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China unveils Mars rover for 2020 mission

China has shown off the first images of the rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020 to explore the surface for three months, the latest aim of its ambitious space program. China in 2003 became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket, ...

China to blast two astronauts into space Monday

Oct 16, 2016

China to blast two astronauts into space Monday

Chinese officials unveiled plans for Monday’s launch of the country’s latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30 a.m., said Wu Ping, deputy ...

Oct 4, 2016

Study reveals Asian ancestry of Pacific Islanders

Ancient DNA has revealed the first inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga came from Asia, not other Oceanic populations as has long been assumed, a study published Tuesday found. The study sheds light on the last great human migration into unpopulated lands, when a people ...

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Sep 30, 2016

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed cases linking the sickness and the birth defect. The announcement could affect Thailand’s key tourism industry, one the ...

Sep 25, 2016

16 pregnant women infected with Zika in Singapore

A total of 16 pregnant women in Singapore are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, local media reported Saturday. The Ministry of Health is exploring plans to set up a national surveillance program to monitor the development of babies born to Zika-infected women, the ...

Sep 14, 2016

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year. The religious edict by the Indonesian Ulema Council said it was “haram,” ...