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Power cut forces Vietnam airport to turn back flights

20 November 2014

HANOI: A power outage left the control tower at Vietnam's largest airport without radar for more than an hour Thursday, according to state media reports, forcing many flights to reroute.

Iran refuses to give ground on key Arak reactor

20 November 2014

TEHRAN: Iran sees "no more room" for negotiations on the design of its Arak reactor, Tehran's nuclear chief said, refusing to give ground on a key issue in international negotiations.

Police find cyanide at home of Japan 'black widow'

20 November 2014

TOKYO: Japanese police on Monday raided the home of a 67-year-old multi-millionaire arrested on suspicion of poisoning her latest husband after six other partners also died, and reportedly recovered cyanide from her trash.

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

20 November 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday.

Thai police detain three students as 'Hunger Games' screenings axed

20 November 2014

BANGKOK: Thai police detained three university students at Bangkok cinemas on Thursday while at least two theatres in the junta-ruled nation cancelled opening screenings of "The Hunger Games".

Sri Lanka president seeks re-election in snap polls

20 November 2014

COLOMBO: Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse confirmed Thursday he will seek an unprecedented third term in office, with snap elections expected in January.

S. Korea court jails ferry operator CEO for 10 years

20 November 2014

SEOUL: The head of the company that operated South Korea's ill-fated Sewol ferry was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, after being convicted of manslaughter over the disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Chinese 'quack' was freed to kill again

20 November 2014

BEIJING: A Chinese "quack" doctor who believes water causes disease and has had at least 16 patients die from his treatment was released early from prison only to kill again, state-run media reported Thursday.

Nine sentenced in Philippines over deadly 1996 disco fire

20 November 2014

MANILA: A Philippine court on Thursday sentenced nine people to jail for a fire that killed 162 people at a disco in 1996, in a decision that highlighted the country's painfully slow justice system.

Six nurses and worker knifed to death at China hospital

20 November 2014

BEIJING, Nov 20, 2014 (AFP) - Six nurses and a co-worker at a Chinese hospital were knifed to death by another member of staff at a female employees’ dormitory Thursday, state media said.

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