PAPER PANDA IN MALAYSIA

PAPER PANDA IN MALAYSIA. People pose with paper pandas in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building, a Malaysian iconic building, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital on Dec 21, 2014. The Paper pandas were created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, who crafted 1,600 pandas. The creations, which were made in six different shape and size, will visit more than 15 iconic landmarks in Malaysia under the th... Read More

NEPALI SCALES HIGHEST PEAKS OF ALL CONTINENTS

NEPALI SCALES HIGHEST PEAKS OF ALL CONTINENTS. Sushmita Maskey‚ the first Nepali woman to scale all seven peaks above 8‚000 metres‚ is all smiles on her arrival at Tribhuvan International Aiport on Dec 9, 2014. Maskey ,35, climbed the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848 metres), on May 22, 2008 and May 18, 2011. She scaled Europe's highest peak, Elbrus (5,642 m) on June 26, 2013, Africa's hi... Read More

TUNISIA ELECTION: ESSEBSI CLAIMS HISTORIC VICTORY

TUNISIA ELECTION: ESSEBSI CLAIMS HISTORIC VICTORY. Beji Caid Essebsi (C), Nidaa Tounes party leader, gestures outside the party headquarters in Tunis on Dec 21, 2014. Tunisia's Beji Caid Essebsi has claimed victory in the country's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won 55.5% of the vote. Official results are still to be announced from the run-off election but one ... Read More

WOMEN’S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP: MALAYSIA’S NICOL DAVID’S LEGEND GROWS WITH RECORD EIGHTH WIN

WOMEN’S WORLD SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP: MALAYSIA’S NICOL DAVID’S LEGEND GROWS WITH RECORD EIGHTH WIN. World number 1 Nicol David celebrate after she beat Egyptian Raneem el Weleily in the Women’s World Squash championship in Cairo, Egypt on Dec 21, 2014. Nicol regained the world title in her most exciting final and with her most memorable performance yet, saving four match points in a row to overcom... Read More

COURT IN ARGENTINA GRANTS BASIC RIGHTS TO ORANGUTAN

COURT IN ARGENTINA GRANTS BASIC RIGHTS TO ORANGUTAN. An Orang-utan named Sandra, covered with a blanket, gestures inside its cage at Buenos Aires" zoo in Argentina. A court in Argentina has ruled that a shy orangutan who spent the last 20 years in a zoo can be granted some legal rights enjoyed by humans on Dec 21, 2014. Lawyers had appealed to free Sandra from the Buenos Aires zoo by arguing that... Read More

PHILIPPINES ANNOUNCE MONTH-LONG CEASEFIRE

PHILIPPINES ANNOUNCE MONTH-LONG CEASEFIRE. Young Filipino cadets march in a parade during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 79th Anniversary celebrations at Camp Aguinaldo headquarters in Quezon city, eastern Manila, Philippines, on Dec 18, 2014. The Philippine government announced a month-long ceasefire with the communist rebels from Dec 19, 2014 to Jan 19, 2015 for the Christmas and New Year c... Read More

CUBAN FIVE RELEASED

CUBAN FIVE RELEASED. Women with posters of the Cuban Five celebrate their release, in Havana, Cuba, on Dec 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. The announcement was accompanied by a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies and the celebratory release of American Alan Gross, a g... Read More

DEATH OF RARE WHITE RHINO LEAVES 5 IN THE WORLD

DEATH OF RARE WHITE RHINO LEAVES 5 IN THE WORLD. At 44, Angalifu seen, above at the San Diego Zoo, was elderly for a rhinoceros. The northern white rhinoceros died at the San Diego Zoo in California on Dec 14, 2014 leaving only five in the entire world. Angalifu, a male thought to be 44 years old, is said to have died of old age. One of the critically endangered species remains at the California ... Read More

FLOOD IN THAILAND

FLOOD IN THAILAND. Thailand women wade through floodwater after heavy rains triggered flash floods in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on Dec 18, 2014. Parts of southern Thailand have experienced floods in recent days after heavy rains hit the region. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TREE

UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TREE. A South African man sells a version of the Christmas tree on a roadside in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec 18, 2014. The unusual yet popular Christmas trees are made from the branches of indigeneous trees and painted in various colours. Large trees sell for 600 South African Rand (around 42 euro) and small trees for 300 South African Rand (around 21 euro). Photo courtesy N... Read More

CUBAN PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO DELIVERS SPEECH ON CUBA-US RELATIONS

CUBAN PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO DELIVERS SPEECH ON CUBA-US RELATIONS. Students watch a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba and the U.S. in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and questions of ... Read More

TUNISIA TO HOLD SECOND ROUND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

TUNISIA TO HOLD SECOND ROUND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Supporters of Tunisian President and presidential candidate Moncef Marzouki gather during election rally in Tunis, Tunisia on Dec 17, 2014. Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring. The first round of presidential elect... Read More

BUILDING COLLAPSES IN NAIROBI, KENYA

BUILDING COLLAPSES IN NAIROBI, KENYA. Paramedics try to reach people trapped in rubble after a house collapsed in Makongeni, Nairobi on Dec 17, 2014. One person died and several are injured when a five-storey residential building collapsed at the extended development outside Makongeni Estate. Over 30 families are believed to have been living in the building. An unknown number of people remain trap... Read More

PAKISTAN MOURNS AFTER TALIBAN PESHAWAR SCHOOL MASSACRE

PAKISTAN MOURNS AFTER TALIBAN PESHAWAR SCHOOL MASSACRE. An army soldier stands in the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Taliban gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for over 140 people, most of them ch... Read More

BADMINTON: BWF SUPERSERIES BLOCKBUSTER TAKES OFF IN DUBAI

BADMINTON: BWF SUPERSERIES BLOCKBUSTER TAKES OFF IN DUBAI. Liu Cheng (R) and Bao Yixin of China in action against Tontowi Ahmed and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia in the Mixed Doubles during day one of the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex on Dec 17, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai World Superseries Finals will be held from 17 December 2014 to ... Read More

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ASIA
TORRENTIAL RAINS DISPLACE 290,000 IN SRI LANKA

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Dec. 22 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Nearly 290,000 people have been displaced in the north central and eastern regions of Sri Lanka as torrential rains made dams overflow and hampered transport, an official said on Monday.

State-run Disaster Management Center (DMC) calculates 288,085 people ...

MIDDLE EAST
PRESIDENT ASSAD: LINE SHOULD BE DRAWN BETWEEN FANATICISM AND RELIGIOUS FAITH

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec 22 (NNN-SANA) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, the Syrians are quite aware of the truth about the situation in their own country, which opens up new prospects for religious work for drawing a line between subversive fanaticism and genuine faith.

The President’s comments came during ...

AFRICA
UGANDA POLICE PROBE 20 COMPANIES, INDIIVIDUALS FOR INVOLVEMENT IN MONEY LAUNDERING

By Simon Masaba

KAMPALA, Dec 22 (NNN-NEW VISION) -- Uganda Police are probing 20 companies and individuals suspected to be involved in money laundering.

It is feared that up to 56 billion shillings (bout 16.2 million US dollars) could have laundered through the ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
VENEZUELA: FOOD SEIZURES INCREASED 70% IN LAST FOUR MONTHS OF 2014

CARACAS, Dec 22 (NNN-AVN) -- About 28,000 tons of food were seized in 2014 and 70% of this amount was seized just in the past four months via the implementation of special measures by the Venezuelan Government, said Minister for Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez. In an interview with state ...

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