the port of Augusta, Sicily, after a rescue operation off the coastItaly's coastguard rescued 127 people and recovered 10 bodies on Tuesday after a boat capsized off Sicily when the people on board rushed to one side of the vessel in a stampede to get onto the arriving coastguard boat. Di Giacomo said the latest deaths took the migrant death toll in the waters between north Africa and southern Italy to more than 400 since the start of the year. Italy's foreign ministry said Thursday that 8,918 migrants had been landed in Italy between January 1 and March 4, a near 60-percent increase from the total of 5,611 registered in the same period in 2014.

  • Law unto itself: Thai junta fuels doubt by churning out legislation 5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm

    Almost 100 more laws are up for consideration, including major legislation to protect intellectual copyright and "digitize" Thailand's ailing post-coup economy. The NLA's feverish lawmaking, however, is causing increasing disquiet about erosion of freedoms. The NLA's members were handpicked by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former army chief whose coup toppled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's elected government. FOREIGN INVESTORS WORRIED The NLA's apparent reluctance to consult outside experts could also erode the junta's core support among Bangkok's middle class and business elite, analysts say.

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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