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China mounts rescue efforts as tornado toll hits 98

Emergency personnel mounted rescue efforts amid scenes of carnage Friday as the toll from hurricane-force winds and a tornado in China rose to at least 98 dead, with hundreds more injured. Whole villages were levelled and huge trees felled when winds of up to 125 kilometers per hour struck around ...

Indonesia tries to steer convicted militants to new lives

Jun 24, 2016

Indonesia tries to steer convicted militants to new lives

In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble staples of the Indonesian diet to hungry ...

Jun 24, 2016

China, Russia, Mongolia ink economic corridor plan

China, Russia and Mongolia signed a development plan on Thursday to build an economic corridor that will boost transport links and economic cooperation among the three neighbors, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The plan comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping said Chinese companies ...

Jun 24, 2016

Seven Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines: Jakarta

Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors. “We got confirmation of an incident of ...

China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare

Jun 23, 2016

China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare

Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said Thursday. Smelly synthetic sports fields and athletics circuits, along with students falling sick from ...

Jun 23, 2016

Dollar below ¥104.50 on Brexit jitters

The dollar drifted around ¥104.40 in Tokyo trading Thursday as a nervous atmosphere prevailed on the day of Britain’s historic referendum on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥104.43-43, against ¥104.39-39 at the same ...

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Jun 23, 2016

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Indonesia’s president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship Thursday, making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated an “overlapping claim” on nearby waters. President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi’s visit along ...