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Sultan of Pahang named as Malaysia’s new king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the hereditary ruler of the central Malaysian state of Pahang and a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, has been named the country’s new king.

24 Jan 2019 - 5:13PM

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the hereditary ruler of the central Malaysian state of Pahang and a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, has been named the country’s new king.

Sultan of Pahang named as Malaysia’s new king
New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

Vlastimil Gular’s life took a turn for the worse one year ago when minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer. Doctors had to remove his larynx, and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using a recreation of his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot – thanks to an innovative app developed by two Czech universities.

17 Jan 2019 - 9:59AM

Vlastimil Gular’s life took a turn for the worse one year ago when minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer. Doctors had to remove his larynx, and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using a recreation of his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot – thanks to an innovative app developed by two Czech universities.

New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back
India unveils world’s tallest statue

India inaugurated the world’s tallest statue on Wednesday, October 31, with tight security in place due to an outcry by local groups over the high cost of the 182-metre (600-ft) sculpture of independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

India inaugurated the world’s tallest statue on Wednesday, October 31, with tight security in place due to an outcry by local groups over the high cost of the 182-metre (600-ft) sculpture of independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

India unveils world’s tallest statue
Fire engulfs Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum

A massive fire ripped through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum on September 2, threatening its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from fossils to Egyptian artifacts.

3 Sep 2018 - 4:52PM

A massive fire ripped through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum on September 2, threatening its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from fossils to Egyptian artifacts.

Fire engulfs Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum
Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens

Chinese kindergarten students giggle as they solve puzzles assigned by their new teaching assistant: a roundish, short machine with a screen instead of a face. In China, robots are being built to deliver groceries, provide companionship for the elderly, dispense legal advice and become teachers.

30 Aug 2018 - 10:25AM

Chinese kindergarten students giggle as they solve puzzles assigned by their new teaching assistant: a roundish, short machine with a screen instead of a face. In China, robots are being built to deliver groceries, provide companionship for the elderly, dispense legal advice and become teachers.

Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
Thai soccer team makes first public appearance since cave rescue

The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were dramatically rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, have spoken to the media for the first time. The “Wild Boars” team members wore football jerseys when they entered the press conference room in Chiang Rai province. In the tightly controlled event, questions asked by journalists were first screened by psychiatrists to avoid any possible trauma to the team.

19 Jul 2018 - 12:25AM

The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were dramatically rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, have spoken to the media for the first time. The “Wild Boars” team members wore football jerseys when they entered the press conference room in Chiang Rai province. In the tightly controlled event, questions asked by journalists were first screened by psychiatrists to avoid any possible trauma to the team.

Thai soccer team makes first public appearance since cave rescue
Xi, Putin meet as US tensions bring them closer

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a state visit on Friday. The neighbouring giants are forging closer ties in the face of US diplomatic and economic challenges.

8 Jun 2018 - 4:58PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a state visit on Friday. The neighbouring giants are forging closer ties in the face of US diplomatic and economic challenges.

Xi, Putin meet as US tensions bring them closer
Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard arrives in Singapore

Kim Jong-un impersonator, who goes by the name Howard, has landed in Singapore to pose at tourist attractions ahead of a historic summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Kim Jong-un impersonator, who goes by the name Howard, has landed in Singapore to pose at tourist attractions ahead of a historic summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump.

Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard arrives in Singapore
Chinese photographer undeterred by rooftopper’s death

Yan Lei stands near the edge of a skyscraper as his camera pans out to capture a southwestern Chinese city's landscape - an activity he won't stop despite the recent fatal fall of a "rooftopper".

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Yan Lei stands near the edge of a skyscraper as his camera pans out to capture a southwestern Chinese city's landscape - an activity he won't stop despite the recent fatal fall of a "rooftopper".

Chinese photographer undeterred by rooftopper’s death
Philippines President Duterte meets officials leading Mount Mayon volcano response

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte visited Albay Province on January 29, where the Mount Mayon volcano continues to erupt. Duterte met disaster response agency officials and local political leaders.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte visited Albay Province on January 29, where the Mount Mayon volcano continues to erupt. Duterte met disaster response agency officials and local political leaders.

Philippines President Duterte meets officials leading Mount Mayon volcano response
Tourism opens doors to AI and virtual reality

Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are making inroads into the tourism sector.

24 Jan 2018 - 6:46PM

Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are making inroads into the tourism sector.

Tourism opens doors to AI and virtual reality
China prepares for a potential crisis in North Korea

China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea by posting more troops and installing more surveillance cameras and radiation detectors.

19 Jan 2018 - 6:18PM

China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea by posting more troops and installing more surveillance cameras and radiation detectors.

China prepares for a potential crisis in North Korea
Drone saves two Australian swimmers from drowning

This is the first time a drone has been used to save swimmers caught in rough seas.

19 Jan 2018 - 1:11PM

This is the first time a drone has been used to save swimmers caught in rough seas.

Drone saves two Australian swimmers from drowning
French president applauded for video of Chinese lesson

A video of French President Emmanuel Macron learning how to say “Make Our Planet Great Again” in Mandarin has earned him kudos from social media users in China, where he is making his first state visit.

9 Jan 2018 - 5:22PM

A video of French President Emmanuel Macron learning how to say “Make Our Planet Great Again” in Mandarin has earned him kudos from social media users in China, where he is making his first state visit.

French president applauded for video of Chinese lesson
Stressed-out Hongkongers find natural therapy in city's hiking trails

Hongkongers have found an natural way to unwind from fast-paced city life - hiking.

