20 KILLED SCORES INJURED AS EARTHQUAKE HITS INDONESIA'S ACHEH PROVINCE

20 KILLED SCORES INJURED AS EARTHQUAKE HITS INDONESIA'S ACHEH PROVINCE. Residents gather outside a damaged mosque, its minaret reduced to rubble following its collapse, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie in Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra on Dec 6, 2016. At least 20 people was killed and dozens injured the quake hit the area near Banda Aceh damaging buil... Read More

XI'AN-MOSCOW FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE LAUNCHED

XI'AN-MOSCOW FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE LAUNCHED. The first freight train service linking Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, with Moscow, capital of Russia, all set at Xi'an on Dec 6, 2016. The train of 41 containers mainly carrying consumer durables will pass through Kazakhstan before reaching Moscow and the trip will take 11 days, compared to the traditional land and sea rout... Read More

LEBANON: WOMEN STAND AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL RAPE LAW

LEBANON: WOMEN STAND AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL RAPE LAW. Women stand in silence in Beirut's downtown to press for the abolition of penal code article 522, on Dec 6, 2016. Twelve women wearing torn white dresses and red-stained bandages held a silent protest Tuesday in Downtown Beirut over a controversial law that allows rapists to avoid conviction if they marry their victim. Photo courtesy Daily... Read More

FLAMINGOES IN KUWAIT CITY

FLAMINGOES IN KUWAIT CITY. Migratory birds of the flamingo species congregate at the shore of Kuwait City, Kuwait on Dec 6, 2016. Migratory birds are making regular appearances on the coast at the beginning of the winter in Kuwait. Photo courtesy Raed Qutena ... Read More

14 DEAD IN SOUTHERN THAI FLOODS, OVER 580,000 RESIDENTS AFFECTED

14 DEAD IN SOUTHERN THAI FLOODS, OVER 580,000 RESIDENTS AFFECTED. An ariel view of municipality of Nakhon Si Thammarat province among the widely flooded southern Thai provinces on Dec 6, 2016. Flooding in the provinces has affected over half a million people, claimed 14 lives so far, said the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. The flood in southern Thailand which began on Dec 1 ha... Read More

POLICE IN RIO CLASH WITH DEMONSTRATORS

POLICE IN RIO CLASH WITH DEMONSTRATORS. Protesters run away from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a public servants protest against austerity measures in front of the Rio de Janeiro state assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Dec 6, 2016. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

INDIA POPULAR POLITICIAN JAYALALITHA DIES AT 68

INDIA POPULAR POLITICIAN JAYALALITHA DIES AT 68. Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa hold her photograph as they pray for her health at a temple, in Mumbai, India on Dec 5, 2016. One of India's most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, died at 68. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:0... Read More

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF NELSON MANDELA'S DEATH

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF NELSON MANDELA'S DEATH. A street vendor sells flags and memorabilia of late South African leader Nelson Mandela on the third anniversary of his passing in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa on Dec 5, 2016. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

TROPICAL STORM OTTO KILLS 10 IN COSTA RICA

TROPICAL STORM OTTO KILLS 10 IN COSTA RICA. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis left, visits areas affected by Hurricane Otto in Upala, Costa Rica on Dec 5, 2016. Otto hit Costa Rica 10 days ago, killing 10 people, and a further 12 in neighbouring Panama and Nicaragua. Photo courtesy Luis Guillermo Solis Facebook ... Read More

SOCCER: MALAYSIA CRUSH VIETNAM 4-0 IN 1ST ASEAN DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

SOCCER: MALAYSIA CRUSH VIETNAM 4-0 IN 1ST ASEAN DEAF FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. Malaysian player center, and Vietnam player, left tussle during ASEAN Deaf Football Championships in Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 5, 2016. Malaysia began their campaign in the maiden championships in style with a 4-0 win over Vietnam in a group B opening match. Malaysia hosted the FIRST ASEAN... Read More

GREY SEAL CONTINUES TO INCREASE

GREY SEAL CONTINUES TO INCREASE. A grey seal pup and it's mother lie on the beach near the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Donna Nook nature reserve on Dec 5, 2016 in Louth, England. Seal numbers have continued to increase with over 1600 pups born at the reserve this year. Photo courtesy Dan Kitwood ... Read More

CHRISTMAS BEGINS EARLY IN LEBANON

CHRISTMAS BEGINS EARLY IN LEBANON. People gather under a Christmas tree, marking the beginning of Christmas season in Zgharta city, north Lebanon on Dec 5, 2016. Photo courtesy Gulfnews ... Read More

THAIS NATIONWIDE HONOUR LATE KING

THAIS NATIONWIDE HONOUR LATE KING. An estimated 50,000 people converged on the Bhumibol 1 Bridge in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec 5, 2016, to make merit to 999 Buddhist monks and observe 89 seconds of silence in honour of the 89th birth anniversary of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. King Bhumibol passed away in Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on 13 Oct 2016. Photo courtesy Bangkokpost ... Read More

KENYA'S DOCTORS, NURSES STRIKE

KENYA'S DOCTORS, NURSES STRIKE. Doctors protest at Afya House, Nairobi, Kenya on Dec 5, 2016. The doctors wearing white gowns and surgical caps want the Government to meet their pay demands in a July 2013 collective bargaining agreement. Photo courtesy Nation media group ... Read More

MINGALABAR FESTIVAL IN MYANMAR

MINGALABAR FESTIVAL IN MYANMAR. Residents look at an eight-metre-tall wicker puppet from the French cultural group LHomme Debout as it walks past colonial buildings during the Mingalabar Festival in central Yangon , Myanmar on Dec 4, 2016. The three-day-long festival, which is being held to celebrate 55 years of French-Myanmar relations, gathers local and international artists from street art... Read More

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ASIA
INDONESIA’S ACEH QUAKE - 52 CONFIRMED DEAD SO FAR

By Azeman Ariffin

JAKARTA, Indonesia Dec 7 (NNN-Bernama) -- Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) has confirmed that so far 52 people have been killed in theearthquake that hit the Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province this morning.
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MIDDLE EAST
JAPANESE TOURIST KILLED IN EGYPT CAR ACCIDENT

CAIRO, Egypt, Dec 7 (NNN-MENA) - A female Japanese tourist was killed, and three other people wounded, Tuesday, as their vehicle overturned on a highway in Upper Egypt's province of ...

AFRICA
EU PLEDGES 20 MLN USD SUPPORT TO REBUILD MARKETS, WAREHOUSES IN NIGERIA

ABUJA, Dec 7 (NNN-NAN) -- The European Union (EU) has pledged 20 million US dollars to support the Nigerian Federal Government'S programme to rebuild markets and warehouses in the North-East ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
CHILE LAUNCHES FIRST "GENDER PARITY INITIATIVE" - FIRST IN THE WORLD

SANTIAGO, Dec 7 (NNN-IDB) -- Pres Michelle Bachelet has launched Chile’s first Gender Parity Initiative. Promoted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), this ...

EUROPE
OPEC, NON-OPEC OIL MINISTERS TO MEET AGAIN THIS WEEKEND, SAYS MOSCOW

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (NNN-APS) -- Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producers will meet again at OPEC headquarters in Vienna this Saturday to ...

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