COLD FRONT BRINGS SNOWFALL TO NORTH CHINA

COLD FRONT BRINGS SNOWFALL TO NORTH CHINA. Chinese workers shovel the steps after a snowfall on the Great Wall in Mutianyu on Feb 22, 2017 outside Beijing, China. A cold front brought snowfall to many parts of north China. Photo courtesy Kevin Frayer ... Read More

FIRES BURN IN CHILE DESTROYING HOMES AND FORCING EVACUATIONS

FIRES BURN IN CHILE DESTROYING HOMES AND FORCING EVACUATIONS. Firefighters battle a fire in the early morning in the Maule region near Parral, Chile on Feb 22, 2017. The fire has consumed over 3,500 hectares, destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of over 3,000 people according to official sources. Photo courtesy Benjamin Hernandez ... Read More

JAPANESE MEN HOLD COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE BALDNESS

JAPANESE MEN HOLD COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE BALDNESS. Members of the Bald Men Club take part in a unique game of tug-of-war by attaching suction pads onto their heads, at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta town, Aomori prefecture, Japan on Feb 22, 2017. The club, which has attracted roughly 65 members from all over the country since its founding in 1989, encourages people to "view baldness in a... Read More

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER SEVEN EARTH-SIZED PLANETS

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER SEVEN EARTH-SIZED PLANETS. This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system US space agency NASA said on Feb 22, 2017. Photo courtesy NASA ... Read More

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA DEMAND END TO XENOPHOBIA

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA DEMAND END TO XENOPHOBIA. A protesters carried placards saying "were are all Africans" and others chanted slogans denouncing the attacks during anti-xenophobia protest outside the South African embassy in the capital, Abuja, Nigeria on Feb 22, 2017. Dozens of Nigerians have staged an anti-xenophobia protest outside the South African embassy in the capital, Abuja.... Read More

MALAYSIA: WORLD KITE FESTIVAL

MALAYSIA: WORLD KITE FESTIVAL. Giant kites during world kite festival 2017 in Johor Baharu, Malaysia on Feb 21, 2017. The festival is an annual event held at Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang, Johor and gathers 230 international kite flyers from 40 countries. The event is until Feb 28 2017. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY IN BANGLADESH

MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY IN BANGLADESH. A model of the Central Shaheed Minar stands amid a flower display to commemorate International Mother Language Day at the Central Shaheed Minar or Martyr’s Monument, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Feb 21, 2017. International Mother Language Day is observed in commemoration of the movement where a number of students died in 1952, defending the recognition of Bang... Read More

MALAYSIA: INVESTIGAION ON DEATH OF NORTH KOREAN KIM JONG-NAM

MALAYSIA: INVESTIGAION ON DEATH OF NORTH KOREAN KIM JONG-NAM. Director General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference on the forensic report on the death of Kim Jong-Nam, estranged half-brother of DPRK leader, Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Feb 21, 2017. The full report on the post-mortem conducted on the remains of Kim Jong-nam will be available af... Read More

JAPAN ZOO CULLS MONKEYS CARRYING INVASIVE GENES

JAPAN ZOO CULLS MONKEYS CARRYING INVASIVE GENES. Japanese Macaque snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo east of Tokyo culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an 'invasive alien species', officials said on Feb 21, 2017. The non-indigenous rhesus macaque is banned under Japanese law. A local official... Read More

BOLIVIAN COCA FARMERS PROTEST

BOLIVIAN COCA FARMERS PROTEST. Coca leaf farmers demonstrate in a street in La Paz, Bolivia on Feb 21, 2017. The farmers protested the second straight day in against the Morales government bill to limit legal areas of cultivation. Photo courtesy ABI ... Read More

SUICIDE BOMBING IN PAKISTAN

SUICIDE BOMBING IN PAKISTAN. A Pakistani soldier stands guard as a shopkeeper examines damage at the site of a court complex after multiple Taliban suicide bomb attacks in the Tangi area of Charsadda district on Feb 21, 2017. Five people were killed when the bombers attacked a court complex on February 21, officials said, in the latest of a series of assaults which have raised fears militant... Read More

BODIES OF MORE THAN 70 MIGRANTS WASH UP ON LIBYA COAST LIBYAN

BODIES OF MORE THAN 70 MIGRANTS WASH UP ON LIBYA COAST LIBYAN. Red Crescent volunteers seen recovering the bodies of 74 migrants that washed ashore near Zawiyah on Libya’s northern coast, Feb 20, 2017. The Libyan Red Crescent said the bodies had washed ashore near the city of Zawiyah, which is a hub for smugglers launching boats towards Europe. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETING

ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay speaks at a news conference in the central Philippine resort Boracay Island on Feb 21, 2017, after chairing a one-day meeting of foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Photo courtesy Kyodo ... Read More

WASHING RITUAL HELD AHEAD OF CARNIVAL AT RIO'S SAMBODROME

WASHING RITUAL HELD AHEAD OF CARNIVAL AT RIO'S SAMBODROME. *Young revellers dance during a pre-Carnival washing ritual called Lavagem at the Sambodrome on Feb 20, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ceremony is meant to deliver positive spirit and luck during Carnival celebrations. Carnival begins Feb 24 amidst a deep recession following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

HAITI CARNIVAL PARADE

HAITI CARNIVAL PARADE. Haitians dressed in costumes dance during the Haitian National Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti on Feb 20, 2017. Locals and foreigners gathered to enjoy the colorful carnival in which parades are full of art, music and dance. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

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ASIA
MALAYSIA: NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR RUDE MINISTER HISHAMMUDDIN

PORT KLANG, Malaysia Feb 23 (NNN-Bernama) -- North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol was rude in his comments on the murder of Kim Jong-nam, elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said Kang ...

MIDDLE EAST
QATAR MINISTER OF ENERGY & INDUSTRY AWARDED INTERNATIONAL OIL DIPLOMACY MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

LONDON, Feb 23 (NNN-QNA) - Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, was presented with the "International Oil Diplomacy Man of the Year 2016 Award" at ...

AFRICA
KENYAN FARMERS EXPECTING BUMBER MAIZE CROP WITH NEW VARIETY

NAIROBI, Feb 23 (NNN-KBC) -- Farmers in Makueni County in southern Kenya are expecting a bumper harvest from a new variety of maize developed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
TRUMP'S PHONE CALL TO TRINIDAD PRIME MINISTER ROWLEY COST US$450,000

By Dennis Adonis PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 23 (NNN-CARIBBEAN NEWS) -- With Caribbean leaders counting on a direct connection to US President Donald Trump to boost their domestic and ...

EUROPE
IMF CALLS FOR MORE ECONOMIC REFORMS IN GREECE

BERLIN, Feb 23 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Greece needs to make further reforms to its income tax and pension systems, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday, ruling out ...

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