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Prayers as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the nearly 230,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On Dec. 26, 2004 a magnitude-9.1 quake off Indonesia’s western tip generated a series of tsunami ...

Dec 27, 2014

Nut rage leak cracked; Korean transport official held

South Korean prosecutors have arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts. Prosecutors say the transport ministry official was sent to ...

Dec 26, 2014

China extends high-speed rail network to Xinjiang

China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi and Lanzhou in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometers away. A slick bullet train took off from Lanzhou West Railway ...

'So many tears this Christmas,' says Pope Francis

Dec 26, 2014

'So many tears this Christmas,' says Pope Francis

AFP-JIJI Pope Francis called for an end to “brutal” religious persecution, killings and hostage-taking in the Middle East and Nigeria as well as violence against children in his annual Christmas “urbi et orbi” message. Denouncing conflicts in Ukraine, Libya and elsewhere, and noting last ...