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  1. 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
  2. SYRIA

    Experts mull plans for Syrian war crimes tribunal

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 04:23pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington When the guns fall silent in Syria and the killing eventually stops, a key part of helping a traumatised people rebuild and heal will be bringing to justice those behind years of shocking brutality. Even though there is no end in sight yet to the grinding war in which some 110,000 people have died, a group of international judges and experts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1331491/experts-mull-plans-syrian-war-crimes-tribunal
  3. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Death toll from Vietnam firework factory blast reaches 24

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 02:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Hanoi

    ... Agence France-Presse in Hanoi More than 20 injured in explosion at military complex in northern Vietnam Vietnamese police on Sunday raised the death toll from a blast at a fireworks factory to 24 blaming other explosives also stored at the site for the accident which also left many injured. “At least 24 people were killed - we have identified 16 bodies,” Phu Tho policeman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1330881/death-toll-vietnam-firework-factory-blast-reaches-24
  4. News - China

    China’s prized caterpillar fungus is worth its weight in gold

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:51pm by Agence France-Presse in Tongren

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tongren Fungus known as ‘Himalayan Viagra’ In a dirty, dimly-lit room in a backstreet of one of China’s poorest rural towns, a trader combs his leathery fingers through a US$17,000 (HK$131,800) bag of caterpillar fungus, lamenting the curse that its value has wrought. The parasitic fungus, Cordyceps sinensis to science, only exists high on the Tibetan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1331391/chinas-prized-caterpillar-fungus-worth-its-weight-gold
  5. News - China - SCIENCE

    China marks 10 years of manned spaceflight

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 11:57am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Space programme soars ahead while rival Nasa closed due to shutdown China marks 10 years since it first sent a human into space on Tuesday, with its ambitious programme rocketing ahead while rival Nasa is largely closed due to the US government shutdown. Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times during his 21-hour flight aboard the Shenzhou ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1331372/china-marks-10-years-manned-spaceflight
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    US credits Syria’s Assad over chemical arms destruction

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 11:27am by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus US Secretary of State John Kerry also thanks Russia for cooperation Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could take “credit” for swiftly moving to eliminate ... envoy Brahimi told France’s TV5 Monde that he hoped the two sides would agree to attend a peace conference in Geneva in mid-November “without preconditions”. “We are going to Geneva without ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326325/us-credits-syrias-assad-over-chemical-arms-destruction
  7. News - China

    China’s electronic cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 03:54pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Hon Lik is acknowledged as the first person to develop a viable commercial e-cigarette The Chinese inventor who dreamed up the electronic cigarette in a nicotine-induced vision says that despite its global popularity, copycat versions and legal disputes mean he has battled to cash in on his creation. “Smoking is the most unhealthy thing in people’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1322857/chinas-electronic-cigarette-inventor-fights-financial-rewards
  8. News - World - SCIENCE

    Lonely planet found floating without star in space

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 04:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Planet found outside solar system without sun to orbit around Astronomers said on Wednesday they have found a lonely planet outside the solar system floating alone in space and not orbiting a star. The gaseous exoplanet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light years from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. Having formed 12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1328628/lonely-planet-found-floating-without-star-space
  9. News - China

    Missing Hungarian wingsuit diver found dead in Hunan province

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 10:30am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Chinese state media reports the body of Victor Kovats was found in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park A Hungarian wingsuit flyer who went missing after plunging into a valley in China when his parachute failed to deploy was found dead on Wednesday, state media reported. About 200 police and firefighters were involved in the search for Victor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1327761/missing-hungarian-wingsuit-diver-found-dead-hunan-province
  10. News - Asia - TERRORISM

    Pakistan Taliban 'open to peace talks'

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 09:47am by Agence France-Presse in Islamabad

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud says ceasefire in Pakistan must include end to US drone strikes Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud on Wednesday said he was still open to peace talks, but that the government has not taken any serious steps to start a dialogue. Mehsud, who has a $5 million US government bounty on his head, said he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1328381/pakistan-taliban-open-peace-talks

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