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B. 04-23 Indonesia executions: Foreign envoys summoned Nusakambangan, Indonesia
C. 04-20 South Korea PM Lee Wan-koo offers to resign over allegations South Korea
3. 04-19 Underwater earthquake east of Taiwan forces evacuations Yonaguni islands, Taiwan
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6. 04-16 Search area for MH370 will double if no trace found Malaysia
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J. 04-14 China's quarterly growth slows further to 7 percent Beijing

Recent Summary.     Click for More > Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew  The government announced that Lee, 91, 'passed away peacefully' early Monday at a Singapore hospital
  South Korea remembers ferry dead Map of Ansan South Korea


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  South Korea is marking the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, which left more than 300 people dead
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 A frail Lee was hospitalized in early February with severe pneumonia

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2015 Feb.3  
 Data from the black box flight recorders retrieved from the wreckage suggests the pilots shut down one engine after the other lost power
2015 Jan.20   AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast'  The AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia's transport minister has said 2015 Jan.18   Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass  Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds. That would be a record for a papal event
 Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan


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2014 Dec.30   AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane  Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight that went missing on Sunday 2014 Dec.27   Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea
 Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted
2014 Dec.6   Philippines typhoon makes landfall  Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says



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Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Hatoyama takes over as PM
N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
Death toll rises in massacre
Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
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2009 2009
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N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
2008
China kicks off Olympics Ceremony
Quake death toll 50,000
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2008 2008
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Chinese test missile obliterates satellite
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Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing
North Korea claims nuclear test
Java quake kills 6,000
Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing
Java quake kills 6,000
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China
North Korea claims nuclear test
North Korea tests long-range missile
Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing
Java quake kills 6,000
2005
Protests target Japan
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Brazil wins World Cup
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U.S. spy plane lands in China
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South Korea PM Lee Wan-koo offers to resign over allegations  Lee Wan-koo has offered to resign after facing accusations of accepting bribes. President has expressed sympathy for him   South Korea remembers ferry dead Map of Ansan South Korea


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  South Korea is marking the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, which left more than 300 people dead


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2015 Mar. 28   Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore holds for funeral procession  Singapore is bidding farewell to its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91. Despite rain, thousands are lining the streets 2015 Mar.22     Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew
  The government announced that Lee, 91, 'passed away peacefully' early Monday at a Singapore hospital
 A frail Lee was hospitalized in early February with severe pneumonia
2015 Mar.13       Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
Map of Vanuatu Melanesia
  The death toll from a category five tropical storm that has hit islands in the South Pacific could run into the dozens, the UN's relief agency says
2015 Mar.7   MH370: Malaysia committed to search, says PM  Najib Razak has said his country remains committed to finding flight MH370, on the first anniversary of its disappearance 2015 Mar.4     US ambassador to South Korea injured in slash attack Map of Sejong Center Seoul South Korea
  Mark W. Lippert was slashed by a man screaming about Korean unification Thursday morning in Seoul, and his assailant was immediately detained


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2015 Feb.3     35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river
Map of Keelung river Taipei Taiwan
  A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed. Ten people were injured. More than 50 people were onboard
 Data from the black box flight recorders retrieved from the wreckage suggests the pilots shut down one engine after the other lost power


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2015 Jan.24   Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video  Prime minister has condemned as 'outrageous and unacceptable' a video declaring the murder of hostage Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State 2015 Jan.20       AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast'
  The AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia's transport minister has said 2015 Jan.18       Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass
Map of Rizal Park Philippines  Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds. That would be a record for a papal event
 Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
2015 Jan.12   AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found  Divers in the Java Sea have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, say officials 2015 Jan.11   Divers retrieve 1 black box from crashed AirAsia jet  Divers have retrieved one of the black boxes, a major breakthrough in the slow-moving hunt 2015 Jan.7   Tail of crashed AirAsia plane found  Part of the tail of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found in the Java Sea, Indonesian searchers say. The tail houses the black boxes 2015 Jan.2   More bodies of AirAsia Flight 8501 victims found  The investigation into the crash has turned to the ocean floor, with more sonar equipment and metal detectors deployed to scour the seabed for wreckage

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2014 Dec.30   6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash  A massive hunt for the 162 victims of Flight 8501 resumed, with 6 bodies, including a flight attendant identified by her red uniform, recovered       AirAsia QZ8501: Officials say debris is missing plane
Map of Karimata Strait Indonesia  Indonesian officials have confirmed that bodies and debris found in the Java Sea off Borneo are from AirAsia flight that went missing on Sunday 2014 Dec.29   Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet spotted  Debris possibly linked to missing AirAsia jet has been spotted in the Java Sea, Indonesia Search and Rescue says 2014 Dec.27       Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing
Map of Java Sea Indonesia  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea
 Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted
2014 Dec.25   Tsunami-hit nations mark anniversary  A memorial has been held for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami - the first in a series of events marking a decade since the disaster 2014 Dec.7   Typhoon sweeps across Philippines  Hagupit is sweeping across the Philippines, toppling trees and power lines and threatening areas with heavy rain, flooding and mudslides 2014 Dec.6       Philippines typhoon makes landfall Map of Dolores Philippines  Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says 2014 Dec.5   China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang  Ex-security chief, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party

