North Koreans voted yesterday in a pre-determined election for a rubber-stamp parliament — an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang.
The vote to elect representatives for the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) was taking place asFULL STORY
Seven years in the making and costing nearly US$20 million, the first Indian film museum is set to open in the home of Bollywood, more than 100 years after the country’s celebrated movie industry was born.
The Indian government-funded National Museum of Indian Cinema, set inFULL STORY
In the desolate camps of western Myanmar, many homeless Muslims are determined to assert their identity as Rohingya after years of persecution, in a census some fear will spark further turmoil.
Myanmar’s first census in 30 years — which starts at the end of the monthFULL STORY
China has curtailed the power of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the security services, to interfere in most legal cases, academics with knowledge of the situation said — a significant reform at a time of public discontentFULL STORY
Chinese social media yesterday filled with messages of sympathy for the missing on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with almost two-thirds of those on board from China, in what would be the country’s second-worst air disaster.
Meanwhile, a Malaysia Airlines official, defended the company against criticism thatFULL STORY
China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air.
China’s National People’s Congress head Zhang Dejiang (張德江) yesterday said in a report to the legislature’s annual session that businesses were responsible for the environmental damage they causedFULL STORY
Yasuo Takamatsu, 57, grunts with the effort of hoisting a scuba diving tank onto his back, as he prepares to step into the cold waters off Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coast to look for the body of his wife, one of thousands still missing three years on.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead on Saturday.
The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with al-Maliki also accusing RiyadhFULL STORY
One of the highest-achieving state schools (non-fee-paying schools, funded in whole or in part by taxation) in the UK is among 23 secondaries and primaries where former pupils have come forward in the wake of the scandal over deceased pedophile British TV presenter, Jimmy Savile,FULL STORY
Ten years after living through the horror of the Madrid train bombings, which she blames for a miscarriage, Adeniria Moreira says she thinks of her unborn baby every day and struggles to leave her home.
She had just boarded a train at El Pozo, the hardest-hitFULL STORY
A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the US in one of the most complex cyberespionage programs uncovered to date.
Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, isFULL STORY
In a major show of force, hundreds of Venezuelan National Guardsmen in riot gear and armored vehicles prevented an “empty pots march” from reaching Venezuela’s Food Ministry on Saturday to protest now-chronic food shortages.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government celebrated an Organization of AmericanFULL STORY
Eight months before the Nov. 4 elections, Republicans have expanded the number of competitive races for US Senate seats and have a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic US President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda.
Public dissatisfaction with the president, concerns aboutFULL STORY
In front of a rapt audience in a Los Angeles film lot, Krepo hooks an enemy with his scythe and harvests virtual souls with a signature move called a “death sentence.”
The grim scene played out time and again as Krepo and his Evil Geniuses teamFULL STORY
Now it is personal. By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, US President Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Despite his reluctance to play Cold War-style chess with Putin, a degenerationFULL STORY
Lomas de Peye residents used to fear that a strong gust of wind from the Caribbean would be enough to knock down their school. Then singer Shakira came to their aid.
The pop superstar recently traveled to this shanty town in Cartagena, on Colombia’s northern coastline,FULL STORY
Chinese planes fly close
Tokyo scrambled military jets yesterday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near its airspace, defense officials said. One Y-8 information-gathering plane and two H-6 bombers flew over the East China Sea, traveling in international airspace between southern islands and wentFULL STORY