JOKOWI SWORN IN AS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT

JOKOWI SWORN IN AS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo take the oath of office when sworn in as the seventh Indonesian president at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia on Oct 20, 2014. Joko was the winner of Indonesia's presidential election in July. Popularly known as Jokowi, the 53-year- former Jakarta governor, is the first president not from the military and political ... Read More

VIETNAM: MISS COW BEAUTY CONTEST

VIETNAM: MISS COW BEAUTY CONTEST. A winning cow is crowned during the Miss Milk Cow annual beauty contest in Moc Chau plateau, 200km northwest of Hanoi, Vietnam on Oct 18, 2014. The beauty contest selects cows with a solid torso, high legs and which provide the most milk. This year, 126 cows out of 16,000 candidates have been chosen for the contest. For more than a decade the Miss Milk Cow beauty ... Read More

TIHAR, DIWALI CELEBRATION IN NEPAL

TIHAR, DIWALI CELEBRATION IN NEPAL. A vendor selling different colours waits for his customers at Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur, Nepal on Oct 19, 2014. Such colours are used during the festival Tihar. Tihar also known as Diwali in some region of Nepal. It is a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal. This year Diwali in Nepal falls on Oct 21 (Tues) until Oct 25 (Sat). Photo courtesy Ekant... Read More

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIA WINS GOLD, SILVER

ASIAN PARA GAMES: MALAYSIA WINS GOLD, SILVER. Malaysia ruled supreme in the women's T20 long jump of the Asian Para Games when Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, left and Siti Nooriasah Mohamad Ariffin, right swept the gold and silver at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in South Korea on Oct 19, 2014. Siti Noor Radiah, currently ranked number one in Asia, restored order by leaping to a distance of 5.10m to be... Read More

HOCKEY: INDIA BEAT BRITAIN 2-1 TO DEFEND SULTAN OF JOHOR CUP IN MALAYSIA

HOCKEY: INDIA BEAT BRITAIN 2-1 TO DEFEND SULTAN OF JOHOR CUP IN MALAYSIA. The Indian team celebrate after winning the Sultan of Johor Cup (Under-21 Hockey Championship) when they beat Britain 2-1 in Johor Baharu, Malaysia on Oct 19, 2014. India went on the offensive and were rewarded with the first goal when Harmanpreet Singh scored a penalty corner in the 45th minute. Photo courtesy Bernama Imag... Read More

CHINA: BEIJING MARATHON KICKS OFF IN HAZE

CHINA: BEIJING MARATHON KICKS OFF IN HAZE. A runner wears a gas mask as he takes part in the 34th Beijing International Marathon which began at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 19, 2014. Photo courtesy China daily ... Read More

MALAYSIAN WORLD NO 1 NICOL COMPLETES HAT-TRICK OF US OPEN SQUASHM

MALAYSIAN WORLD NO 1 NICOL COMPLETES HAT-TRICK OF US OPEN SQUASH.Malaysian world champion Nicol David celebrates and Egyptian El Sherbini commiserates after the Malaysia wins 3-0 at the ASB Glass Court in Drexel University, Philadelphia, United States on Oct 18, 2014. Nicol, the world number one who had clinched the title in 2012 and 2013, came up against some tough resistance from the 18-year old... Read More

MALAYSIA: INTERNATIONAL RUN FOR CAPAM

MALAYSIA: INTERNATIONAL RUN FOR CAPAM. Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia Dr Ali Hamsa, who is also the new president of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) shaking hands with runners from Kenya who finished first in the event in conjunction with the 2014 International Run for CAPAM in Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 19, 2014. Some 3... Read More

INDIA LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE

INDIA LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE. Indian Space Research Organisationís Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India on Oct 16, 2014. India plans to launch a total of seven navigational satellites. Photo courtesy PTI Photo ... Read More

