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Fasten your seatbelts and prepare... to stay at home

18 December 2014

TOKYO, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet.

Heavy snow kills 3, disrupts travel in Japan

18 December 2014

TOKYO, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said Thursday, with up to two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Tears flow: A student weeping during a special memorial ceremony at her school in Lahore. — AP

Pakistan brings back death penalty

18 December 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister’s office announced a day after Taliban militants killed 148 people in an attack on a school.

Together in death: People  attending the funeral of two  schoolboys  killed by  Taliban  militants  in  Peshawar. — EPA

Pakistan mourns for 148

18 December 2014

PESHAWAR: Pakistan mourned 148 people – mostly children – killed by the Taliban in a school massacre that prompted global revulsion and put the government under new pressure to combat the scourge of militancy.

Chinese tourist killed in Turkey balloon crash: report

17 December 2014

ISTANBUL, Dec 17, 2014 (AFP) - A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others, including Malaysians, were injured Wednesday when a hot-air balloon crashed during a sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, reports said.

Thai junta vows to‘hunt’ fugitive lese majeste suspects

17 December 2014

BANGKOK, Dec 17, 2014 (AFP) - The Thai junta on Wednesday said it will “hunt” fugitives wanted under the kingdom’s strict royal defamation law, vowing to press foreign governments to hand over suspects seeking sanctuary abroad.

India’s SpiceJet grounds fleet after running out of fuel

17 December 2014

NEW DELHI, Dec 17, 2014 (AFP) - Troubled Indian airline SpiceJet grounded its fleet Wednesday after suppliers refused to refuel its planes due to unpaid bills, company officials said.

Heavy snow hits northern Japan

17 December 2014

TOKYO: Northern Japan was in the grip of a blizzard Wednesday as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and vehicles were buried in snow, officials and reports said.

Pakistan in mourning for 141 killed in Taliban school carnage

17 December 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistan began three days of mourning Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack, as the world united in revulsion.

Tibetan burns himself to death in China

17 December 2014

BEIJING: A Tibetan has died after setting himself on fire to protest at China’s rule of the Himalayan region in the first self-immolation for three months, a rights group and overseas media said Wednesday.

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