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India's Modi moves to reform problem-plagued coal industry

21 October 2014

NEW DELHI, Oct 21, 2014 (AFP) - India's government has pledged to open up the coal mining industry to private players in the energy-starved country as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashes promised reforms to revive the ailing economy.

Japan man arrested for dumping a quarter-tonne of porn

21 October 2014

TOKYO: A pensioner who dumped almost a quarter of a tonne of pornography in a Japanese park is unlikely to be charged, police said Tuesday, because the stash belonged to an ill friend.

Fujifilm shares rise in Tokyo on Ebola drug announcement

21 October 2014

TOKYO, Oct 21, 2014 (AFP) - Fujifilm shares rose in Tokyo Tuesday after it said it would boost its supply of an experimental Ebola drug to help stem the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 in west Africa since the start of the year.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

21 October 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 20, 2014 (AFP) - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Hong Kong leader: Democracy would see poor people dominate vote

21 October 2014

HONG KONG, Oct 20, 2014 (AFP) - Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying told media that if the government met pro-democracy protesters' demands it would result in the city's poorer people dominating elections.

Morning air quality gets poorer

21 October 2014

The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 113 at 9am after it crossed into the unhealthy range at the 8am reading when it was 106.

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

20 October 2014

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive

Three more bodies pulled from Nepal Disaster zone

20 October 2014

Emergency workers in Nepal pulled three more bodies from the snow on Monday, as authorities prepared to end the full scale search for survivors of a deadly snowstorm that struck last Tuesday.

Nepal disaster a 'wake-up call' for trekkers and agencies

20 October 2014

A snowstorm that killed dozens of people in Nepal is a "wake-up call" for the trekking industry and tourists alike, experts say, with some heading to the world's highest mountains unprepared for conditions that can easily turn deadly.

Second Japanese female cabinet minister resigns: PM Abe

20 October 2014

TOKYO: Two of the five women in Shinzo Abe's Japanese cabinet resigned Monday beset by allegations of misusing political funds, dealing a blow to the prime minister's efforts to boost the profile of women.

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