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  1. News - World - FRANCE

    France battles invasive Asian hornet species, which threatens biodiversity

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:20pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Saint-Paul-les-Dax Aggressive predators threaten biodiversity by feeding on local insects France battles invasive Asian hornet species They slipped into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China and have since invaded more than half the country, which is fighting back with drones, poison and even chickens. The Asian hornet, or Vespa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577809/france-battles-invasive-asian-hornet-species-which-threatens-biodiversity
  2. News - China

    Chinese state media calls for ‘de-Americanised’ world after US shutdown

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 01:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Xinhua says 'new world order should be put in place' where all nations can have interests respected on equal footing While US politicians grapple with how to reopen their shuttered government and avoid a potentially disastrous default on their debt, the world should consider ‘de-Americanising’, a commentary on China’s official news agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1330873/chinese-state-media-calls-de-americanised-world-after-us-shutdown
  3. News - China - TAIWAN

    Three killed in Taiwan helicopter crash

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 01:19pm by Agence France-Presse in Taipei

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Two crew members and a weather station employee were killed on Wednesday when a helicopter crashed into a mountain in central Taiwan, officials said. The Sunrise Airlines helicopter was carrying supplies to a weather station on Yushan, the island’s highest mountain, when it crashed into the mountain’s north peak, the National Fire Agency said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1332951/three-killed-taiwan-helicopter-crash
  4. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Typhoon Nari kills five in Vietnam

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 02:36pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi Typhoon Nari slammed into central Vietnam early on Tuesday killing five people, ripping roofs of homes and damaging roads, state media reported. The storm, which claimed 13 lives in the Philippines over the weekend, tore through the communist country’s central region - from the tourist town of Hue to Quang Ngai to the south, Vietnam Television ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1332196/typhoon-nari-kills-five-vietnam
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel warns against nuclear compromise with Iran

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 03:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israel on Tuesday urged the world to avoid a partial deal with Iran which could see a relaxing of sanctions, just hours before a new round of nuclear ... P5+1 countries - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a media blitz in recent days, warning against concessions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1332210/israel-warns-against-nuclear-compromise-iran
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese armed forces raise profile with online popularity contest

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 02:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Viewers asked to vote for favourite attractive servicemen and servicewomen Japan’s military is inviting the public to vote for their favourite officers in an online contest complete with clips of a muscular serviceman stripped to the waist and doing pull-ups. The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) picked three men and three women from its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1332987/japanese-armed-forces-raise-profile-online-popularity-contest
  7. News - World - BRITAIN

    Jimmy Savile brushed off accusatory women ‘like midges’

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 10:31am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Late BBC presenter rejected allegations in police interviews as ‘fantasy’ Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, branded one of Britain’s worst sex offenders, said he brushed off women who accused him of assault “like midges” and claimed they were trying to make money by selling stories about him, it emerged on Tuesday. Savile’s comments were revealed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1332872/jimmy-savile-brushed-accusatory-women-midges
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    'Fukuppy' firm blames 'misunderstanding' over mascot

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 02:44pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan’s Fukushima Industries on Tuesday blamed a “misunderstanding” as the internet erupted in sniggers over its “Fukuppy” mascot, a name that recalls a catalogue of mishandling at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The Osaka-based refrigerator maker, whose name derives from its founder and has nothing to do with the area hit by an atomic catastrophe, has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1332201/fukuppy-firm-blames-misunderstanding-over-mascot
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Fire destroys 80 cars at Sydney Olympic stadium

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 04:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Fire chief says grass fire that spread to vehicles probably caused by cigarette butt Eighty cars were destroyed or badly damaged in a devastating fire at Sydney’s Olympic Park which investigators on Monday said was likely started by a “stupid” individual discarding a cigarette. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze in the car park ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1331487/fire-destroys-80-cars-sydney-olympic-stadium
  10. News - World

    Shipwreck survivors claim traffickers fired on their boat

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 05:38pm by Agence France-Presse in Rome

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome 31 killed after boat capsized off Malta Syrian refugees who survived after their boat capsized off Malta say they were fired on by warring trafficking gangs as they set out on their perilous journey from Libya, the UN refugee agency reported on Sunday. Thirty-one people were killed and more than 200 people were rescued after the boat capsized a week after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1330928/shipwreck-survivors-claim-traffickers-fired-their-boat

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