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Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Beijing (AFP) - Heavy smog suffocated northeast China for a fifth day Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled and road and rail transport grinding to a halt under the low visibility conditions.

Twenty five die in Siberia after drinking bath oil for alcoholic kicks

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Siberian authorities on Tuesday revised upwards the number of Russians who have died after drinking contaminated bath oil to 52 from 41, the Irkutsk region's health ministry told Reuters.

CAP: Malaysia not ready for mental health crisis

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia’s mental illness rate is above the global average.

Smoking desserts come with a warning

JOHOR BARU: Smoking desserts may be the craze now, but there are safety measures that need to be adhered to when enjoying them.

The Star Education Fair to feature over 150 institutions

PETALING JAYA: An array of study options and programmes awaits students at the Star Education Fair 2017 next month.

Syrian government allows U.N. to beef up monitoring in Aleppo

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government has authorised the United Nations to send an additional 20 staff to east Aleppo, where they will monitor the continuing evacuation of thousands of people, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday.

Residents in China's north complain as smog alert enters fifth day

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Northern China was shrouded in smog for a fifth straight day on Wednesday as citizens complained that the state's emergency measures were still not being implemented properly.

South Korea special prosecutors raid national pension service office - Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a daughter of the woman at the centre of President Park Geun-hye's corruption scandal and investigators raided the National Pension Service over possible links to the scandal.

New Japan bird flu outbreak brings fresh cull of chickens as Asia spread fears grow

TOKYO/MANILA (Reuters) - A virulent strain of airborne bird flu extended its shadow across northeast Asia as Japan launched a new chicken cull on a southern island, days after gassing hundreds of thousands of birds some 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) to the north.

Smog sparks public anger

Shijiazhuang: China’s smoggiest city closed schools as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children’s health.