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‘Comfort women’ lose lawsuit against Tokyo over wartime sexual slavery

‘Comfort women’ lose lawsuit against Tokyo over wartime sexual slavery

SEOUL: South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery lost their second lawsuit against the Japanese government Wednesday, suffering a setback in their efforts to hold Tokyo accountable for war crimes. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case brought by 20 plaintiffs, including surviving victims forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese soldiers during […]

Climate change and its impact on Central Asia

Climate change and its impact on Central Asia

Speech delivered at the World Journalist Conference on 20 April 2021 By Kuban Taabaldiev Director General, Kabar News Agency Kyrgyz Republic BISHBEK: The region of Central Asia is facing increasingly more irreversible processes caused by climate change. Many know of the tragedy in the region caused by the drying up of such a large lake […]

Singapore: Defamation award raises fears over Facebook postings

Singapore: Defamation award raises fears over Facebook postings

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A punitive damages award totalling S$133,000 granted to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against a blogger in a High Court defamation verdict is being seen as holding serious implications for Singaporeans sharing posts on social media platforms, prompting a crowdfunding campaign by some 2,000 members […]

Coronavirus restrictions on land? No problem, we barbecue on a boat!

Coronavirus restrictions on land? No problem, we barbecue on a boat!

ADANA: Strict coronavirus measures prohibiting barbecues in picnic areas have not hindered three friends in Turkey from moving their plans to the sea. The three men turned the small boat during their cruise on the Seyhan Dam Lake in the southern Mediterranean province of Adana, to a barbecue site. Hurriyet Daily News reported that the […]

Kyrgyzstan rolls out COVID-19 vaccination program

Kyrgyzstan rolls out COVID-19 vaccination program

By Nurzhan Kasmalieva   BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan started the first stage of COVID-19 vaccination on March 29. Earlier, on March 19, the Central Asian country received a batch of 150,000 China-donated vaccine doses. This amount of vaccines will be enough for 75,000 people, since the vaccine is injected twice with an interval of 25-28 days. Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of […]

Asia Culture Center’s philanthropic efforts making positive impact

Asia Culture Center’s philanthropic efforts making positive impact

  ONDOK CABE, Jakarta: Asia Culture Center’s philanthropic effort lifted the children’s spirits in Pondok Cabe during the frightening pandemic. On January 28, Pondok Cabe Rumah Indah’s kindergarten Director Young Hwui Kim distributed books and school supplies that were presented by the Asia Culture Center (ACC) of the Republic of Korea. Director Kim opened the […]

Apology ends row over purloined Singapore’s National Day song

Apology ends row over purloined Singapore’s National Day song

By Ivan Li Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A 1986 National Day song of Singapore found an echo in India, showing once again that emulation is a form of flattery, but plagiarising the tune had created discord. The catchy “Count on Me, Singapore” was rejigged as “We Can Achieve” in an Indian version with […]

Gandhi Peace Prizes for 2019 awarded to Sultan Qaboos, for 2020 to Mujibur Rahman

Gandhi Peace Prizes for 2019 awarded to Sultan Qaboos, for 2020 to Mujibur Rahman

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: The Gandhi Peace Prize for the past two years has been conferred on late Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said (2019) and Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (2020) in recognition of their contributions to social and political transformation through non-violent methods. Although the selection procedure does not allow awarding the […]

Vietnamese little girl back home following recovery from 12th-floor balcony fall

Vietnamese little girl back home following recovery from 12th-floor balcony fall

  By Phong Lan Deputy Head of the World News Desk Dantri Online Newspaper HANOI: The girl who was rescued after falling from the 12th floor of an apartment building in Hanoi is now at home after she recovered well and was discharged from the hospital in good health condition. On Friday morning, the three-year-old […]

Vietnam honours hero for saving toddler falling from 12th floor balcony

Vietnam honours hero for saving toddler falling from 12th floor balcony

By Phong Lan Deputy Head of the World News Desk Dantri Online Newspaper HANOI: A Hanoi man has been praised and rewarded by local authorities and the wide public after he saved a baby girl who fell from the 12th floor of an apartment building in the city. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday […]

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