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India insists Obama's tree is not dead

Feb 21, 2015

India insists Obama's tree is not dead

Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead. It just looks dead. The peepal tree was awash in leaves when Obama planted it at the New Delhi ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pair of strong cyclones hit remote parts of northern Australia

Two powerful cyclones smashed into northern Australia on Friday, knocking out power to thousands, tearing roofs and doors off houses and prompting coastal residents to flee their homes, but appeared to have spared the region earlier predictions of a “calamity.” The twin storms, dubbed ...

Feb 20, 2015

Indonesia says executions of Australians delayed

The execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia has been delayed by up to one month, the vice president’s office told AFP on Friday. Husain Abdullah, the spokesman for Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said the execution of Andrew Chan and ...

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

Feb 20, 2015

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

A scantily clad DJ gyrates to ear-splitting music as the crowd of drinkers orders more towers of lager: welcome to The Hangover, one of a new crop of ‘beer clubs’ raising concerns about Vietnam’s drinking culture. Beer goes for as little as 30 U.S. ...

Feb 18, 2015

Taiwan wants to send nuclear waste overseas for reprocessing

Taiwan has unveiled a plan to process nuclear waste overseas for the first time as it runs out of storage space at its power plants, sparking criticism from environmental groups. The state-run Taiwan Power Co. on Tuesday began soliciting bids from overseas reprocessing companies ...

Feb 18, 2015

North Korea's cybercapabilities not so good: Obama

North Korea’s cyberattack capabilities are actually not very good, according to an impromptu ranking by U.S. President Barack Obama. In an interview with the online site re/code published Tuesday, Obama used North Korea’s relative lack of electronic prowess to underscore how dangerous even less ...

Feb 18, 2015

Myanmar puts army in charge in troubled Kokang region

Myanmar granted its military unprecedented powers to deal with fighting between ethnic minority rebels and government troops in the Kokang region, after weeklong clashes left dozens of soldiers dead and sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring China. Two announcements, signed by ...