INDONESIA’S DIENG CULTURE FESTIVAL

INDONESIA’S DIENG CULTURE FESTIVAL. A Dieng's religious leader attends to the Larung ritual as part of Ruwatan Rambut Gimbal ceremony in Dieng, Java, Indonesia on Sept 1, 2014. The Dieng Culture Festival is an annual event presenting a variety of arts and culture culminating with a hair trimming ritual ceremony of children, known as the Ruwatan Rambut Gimbal. Photo courtesy Antara. ... Read More

JAPAN AND INDIA TO BOOST BILATERAL TIES

JAPAN AND INDIA TO BOOST BILATERAL TIES. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) tries to play a soprano recorder before school children at a music class during a visit at Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo Sept 1, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Modi agreed to strengthen bilateral security relations and set a target of doubling Japanese investment in India within five years. India's ... Read More

PAKISTANI POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS

PAKISTANI POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS. A policeman fires tear gas to disperse supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sept 1, 2014. Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in th... Read More

RUNNING TRACK BUILT ON SCHOOL ROOF IN CHINA

RUNNING TRACK BUILT ON SCHOOL ROOF IN CHINA. Students exercise on a track on the rooftop of a campus building, at a primary school in Tiantai county, Zhejiang province, China Sept 1, 2014. The school built this 200-metre track on top of a four-storey building due to insufficient space in the campus. According to local media, this design project has been submitted to compete in the 14th Internation... Read More

MEXICO: CONTAMINATED HONDO RIVER

MEXICO: CONTAMINATED HONDO RIVER. Workers from a company outsourced by Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex navigate the contaminated Hondo River as they work to remove premium gasoline from the water, caused by a pipeline spill near the town of Tierra Blanca, Mexico on Sept 1, 2014. According to Pemex, the Aug. 27 spill was caused by an illegal tap in the pipeline by criminals trying to steal f... Read More

AT LEAST 4 REMAIN TRAPPED IN NICARAGUAN MINE

AT LEAST 4 REMAIN TRAPPED IN NICARAGUAN MINE. Miners wait for their turn to help in rescue operations at El Comal gold and silver mine after a landslide trapped at least 26 miners inside, in Bonanza, Nicaragua on Aug. 29, 2014. Rescuers hoped for a miracle Monday Sept 1, 2014 as they cautiously dug through mud, rocks and clay in search of at least four men missing since late last week when a lands... Read More

MALAYSIA-MH17: REMAINS OF 7 MALAYSIANS, 2 DUTCH NATIONALS ACCORDED FULL RESPECT

MALAYSIA-MH17: REMAINS OF 7 MALAYSIANS, 2 DUTCH NATIONALS ACCORDED FULL RESPECT. Malaysian armed forces in ceremonial attire carry casket of remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 tragedy at KL International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia on Sept 2, 2014. A MAS aircraft brought back the remains of nine victims – seven Malaysian and two Dutch nationals – from Amsterdam, Netherlan... Read More

ECUADOR: TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO THROWS ASH AND STONES

ECUADOR: TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO THROWS ASH AND STONES. The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador on Sept 1, 2014. The volcano entered an eruptive phase in 1999 and continues to this day. Photo courtesy Dolores Ochoa ... Read More

ANNUAL ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF IN THAILAND

ANNUAL ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF IN THAILAND. Elephants on parade prior to the start of their annual polo event – the 2014 King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Samut Prakan province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Aug. 28, 2014. Elephants from across Thailand compete in the event, also a tourist attraction. It is organised by a charity aiming to provide working elephants with medical atte... Read More

NIGERIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL ELECTRONIC ID CARDS

NIGERIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL ELECTRONIC ID CARDS. L-R: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, minister of agriculture and natural resources, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, chairman, governing board of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Prince Uche Secondus, , during the launch of the national e-ID Card, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria on Aug 28, 2014. The president has formally launched... Read More

CHINA: CLOSING CEREMONY OF YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

CHINA: CLOSING CEREMONY OF YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES. Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, Aug 28, 2014. The games, which began two weeks ago and involved almost 4,000 athletes aged between 14 and 18 ended with the host-nation finishing as the most successful country with 38 golds. Photo courtesy Bernama I... Read More

MALAYSIA'S WORLD NO 1 CHONG WEI IN WORLD BADMINTON QUARTERS

MALAYSIA'S WORLD NO 1 CHONG WEI IN WORLD BADMINTON QUARTERS. World number one Malaysian Lee Chong Wei eased his way into the quarterfinals of the BWF Badminton World Championships men's singles competition by beating Scott Evans from Ireland in a round three match at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denamark on Aug 28, 2014. He beat Evans 21-11, 21-12 to set up a date with rising Chinese s... Read More

ERDOGAN OFFICIALLY SWORN IN AS TURKEY'S PRESIDENT

ERDOGAN OFFICIALLY SWORN IN AS TURKEY'S PRESIDENT. The new president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (second from left) shaking hands with former President Abdullah Gul at swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace Cankaya, Turkey on Aug 28, 2014. Erdogan has been officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country's first public vote for head of state on Aug. 10. Erdogan, who ... Read More

MALAYSIA: 57THINDEPENDENCE DAY REHEARSAL

MALAYSIA: 57THINDEPENDENCE DAY REHEARSAL. An acrobatic group perform during a rehearsal for the 57th Independence Day celebration at Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug 29,2014 The theme of this year's independence day celebrations is ‘Malaysia...Here Lies A Love'. Malaysia will celebrate its independence day on Aug 31, 2014. Photo courtesy Bernama Images ... Read More

MALAYSIAN DPM IN TURKEY

MALAYSIAN DPM IN TURKEY. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin talks with Ankara Deputy Governor Hayrettin Balcioglu (center) upon arrival at the Ankara International Airport in Turkey on Aug 28, 2014. Muhyiddin is on a one day visit to attend swearing-in of the new President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday. Also seen is Muhyiddin’s wife, Noorainee Abdul Rahman (right). Pho... Read More

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ASIA
NEPAL TEMPORARILY BANS DOMESTIC HELPERS FROM GOING TO GULF COUNTRIES

KATHMANDU, Sept 2 (NNN-Bernama) -- Nepal has temporarily stopped issuing work permits to women seeking to go abroad as domestic helpers in the Gulf countries.

The government has decided not to issue housemaid work permits and conveyed it to labour receiving countries in the Gulf region requesting them not ...

MIDDLE EAST
P.L.O. TO SEEK U.N. RESOLUTION FOR ISRAELI OCCUPATION END DATE

UNITED NATIONS, New York, Sept 3 (NNN-MA'AN) - The Palestinian leadership intends to seek a UN Security Council resolution, setting a three year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, a PLO official said.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the leadership of the PLO, acknowledged at ...

AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT SEEKS POSTPONEMENT OF CASE WITH NATIVE KING

PRETORIA, Sept 3 (NNN-SA NEWS) -- South Africa's Presidency has requested the postponement of the matter between King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the Abathembu dynasty, one of the country's native nations, and President Jacob Zuma.

King Dalindyebo had approached the Mthatha High Court in Eastern Cape Province in ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
STIMULI PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR FOUNDERING CHILEAN ECONOMY

SANTIAGO, Sept 2 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) -- President Michelle Bachelet presented on Monday a us$500 million emergency plan to try and rejuvenate Chile's slowing economy via investment promotion. She added that half of the anticipated funding will come from adjustments to the budget while the rest will ...

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