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Jun 29, 2015

China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit. The world’s number one emitter has yet to put ...

Jun 29, 2015

Philippines rebel commander is slain, setback to insurgency

The Philippine military has shot dead an infamous communist guerilla leader in a blow to one of the world’s longest-running Maoist insurgencies, authorities said Monday. New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao was killed in a mountainous hamlet near the major southern city of ...

Jun 28, 2015

South Korea reports 32nd MERS death

South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’ mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. A 55-year-old man died Saturday of Middle East respiratory disease, the health ministry said, putting the ...

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Jun 28, 2015

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of King Tupou VI, the Pacific nation’s monarch, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. The build-up to this coming Saturday’s coronation started near the Royal Palace in ...

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

Jun 27, 2015

South Korea fears MERS may have spread to new hospital

South Korea on Saturday said it was closely monitoring a hospital in eastern Seoul over fears that hundreds of people there may have been exposed to the deadly MERS virus. A 70-year-old woman who caught Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) while visiting an infected ...