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  • China sacks 1st diplomat over graft

    02 Jan 2015 : BEIJING - A Chinese assistant foreign minister has been dismissed from his post and placed under investigation, Beijing said Friday, amid a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign.

  • Lantern causes flight cancellation

    02 Jan 2015 : A hot-air lantern sucked into the engine of Bangkok Airways jet at Chiang Mai airport forced authorities to cancel the New Year’s flight.

  • Afghan soldiers to blame for deadly wedding bombing: officials

    02 Jan 2015 : Afghan soldiers were responsible for firing mortars at a wedding party that killed 17 women and children, officials said Friday, in a mistaken strike that overshadowed the transfer of nationwide security from NATO forces.

  • Afghanistan faces economic timebomb as NATO war ends

    02 Jan 2015 : KABUL - The Taliban insurgency may still be raging but the poor state of the economy could pose a bigger threat to Afghanistan's long-term viability, and huge mineral reserves are unlikely to offer a quick fix.

  • Shark sighting closes Australia's Bondi Beach

    02 Jan 2015 : SYDNEY - Hundreds of swimmers were ordered out of the water and Sydney's Bondi Beach was briefly closed Friday after a shark was spotted, with lifeguards patrolling the sea until the animal swam away.

  • Taxis get 93.4% of New Year gripes

    02 Jan 2015 : More than 93% of the 211 complaints filed on New Year’s Day about poor public-transport services were aimed at taxis.

  • NY road toll: 190 killed, 1,782 injured

    02 Jan 2015 : Sixty people were killed and 625 injured in road accidents nationwide on Jan 1, bringing the total number of casualties during the first three of seven “dangerous days” to 190 dead and 1,782 hurt, according to the centre for prevention and reduction of road accidents.

  • Yangon stunned by flag prank

    02 Jan 2015 : The Yangon Division Justice Department has filed a report with police requesting them to investigate and take action against whoever hoisted the State of Burma flag on top of the Divisional High Court building in Yangon city centre on New Year’s Day.

  • Injuries hamper New Zealand, Sri Lanka ahead of Test

    02 Jan 2015 : Concerns Friday over injuries to Tim Southee and Rangana Herath disrupted preparations for New Zealand and Sri Lanka on the eve of the second Test in Wellington.

  • Jedinak says Australia can win Asian Cup

    02 Jan 2015 : MELBOURNE - Despite a run of poor results, Australian captain Mile Jedinak said Friday that the Socceroos have what it takes to lift the 2015 Asian World Cup held on home soil next month.

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