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  • Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits NZ

    06 Jan 2015 : New Zealand scientists warned South Island residents to expect a swarm of aftershocks following a strong early morning six-magnitude earthquake Tuesday that caused no reported damage or injury.

  • US oil prices slip below $50 a barrel

    06 Jan 2015 : US oil prices Monday slipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than five years as the surging dollar and news of additional supplies extended a six-month rout.

  • Advice for tourists to Bhutan

    05 Jan 2015 : The Foreign Affairs Ministry has offered advice to travellers to Bhutan following the death of a Thai tourist who fell off a cliff during a monastery visit.

  • Brent oil at 5 1/2 years' low

    05 Jan 2015 : LONDON — Brent crude oil fell below $55 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 as record supplies from Iraq and Russia bolstered speculation the global glut that drove crude into a bear market will persist.

  • Jakarta cracks down on air sector

    05 Jan 2015 : PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA — Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures on Monday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.

  • Monsoon bringing fresh risk for palm

    05 Jan 2015 : KUALA LUMPUR — A monsoon surge that brought the worst floods in decades to Malaysia, hurting palm oil output in the second-largest grower, is forecast to move south this week, risking further inundations in Johor and Sarawak. Prices fell.

  • Myanmar Catholics welcome cardinal

    05 Jan 2015 : YANGON — Church colleagues on Monday welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar's first Roman Catholic cardinal.

  • Stranded climber rescued from gulch

    05 Jan 2015 : PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — A man stranded in a mountain ravine was rescued on Monday following an eight-hour effort by police and rescue workers.

  • Najib catches E. coli after flood visits

    05 Jan 2015 : KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was diagnosed with an E. coli infection after his visit to flood-hit areas in the country, his office said Monday.

  • 'Smart pot' watches over house plants

    05 Jan 2015 : LAS VEGAS - Parrot is ramping up its Flower Power with a pot that not only detects whether plants have enough light and fertilizer, but waters them as needed.

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