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  • A virtually invisible oil spill threatens Asia’s fisheries

    A virtually invisible oil spill threatens Asia’s fisheries

    ZHOUSHAN (CHINA): A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in a threat that experts say is unlike any before: An almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to and beyond. It is the largest oil spill […]

     
     
  • Pakistan gang ‘stole spinal fluid from ladies‘

    Pakistan gang ‘stole spinal fluid from ladies‘

    Pakistani police have arrested four people accused of stealing spinal fluid from women. The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told Urdu. However, they extracted spinal fluid instead, and attempted to sell it on the black market, police added. The gang is thought to have stolen spinal […]

     
     
  • What Kim Jong-un‘s new picture tells us about North Korea

    What Kim Jong-un‘s new picture tells us about North Korea

    In a report on Tuesday, North Korea‘s state media indicated that leader Kim Jong-un was delighted with the outcome of his country‘s attendance at the Winter Olympics. Accompanying the report was an unusually relaxed picture of Mr Kim with his sister and the head of state. As analyst Michael Madden explains, a lot can be read into such pictures from […]

     
     
  • Taiwan‘s pedestrian crossing males get girlfriends

    Taiwan‘s pedestrian crossing males get girlfriends

    The little green and red traffic light men in southern Taiwan have got themselves girlfriends, just in time for Valentine‘s Day, it‘s reported. According to the website, the first of some 40 pedestrian signs featuring a new “couple” design has been unveiled today at an official ceremony in southern Pingtung County. The new street crossings feature the animated red man […]

     
     
  • South Korea jails Choi Quickly-sil, pal to Park Geun-hye, for corruption

    South Korea jails Choi Quickly-sil, pal to Park Geun-hye, for corruption

    A South Korean court has sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a friend and adviser to former president Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in jail for corruption, influence-peddling and abuse of power. Choi was at the heart of a massive corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of Ms Park, the country‘s first female president. Ms Park is standing trial for more than […]