5 Jan 2018 - 5:48PM

Hongkongers have found an natural way to unwind from fast-paced city life - hiking.

Stressed-out Hongkongers find natural therapy in city's hiking trails
Greenpeace tries to hang banner on Hong Kong observation wheel

Greenpeace protesters were defeated by high winds in their attempt to hang a banner on an observation wheel in Hong Kong. The banner reading ‘Free Plastic Now’ was to raise awareness of plastic usage in Hong Kong.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Greenpeace protesters were defeated by high winds in their attempt to hang a banner on an observation wheel in Hong Kong. The banner reading ‘Free Plastic Now’ was to raise awareness of plastic usage in Hong Kong.

Greenpeace tries to hang banner on Hong Kong observation wheel
Hanoi's nudists bare all, defying social norms

Butt cheeks bared, Hanoi's ragtag nudist club brave the winter weather for their daily exercise, stripping down and defying norms in the conservative communist nation.

22 Dec 2017 - 2:23PM

Butt cheeks bared, Hanoi's ragtag nudist club brave the winter weather for their daily exercise, stripping down and defying norms in the conservative communist nation.

Hanoi's nudists bare all, defying social norms
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ cast and crew in China for premiere

The cast of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ walked the red carpet for the film’s China premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The latest film in the series chronicles the exile of character Luke Skywalker. 

21 Dec 2017 - 5:20PM

The cast of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ walked the red carpet for the film’s China premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The latest film in the series chronicles the exile of character Luke Skywalker. 

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ cast and crew in China for premiere
Hong Kong holds nuclear emergency drills

About 3,000 staff from more than 30 government departments staged a two-day contingency drill on an outlying island in Hong Kong to simulate a leak at a nuclear plant in China.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

About 3,000 staff from more than 30 government departments staged a two-day contingency drill on an outlying island in Hong Kong to simulate a leak at a nuclear plant in China.

Hong Kong holds nuclear emergency drills
Fifty Chinese couples get married in Colombo mass wedding ceremony

Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The couples included newly-weds as well as already married couples aiming to re-dedicate their marriages.

18 Dec 2017 - 12:20PM

Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The couples included newly-weds as well as already married couples aiming to re-dedicate their marriages.

Fifty Chinese couples get married in Colombo mass wedding ceremony
Illegal cannabis boosts tourism in Morocco

The cannabis fields in Morocco are illegal but they still attracts thousands of tourists each year. Cannabis is seen as a source of revenue for farmers and a part of the local culture.

8 Dec 2017 - 6:39PM

The cannabis fields in Morocco are illegal but they still attracts thousands of tourists each year. Cannabis is seen as a source of revenue for farmers and a part of the local culture.

Illegal cannabis boosts tourism in Morocco
Victoria's Secret show stumbles across the line in China

Victoria's Secret models hit the catwalk in Shanghai in the lingerie brand’s first show outside the US or Europe.

21 Nov 2017 - 1:05PM

Victoria's Secret models hit the catwalk in Shanghai in the lingerie brand’s first show outside the US or Europe.

Victoria's Secret show stumbles across the line in China
Toxic smog smothers New Delhi

Toxic smog has smothered New Delhi. Pollution levels have hit 40 times the WHO's safe limit. Authorities have banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced restrictions on private car use.

21 Nov 2017 - 3:41PM

Toxic smog has smothered New Delhi. Pollution levels have hit 40 times the WHO's safe limit. Authorities have banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced restrictions on private car use.

Toxic smog smothers New Delhi
Final goodbye to Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol

A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok's historic heart early Thursday as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok's historic heart early Thursday as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure.

Final goodbye to Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol
UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

The UN Security Council unanimously imposes new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test.

UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea
South Korea deploys THAAD amid protests

Protesters clash with thousands of police at a South Korean village as components of a controversial system to guard against North Korean missiles are deployed.

13 Sep 2017 - 3:13PM

Protesters clash with thousands of police at a South Korean village as components of a controversial system to guard against North Korean missiles are deployed.

South Korea deploys THAAD amid protests
Scientists launch virtual reality game to detect Alzheimer’s disease

Sea Quest Hero is more than just the usual computer game in which players find their way through mazes, chasing and shooting creatures: it also doubles as the latest scientific tool for studying Alzheimer’s disease.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Sea Quest Hero is more than just the usual computer game in which players find their way through mazes, chasing and shooting creatures: it also doubles as the latest scientific tool for studying Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists launch virtual reality game to detect Alzheimer’s disease
Total solar eclipse mesmerizes North America

Sky-gazers stood transfixed and gazed in wonder on Monday as the sun vanished behind the moon in a rare total eclipse. US President Donald Trump celebrated the cosmic spectacle as well, but without precautions at one point.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Sky-gazers stood transfixed and gazed in wonder on Monday as the sun vanished behind the moon in a rare total eclipse. US President Donald Trump celebrated the cosmic spectacle as well, but without precautions at one point.

Total solar eclipse mesmerizes North America
Diana: fashionista who shook up the royal dress code

Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by the late Princess Diana is on show on the 20th anniversary of her death in a unique exhibition charting her style reign.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by the late Princess Diana is on show on the 20th anniversary of her death in a unique exhibition charting her style reign.

Diana: fashionista who shook up the royal dress code
Car rams into crowd at violent Virginia rally

A white nationalists rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car ploughed into a crowd of clashing protesters.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

A white nationalists rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car ploughed into a crowd of clashing protesters.

Car rams into crowd at violent Virginia rally