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Sep 24, 2016

Indonesia declares candidacy for U.N. Security Council

Indonesia announced Friday its candidacy for membership on the U.N. Security Council, saying its commitment and contribution to the world body makes it a true partner for world peace. In his speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said the ...

Sep 24, 2016

Magnitude-6.3 quake shakes Philippine island of Mindanao

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off the Philippine’s Mindanao island on Saturday, sending hotel guests and construction workers running from buildings in Davao, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.5, ...

U.N. Security Council backs nuke test ban implementation

Sep 24, 2016

U.N. Security Council backs nuke test ban implementation

With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry invoking North Korea’s latest nuclear explosion as a “reckless act of provocation,” the U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a resolution urging quick global implementation of a treaty that would ban tests of such weapons. Kerry said ...

North Korea vows in U.N. speech to strengthen nuclear forces

Sep 24, 2016

North Korea vows in U.N. speech to strengthen nuclear forces

North Korea’s foreign minister condemned the United States on Friday for flying supersonic bombers over South Korea earlier this week and vowed his country will strengthen its nuclear capabilities in defiance of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. In a defiant speech before the U.N. ...

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Sep 23, 2016

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Chinese officials are being pilloried over the smoothing-over of a crumbling but much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in the name of restoration. The widely mocked project involved an 8-kilometer (5-mile) unrestored Xiaohekou section ...

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

Sep 22, 2016

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing. Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 23 people ...

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Sep 22, 2016

Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination

Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday. Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest ...