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Coal mine fire kills 24 in China

26 November 2014

BEIJING: A fire at a coal mine in northeast China killed 24 workers early Wednesday, state media reported.

Hong Kong police arrest 80 protestors in bid to clear street

25 November 2014

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police used pepper spray and arrested 80 people Tuesday as they moved to clear a city street blocked by pro-democracy demonstrators for nearly two months.

China insists rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting

25 November 2014

Developed countries must do more than their less wealthy counterparts to tackle climate change, the world’s biggest polluter China said Tuesday, reaffirming its longstanding position before a United Nations climate conference next month.

Third senior Thai police officer charged with royal defamation

25 November 2014

BANGKOK: Thai police said Tuesday they have charged a third high-ranking officer with lese majeste and all three with corruption, confiscating $61 million in assets in what has become a rare internal probe of the country’s top brass.

Philippines removes Hong Kong journalists from blacklist

25 November 2014

MANILA: The Philippines has lifted an entry ban against nine Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions at President Benigno Aquino last year, a government spokeswoman said Tuesday after a media backlash.

China ships pay first post-Japan summit visit to disputed isles

25 November 2014

TOKYO: Chinese ships returned to territorial waters around islands at the centre of a dispute with Japan on Tuesday, the coastguard said, the first incursion since a Sino-Japanese summit aimed at reducing tensions.

Indian Kashmir heads to polls as Modi’s BJP eyes power

25 November 2014

GANDERBAL, India: Indian Kashmir headed to the polls Tuesday under tight security with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party eyeing power for the first time in the tense and disputed Muslim-majority state.

Colourful war of words plays out on Gaza’s battered walls

25 November 2014

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Everywhere you turn, walls in the Gaza Strip are covered with paint - brightly coloured slogans, political portraits and prose.

Peking University sacks professor over affair with student

25 November 2014

Beijing: Peking University has fired an associate professor accused of having sex with an international female student, saying that “the inappropriate behaviour triggers a severe social effect”, according to an announcement released on the university’s website.

Water power: The Zangmu Hydropower Station operating in Gyaca county in Lhoka, or Shannan prefecture. — AFP

Tibetan mega-dam begins operation

25 November 2014

BEIJING: China has begun generating electricity from Tibet’s biggest ever hydropower project, state-run media reported, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers that has prompted concern in neighbouring India.

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