INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO GETS ROCK STAR WELCOME

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO GETS ROCK STAR WELCOME. Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo greets supporters on stage near the National Monument following his inauguration earlier in the day in Jakarta, Indonesia on Oct 20, 2014. Joko, Indonesia's first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a rock concert marking his inaugurat... Read More

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIAN RIDZUAN SETS NEW RECORD IN MEN'S T36/37/38 LONG JUMP

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIAN RIDZUAN SETS NEW RECORD IN MEN'S T36/37/38 LONG JUMP. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi clinched the men's T36/37/38 long jump gold in style by setting a new Asian Para Games record at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea on Oct 20, 2014. He broke the record of 5.07 metres by Xu Ran of China to set a new mark at 5.42 metres. He had earlier won a silver in the m... Read More

JOKOWI SWORN IN AS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT

JOKOWI SWORN IN AS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo take the oath of office when sworn in as the seventh Indonesian president at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia on Oct 20, 2014. Joko was the winner of Indonesia's presidential election in July. Popularly known as Jokowi, the 53-year- former Jakarta governor, is the first president not from the military and political ... Read More

VIETNAM: MISS COW BEAUTY CONTEST

VIETNAM: MISS COW BEAUTY CONTEST. A winning cow is crowned during the Miss Milk Cow annual beauty contest in Moc Chau plateau, 200km northwest of Hanoi, Vietnam on Oct 18, 2014. The beauty contest selects cows with a solid torso, high legs and which provide the most milk. This year, 126 cows out of 16,000 candidates have been chosen for the contest. For more than a decade the Miss Milk Cow beauty ... Read More

TIHAR, DIWALI CELEBRATION IN NEPAL

TIHAR, DIWALI CELEBRATION IN NEPAL. A vendor selling different colours waits for his customers at Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur, Nepal on Oct 19, 2014. Such colours are used during the festival Tihar. Tihar also known as Diwali in some region of Nepal. It is a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal. This year Diwali in Nepal falls on Oct 21 (Tues) until Oct 25 (Sat). Photo courtesy Ekant... Read More

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIA WINS GOLD, SILVER

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIA WINS GOLD, SILVER. Malaysia ruled supreme in the women's T20 long jump of the Asian Para Games when Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, left and Siti Nooriasah Mohamad Ariffin, right swept the gold and silver at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in South Korea on Oct 19, 2014. Siti Noor Radiah, currently ranked number one in Asia, restored order by leaping to a distance of 5.10m to be... Read More

HOCKEY: INDIA BEAT BRITAIN 2-1 TO DEFEND SULTAN OF JOHOR CUP IN MALAYSIA

HOCKEY: INDIA BEAT BRITAIN 2-1 TO DEFEND SULTAN OF JOHOR CUP IN MALAYSIA. The Indian team celebrate after winning the Sultan of Johor Cup (Under-21 Hockey Championship) when they beat Britain 2-1 in Johor Baharu, Malaysia on Oct 19, 2014. India went on the offensive and were rewarded with the first goal when Harmanpreet Singh scored a penalty corner in the 45th minute. Photo courtesy Bernama Imag... Read More

CHINA: BEIJING MARATHON KICKS OFF IN HAZE

CHINA: BEIJING MARATHON KICKS OFF IN HAZE. A runner wears a gas mask as he takes part in the 34th Beijing International Marathon which began at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 19, 2014. Photo courtesy China daily ... Read More

MALAYSIAN WORLD NO 1 NICOL COMPLETES HAT-TRICK OF US OPEN SQUASHM

MALAYSIAN WORLD NO 1 NICOL COMPLETES HAT-TRICK OF US OPEN SQUASH.Malaysian world champion Nicol David celebrates and Egyptian El Sherbini commiserates after the Malaysia wins 3-0 at the ASB Glass Court in Drexel University, Philadelphia, United States on Oct 18, 2014. Nicol, the world number one who had clinched the title in 2012 and 2013, came up against some tough resistance from the 18-year old... Read More

MALAYSIA: INTERNATIONAL RUN FOR CAPAM

MALAYSIA: INTERNATIONAL RUN FOR CAPAM. Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia Dr Ali Hamsa, who is also the new president of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) shaking hands with runners from Kenya who finished first in the event in conjunction with the 2014 International Run for CAPAM in Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 19, 2014. Some 3... Read More

INDIA LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE

INDIA LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE. Indian Space Research Organisationís Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India on Oct 16, 2014. India plans to launch a total of seven navigational satellites. Photo courtesy PTI Photo ... Read More

SPORTS: VOLVO YACHT OCEAN RACE

SPORTS: VOLVO YACHT OCEAN RACE. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racingís Azzam chasing down the Dongfeng Race Team boat from China several miles from the Canary Islands during Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Oct 16, 2014 between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of the ocean marathon series. Starting from Alicante in Spain on Oct 11, 2014, the route... Read More

MILLIONAIRES WHO SWEEP STREETS IN CHINA

MILLIONAIRES WHO SWEEP STREETS IN CHINA. Kang Mingxiu, 47, with stylish shoe cleans the street beside her car on Guiyang, Guizhou province, China on Oct 16, 2014. About 800 out of some 1,000 sanitation workers in Guiyang, Guizhou province, are "land-lost farmers" who have had their farmland expropriated. Most of them are far from poor, some even own several properties. About 200 of them go to wor... Read More

INDONESIA PREPARE FOR NEW PRESIDENT INAUGURATION

INDONESIA PREPARE FOR NEW PRESIDENT INAUGURATION. Indonesian soldiers take part in security preparations for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joko Widodo and vice president elect Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta, Indonesia. The inauguration ceremony is scheduled to be held on October 20, 2014. Bay ismoyo ... Read More

HONG KONG POLICE CLEAR MORE PROTEST SITES

HONG KONG POLICE CLEAR MORE PROTEST SITES. Police stand next to what is left of an encampment of pro-demoracy protesters in a clean up of the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct 17, 2014. There were no reports of resistance from any of the demonstrators, who are angry about China's restrictions on Hong Kong's leadership election in 2017. They have been on the streets for three weeks. Photo courte... Read More

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ASIA
CHINA CALLS FOR CLOSER ASIA-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

BEIJING, Oct 23 (NNN-XINHUA) -- China hopes to establish a closer partnership among the Asia-Pacific economies, says Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

Speaking at the opening of the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Finance Ministers' Meeting here Wednesday, Zhang said this year is the China Year of APEC ...

MIDDLE EAST
BAHRAINI BUSINESS DELEGATION ON CHINA VISIT

BEIJING, China, Oct 23 (NNN-BNA) - Building on the successful visit by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa to Beijing in Sept 2013, and the two nations celebrating 25 years of bilateral relations earlier this year, a high-level business delegation from Bahrain has begun a 10- day visit to China.

AFRICA
ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO OPEN NEARLY 4,000 POLLING STATIONS FOR NAMIBIA'S NOV 28 ELECTIONS

WINDHOEK, Oct 23 (NNN-NAMPA) -- The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will open 1,386 fixed polling stations and 2,586 mobile polling stations throughout the country for the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections to be held on Nov 28, this year.

Speaking at a one-day electoral ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
US APPEALS COURT SENDS ARGENTINA BACK TO JUDGE GRIESA

NEW YORK, Oct 23 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) -- A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday dismissed the Argentine government's appeal for an order directing Bank of New York Mellon Corp to hold onto US$539 million the country deposited for its restructured bondholders. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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