• Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions
    Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

    Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. Authorities on Saturday gave formal notice to the eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- that they would be executed by firing squad imminently, along with an Indonesian prisoner. The group have been moved to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where …

  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters
    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …

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  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

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    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …

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  • Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions AFP News
    Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

    Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. Authorities on Saturday gave formal notice to the eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- that they would be executed by firing squad imminently, along with an Indonesian prisoner. The group have been moved to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where …

  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT Associated Press

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An official in Nepal says at least 2,152 people are now confirmed dead in the massive earthquake that hit just outside of Kathmandu. Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam gave no further details Sunday. …

  • Aftershocks cause more terror as Nepal quake toll tops 2,200
    Aftershocks cause more terror as Nepal quake toll tops 2,200

    Powerful aftershocks rocked Nepal Sunday, panicking survivors of a quake that killed more than 2,200 and triggering fresh avalanches at Everest base camp, as rescuers dug through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu. "People being stretchered out as choppers land -- half a dozen this morning," Kannampilly said in a text message. …

  • UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis AFP News
    UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Europe to refrain from resorting to a military solution to prevent a repeat of the shipwreck in the Mediterranean that left more than 750 migrants dead. Last weekend's tragedy off the Libyan coast has spurred the EU to plan a military mission against people smugglers, with the bloc's top diplomat Frederica Mogherini charged with obtaining UN approval for such a deployment. …

  • Two protestors shot dead in Burundi capital: witnesses AFP News
    Two protestors shot dead in Burundi capital: witnesses

    Two protestors have been shot dead during clashes with police in the capital of Burundi, witnesses said on Sunday. One body was left in the streets while another was taken away by Red Cross workers, several eyewitnesses said. Burundi's Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana condemned what he said were "uprisings called for by certain politicians and civil society". …

  • Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions AFP News
    Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

    Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. Authorities on Saturday gave formal notice to the eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- that they would be executed by firing squad imminently, along with an Indonesian prisoner. The group have been moved to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where …

  • India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi
    India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi

    Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology [XTC.UL], a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company on Sunday. Xiaomi, the No. 3 global smartphone maker, was valued at $45 billion after a …

  • Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing Reuters
    Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

    Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false," Nokia said in a statement posted on its website. "Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets." However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by …

  • Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake Reuters
    Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who found themselves in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 2,200 people. The 7.9 magnitude quake struck at midday at a busy time of year for the tourism-reliant country's trekking and climbing season, with an estimated 300,000 foreign tourists in the country, several hundred of those on Mount Everest. For the full story, click on: Countries are listed in alphabetical order. …

  • Nepalese dig for quake survivors as toll exceeds 2,200, big aftershock hits Reuters
    Nepalese dig for quake survivors as toll exceeds 2,200, big aftershock hits

    By Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu Valley, killing more than 2,200 people, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. A big aftershock between Kathmandu and Everest unleashed more avalanches in the Himalayas. "Another one, we have an aftershock right now. Oh shit!" said Indian climber Arjun Vajpai over the phone from Makalu …

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters Reuters
    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place AFP News
    'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

    Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform. "Handling spam is a …

  • Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly AFP Relax
    Apple Watch begins global launch -- quietly

    The Apple Watch made its global debut on Friday in a launch aimed at making the California giant the overnight leader in wearable technology. The event was noticeably low key compared with the fanfare of other Apple product launches: None of the smartwatches were available in Apple stores in New York or around the world, meaning no long queues. Some customers were expected to get delivery of the Apple Watch if they were among the first to pre-order when Apple opened online sales on April 10. …

  • Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple AFP Relax
    Samsung plans to release a round watch to compete with Apple

    The next connected watch by Samsung should for the first time adopt a more conventional look and offer a round screen, like the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane for example. In fact, it was on the day of the Apple Watch's release that the South Korean company announced the release of a development kit (SDK). This model, of which no details have surfaced, could also function with Tizen, Samsung's own mobile solution already installed on the Gear 2, 2 Lite and S. Until now, Samsung had only …

  • Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut AFP Relax
    Apple unleashes ad trio for Watch debut

    Tech giant Apple has released three fresh ads promoting the attributes of the Apple Watch in a series of everyday life scenarios. The second, "Up," is aimed at the lifestyle of active individuals, focuses on how people can use the Apple Watch to improve their general health and well-being -- at the gym, on their bikes, outdoors to time runs -- even at home via timed exercise reminders. …

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