SPORTS: VOLVO YACHT OCEAN RACE

SPORTS: VOLVO YACHT OCEAN RACE. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racingís Azzam chasing down the Dongfeng Race Team boat from China several miles from the Canary Islands during Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Oct 16, 2014 between Alicante, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of the ocean marathon series. Starting from Alicante in Spain on Oct 11, 2014, the route... Read More

MILLIONAIRES WHO SWEEP STREETS IN CHINA

MILLIONAIRES WHO SWEEP STREETS IN CHINA. Kang Mingxiu, 47, with stylish shoe cleans the street beside her car on Guiyang, Guizhou province, China on Oct 16, 2014. About 800 out of some 1,000 sanitation workers in Guiyang, Guizhou province, are "land-lost farmers" who have had their farmland expropriated. Most of them are far from poor, some even own several properties. About 200 of them go to wor... Read More

INDONESIA PREPARE FOR NEW PRESIDENT INAUGURATION

INDONESIA PREPARE FOR NEW PRESIDENT INAUGURATION. Indonesian soldiers take part in security preparations for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joko Widodo and vice president elect Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta, Indonesia. The inauguration ceremony is scheduled to be held on October 20, 2014. Bay ismoyo ... Read More

HONG KONG POLICE CLEAR MORE PROTEST SITES

HONG KONG POLICE CLEAR MORE PROTEST SITES. Police stand next to what is left of an encampment of pro-demoracy protesters in a clean up of the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct 17, 2014. There were no reports of resistance from any of the demonstrators, who are angry about China's restrictions on Hong Kong's leadership election in 2017. They have been on the streets for three weeks. Photo courte... Read More

MEXICO MISSING STUDENTS PROTEST

MEXICO MISSING STUDENTS PROTEST. Students take part in a protest in Mexico city, Mexico on Oct 16, 2014 in support of students who are missing from their college on 26 Sept. Police have linked the incident to a criminal gang which shot dead at least three students and abducted dozens of others during clashes in the city of Iguala. Forty-three of the students are still missing. Photo courtesy mexi... Read More

MALAYSIA, VENEZUELA AND ANGOLA WINS UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT

MALAYSIA, VENEZUELA AND ANGOLA WINS UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (right) at the UN General Assembly meeting. At his side is Hussein Haniff, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in United NationS HQ in New York on Oct 16, 2014. Malaysia won a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), taking 187 out of the total 192 votes. The res... Read More

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ASIA
INDONESIA'S NEW PRESIDENT URGES PEOPLE TO WORK HARD TO ATTAIN NATIONAL GOALS

JAKARTA, Indonesia Oct. 20 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Indonesia's President Joko Widodo called on people from any profession across the country on Monday to work hard together in attaining prosperity, welfare and dignity.

"I hereby ask you all components in the country to move together, demonstrating mutual ...

MIDDLE EAST
AFTER SEVERE WATER SHORTAGE, RAIN IS FINALLY BACK IN LEBANON

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct 20 (NNN-NNA) - Despite the "curse of water" inflicted upon the streets of Lebanon over the past week, the chairman of the Authority for Agricultural and Scientific Research, Michel Ephrem, assured that "the water situation is excellent, especially after the severe shortage which had been suffered ...

AFRICA
AU SETS UP TEAM TO PROBE ALLEGED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BY PEACEKEEPERS IN SOMALIA

By Raymond Baguma

KAMPALA, Oct 20 (NNN-NEW VISION) -- The African Union (AU) has established a team to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by Ugandan and Burundian troops serving under the AU Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM.

According to an AMISOM statement received here, the Chairperson ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
MEXICAN STUDENTS PLANNING 48-HOUR STRIKE OVER UNSOLVED CASE OF MISSING STUDENTS

MEXICO CITY, Oct 20 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) Mexican students from various colleges and universities are planning a 48-hour strike as part of a series of actions to demand that the authorities step up their investigations into the case of the 43 students who went missing from Iguala following a clash with ...

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