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The nuclear radiation from Japan is not expected to affect China in the immediate future, according to weather experts. Meteorological authorities say the radioactive substances won’t pose a threat in the next three days after being diluted as they will be diluted in the atmosphere over the ocean and any rainfall would also reduce the […]

* Incomplete and inconsistent information will not help Japan There is panic and bewilderment in Japan’s neighbors – including South Korea, North Korea and China following the threat posed by rising levels of radiation caused by explosions at some three nuclear reactors as a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a dreadful tsunami swept across […]

Japanese officials have ordered anyone living within 20km (12 miles) of the Fukushima nuclear power plant to evacuate the area. Explosions have occurred at two of its reactors and some radiation leakage has been detected. However, swift action by the Japanese authorities should be able to minimise the cost to human health. What are the […]

In the past five years, spending every day chanting sutras and accompanying an old abbot in a small monastery has made Losang Samdan feel lonely. Fortunately, a portable DVD player that supports cable TV functions and a mobile phone has enabled the 40-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk to keep updated with the ever-changing world. “TV news […]

Soldiers and officials in northeastern Japan are warning residents that the area could be hit by another tsunami and are ordering residents to higher ground. Sirens around the town of Soma went off late Monday morning and public address systems ordered residents to higher ground. Kyodo News Agency said the tsunami could be 10 feet […]

Facebook and Twitter are causing deteriorating language skills among Thai students and authorities want them to return to the bygone tradition of letter-writing, the Culture Ministry said Friday. A national survey conducted by the ministry found that four out of 10 Thai youths think ‘proper Thai’ should only be used on formal occasions. Roughly a […]

*Quake measured a magnitude of 8.8, triggering warnings of tsunami as high as six metres and shaking buildings in Tokyo. A series of powerful earthquakes have struck north-east Japan on Friday afternoon, triggering warnings of tsunami as high as 10 metres and shaking buildings in Tokyo. The first earthquake struck at 2:46 pm local time […]

The exchange rate policy is not a major tool for China to tame inflation, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said Friday. Zhou made the comment in response to a question on whether China would make a one-off appreciation of the yuan to ease rising domestic price pressures. The interest rate policy, however, remains an important […]

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus predicted on Monday that Asia-Pacific airlines are expected to take delivery of around 8,560 new aircraft over the next 20 years, thus becoming the largest air transport market. These orders are valued at 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars, overtaking those from North America and Europe, and will represent 33 percent of new […]

South Korean and U.S. soldiers on Monday displayed their readiness against any possible threats in a live-fire exercise which involved the Stryker Interim Armored Vehicles. Four Stryker vehicles and some 40 soldiers took part in the training exercise held at a firing range in Pocheon, 40 km northeast of Seoul. The live-fire exercise, highlighting the […]

The approved investment for the first phase of the Disneyland project in Shanghai stands at 24.5 billion yuan (3.7 billion U.S. dollars), Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng said Sunday. “I have read some media reports about the Disneyland investment, but they were incorrect,” said Han while attending the ongoing annual parliamentary session in Beijing. “I thereby […]

China aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent in the five years to 2015, Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday at the opening of the parliament’s annual session. Carbon dioxide emission is set to be slashed by 17 percent in the five years on the basis of 2010, as part of […]

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) lashed out at the United States on Sunday for “shielding” South Korea’s plot to force some missing DPRK fisherpeople to “defect,” the official KCNA news agency reported. A protest was lodged with the U.S. side by the head of Pyongyang’s delegation to the senior colonel-level military talks between […]

China is not in favor of setting any preconditions for restarting the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, which have been stalled for about two years, a senior diplomat said Friday. China takes a positive and tolerant attitude toward the talks’ resumption, and is unwilling to see the current stagnation, Wu Dawei, Chinese […]

More than 100,000 Tibetan Buddhism believers are estimated to have gathered at a monastery in Lhasa Tuesday to mark a traditional religious festival ahead of the Tibetan New Year that begins Saturday. The annual “Sera Bengqin Festival” is an important religious event celebrated four days before the Tibetan New Year. It is held exclusively at […]

Yahoo Inc is in advanced talks to exit its joint venture in Japan with SoftBank Corp, a move that could lead it to focus on reaching a decision on its China assets. A deal to transfer Yahoo’s 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan to telecommunications company and investor SoftBank could come within a few weeks, […]

South Korea and the United States have started their annual joint military drills, amid continuing tensions on the peninsula. The 11-day joint maneuvers, code named “Key Resolve and Foal Eagle” will see nearly 215 thousand troops taking part. South Korea said Key Resolve, which mainly involves computer simulations, will last until the 10th March, while […]

A dispute is going on between U.S and Pakistan about Raymond Davis. According to a Telegraph report, Raymond Davis, 36, has worked for U.S Special Forces. This puts to question his identy as a diplomat – as the U.S. government claims. Last month Americans were insisting that Raymond Davis has a diplomatic immunity and were demanding […]

Thailand’s prime minister has a confession to make: He is also British. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva publicly acknowledged his dual nationality on Thursday for the first time during a debate in parliament. Abhisit automatically holds British citizenship because he was born in Newcastle to parents from a well-to-do Bangkok family. He would have to specifically […]

Irish voters are preparing to head to the polls to cast their ballot in the country’s national election. The ruling coalition is widely expected to suffer the first defeat for a Eurozone government since the onset of the debt crisis. The ruling Fianna Fail party is expected to face defeat in Friday’s poll, as voters […]

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