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

ASIAN WINTER GAMES: TAKAGI WINS WOMEN'S 3,000 METERS SPEED SKATING

ASIAN WINTER GAMES: TAKAGI WINS WOMEN'S 3,000 METERS SPEED SKATING. Miho Takagi of Japan competes in the women's 3,000 meters speed skating at the Asian Winter Games in the northern Japan city of Obihiro on Feb 20, 2017. Takagi won the event in an Asian record time of 4:05.75. Photo courtesy Kyodo ... Read More

MALAYSIA: INVESTIGAION ON DEATH OF KIM JONG-NAM

MALAYSIA: INVESTIGAION ON DEATH OF KIM JONG-NAM. Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol (middle) speaking at a press conference outside the embassy and seeking for a joint investigation with Malaysia into the murder of Kim Jong-nam, estranged half-brother of DPRK leader, Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Feb 20, 2017. Kim died on Feb 13, 2017, after sudden... Read More

FAMINE HITS PARTS OF SOUTH SUDAN

FAMINE HITS PARTS OF SOUTH SUDAN. A boy moves away as a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter lands in Rubkuai village, Unity State, northern South Sudan on Feb 20, 2017. A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the UN report that about 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a mi... Read More

MALAYSIA: RAFFLESIA CANTLEYI BLOOMS YEAR ROUND

MALAYSIA: RAFFLESIA CANTLEYI BLOOMS YEAR ROUND. The Rafflesia Cantleyi is seen blooming at the Gerik Permanent Reserve Forest in Kampung Bongor about 160 kilometre in Ipoh, Malaysia on Feb 19, 2017. The flower is among the hidden treasures of nature of Malaysia. Unlike in some other places, the Rafflesia or known locally as Padma in Kampung Bongor blooms all year round regardless of the seaso... Read More

MASLENITSA CELEBRATIONS IN BELARUS

MASLENITSA CELEBRATIONS IN BELARUS. Servicemen of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special forces unit perform during Maslenitsa celebrations, a holiday marking the end of winter celebrated with pancake eating and shows of strength, at their base in Minsk, Belarus on Feb 19, 2017. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

ASIAN GAMES: LARGEST ASIAN WINTER GAMES OPEN IN JAPAN

ASIAN GAMES: LARGEST ASIAN WINTER GAMES OPEN IN JAPAN. The opening ceremony for the eighth and largest ever Asian Winter Games is held at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Hokkaido in northern Japan, on Feb 19, 2017. The eighth and largest Asian Winter Games got underway Sunday with a declaration from Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito during the opening ceremony for the event contested by 32 nations and ... Read More

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ASIA
THAI GOVT OPTS TO DELAY COAL POWER PLANT PROJECT IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE

BANGKOK, Thailand Feb 22 (NNN-Bernama) -- Thai government Tuesday decided to delay a controversial coal power plant project in southern province of Krabi, according to the government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Kaewkamnerd said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's cabinet decided to have ...

MIDDLE EAST
JORDAN KING, EGYPT SISI HOLD SUMMIT TALKS

CAIRO, Egypt, Feb 22 (NNN-PETRA) - King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, held a summit meeting in Cairo on prospects for boosting Jordanian-Egyptian ties and ...

AFRICA
MILLIONS OF REFUGEES IN AFRICA FACE HUNGER, UN WARNS

CAPE TOWN, Feb 22 (NNN-SABC) -- Across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance, the United Nations warns.

Refugee operations in 10 African countries ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
PERU: MINING INVESTMENT MAY REACH US$14 BILLION IN NEXT FIVE YEARS

LIMA, Feb 22 (NNN-ANDINA) -- Peru's Government expects to register mining investments worth US$14 billion over the next five years, Mines Deputy Minister Ricardo Labo informed. Said amount will ...

EUROPE
AUSTRIA DEPORTS OVER 10,000 ASYLUM SEEKERS IN 2016

VIENNA, Feb 22 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Austria deported 10,677 migrants whose asylum applications were denied in 2016 in line with the interior ministry's plans to enforce the process more strictly, ...

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