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Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Feb 11, 2017

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Australian emergency services were bracing against “potentially catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country’s east coast. Weather officials fear temperatures could hit 48 degrees Celsius ...

Feb 10, 2017

Chinese officials punished for dozing in motivation meeting

Six officials in central China’s Hubei province have been punished for dozing off in a meeting on how to motivate lazy bureaucrats, state media and the local government said. Pictures of the sleeping officials have received widespread coverage in Chinese media over the past ...

Feb 10, 2017

China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry

China will begin taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors entering the country in a bid to improve border checks, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday. The new system will be test-launched from Friday at Shenzhen airport in the southeastern province of Guangdong and ...

Feb 9, 2017

Indonesia military accepts Australian apology for insult

The Indonesian military says it has accepted an apology from Australia’s army chief over a purported insult to Indonesia’s state ideology that caused a spat between the two countries. An Indonesian military statement released late Wednesday after Australian army chief Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell ...