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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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

1 Nov 2018 - 5:10PM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

28 May 2018 - 11:46AM
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".

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".

8 Mar 2018 - 6:55PM
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.

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.

30 Jan 2018 - 5:12PM
Tourism opens doors to AI and virtual reality

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

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

24 Jan 2018 - 6:46PM
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.

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
Drone saves two Australian swimmers from drowning

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

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

19 Jan 2018 - 1:11PM
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.

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
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.

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

5 Jan 2018 - 5:48PM
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.

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.

22 Dec 2017 - 3:03PM
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.

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
'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. 

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
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.

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.

21 Dec 2017 - 1:18PM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

6 Nov 2017 - 4:28PM
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.

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.

13 Sep 2017 - 3:12PM
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.

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
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.

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.

29 Aug 2017 - 4:22PM
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.

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.

22 Aug 2017 - 3:16PM
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.

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.

22 Aug 2017 - 10:22AM
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.

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

13 Aug 2017 - 12:57PM