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2014 Nov.30   HK protesters clash with police at government HQ  Pro-democracy activists and police have clashed in Hong Kong, as thousands of people tried to surround government headquarters overnight 2014 Nov.16     Japan's economy falls into recession
  The economy contracted 1.6% at an annual pace in the quarter as spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase 2014 Nov.10   Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail  Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison
 The Sewol was carrying 476 people when it went down. More than 300 died, most of them students
2014 Nov.8   North Korea frees detained US men Miller and Bae  2 Americans who were being held in detention in N. Korea, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae, have been released and are on their way home

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2014 Oct.17   At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea  A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters 2014 Oct.13   North Korea says leader has reappeared  State media has attempted to end the international speculation by publishing the first photos of Kim Jong Un in more than a month 2014 Oct.12     Hong Kong police remove barricades  Police in Hong Kong have begun removing some of the barricades erected on major roads by pro-democracy protesters 2014 Oct.9   Kim Jong-unís absence fuels speculation about health, coup  North Korea's mysterious leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for 34 days, sparking a wide range of speculation 2014 Oct.1     Protesters target office of Hong Kong's chief executive   Activists took their fight to the doorstep of Hong Kong's chief executive, sitting down outside his office gates to express their dissatisfaction with him

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2014 Sep.28     Tear gas and clashes at HK protest   Police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters near the government complex, after a week of tensions 2014 Sep.27       Japan volcano: 30 hikers feared dead on Mt Ontake   Rescuers have found 30 hikers in critical condition, feared dead, near the peak of Mount Ontake, after Saturday's sudden volcanic eruption 2014 Sep.26     HK students scuffle with police in chaotic protest  Scores of young pro-democracy activist faced off with riot police after a night of scuffles and arrests over Beijing's refusal to allow reforms
 150 students late Friday night forced their way into government headquarters, some scaling a tall fence. Police responded with pepper spray


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2014 Aug.19   8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima  Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides 2014 Aug.13   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye 2014 Aug.6   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity
 Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and Khieu Samphan was the Maoist regime's head of state
2014 Aug.3   Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China  The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400
 About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian
2014 Aug.1   China factory blast kills at least 65   At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors

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2014 Jul.23     Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash   Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's twin-engine turboprop plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands
 10 people were injured in the plane crash and five residents on the ground were also hurt


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2014 May.19   Thailand army declares martial law  The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis 'to preserve law and order'. The army granted itself wide-ranging powers
 Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stations, and blocked off roads in the capital
2014 May.13   Protest in Vietnam over China rig  Several factories have been set on fire amid anti-China protests at an industrial park, amid tensions over the South China Sea

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2014 Apr.18   Ferry disaster captain arrested  Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank 2014 Apr.16   S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues  Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank
 179 people have been rescued
2014 Apr.15       South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks   Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow


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2014 Mar.30   North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border  South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border after North shells from a live fire drill fell into the water south of the frontier 2014 Mar.25   China families vent missing plane fury  Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese capital 2014 Mar.24   Flight MH370 'crashed in south Indian Ocean' - Malaysia PM  Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight. A text message sent to families by the airline
 a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the plane was lost and there were no survivors. There were 227 passengers on flight MH370, many of them Chinese. Relatives of those on board who watched the announcement at a Beijing hotel wept with grief, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical teams
2014 Mar.22   China has new images showing object in southern Indian Ocean  China announced that it has satellite images of a large object floating in the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane 2014 Mar.15   Malaysian jet probe sharpens focus on passengers, crew  Investigators are concluding that the Boeing 777 had its communications deliberately disabled and was airborne for hours after it vanished 2014 Mar.13       Search for missing jet heads west  Malaysian authorities expanded their hunt for a vanished airliner to the Indian Ocean, where a U.S. destroyer was expected to arrive soon
 U.S. believes the plane's data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately. That would indicate the plane did not disappear due to some kind of catastrophic failure
2014 Mar.8   'Oil slick seen' in missing jet hunt  A multinational team is searching the sea off south Vietnam, in the hope of finding a Malaysia Airlines flight that has been missing for 24 hours 2014 Mar.7       Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people   Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH370 with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
 A Boeing 777-200ER had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft had last been heard from less than an hour after takeoff. The aircraft carried 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations


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2014 Feb.19   Two Koreas hold family reunions  More than 100 South Koreans have arrived in North Korea for reunions with their relatives - the first such events since 2010 2014 Feb.14   Java volcano sends thousands fleeing  Tens of thousands have fled their homes. 3 people have been killed after their home collapsed from the weight of volcanic ash 2014 Feb.2   Protests disrupt Thailand election  Protests have disrupted general election, halting voting in Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated normally

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2014 Jan.12   Protesters begin Bangkok 'shutdown'  Protesters have begun blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on February 2
 The protesters have built barricades and occupied road junctions, and want to replace the government with a 'People's Council'
2014 Jan.8   Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim  US basketball star Dennis Rodman has sung Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a crowd of thousands in the capital

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2013 Dec.12     North Korea: Leader's uncle executed   Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been executed for trying to overthrow the government

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2013 Nov.24   Demonstrators fill Bangkok streets  Crowds opposed to the administration of Prime Minister Shinawatra are on the streets for a second day, amid tensions between rival political camps 2013 Nov.22     China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea   China has demarcated an 'air-defence identification zone' over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan
 PRC set up the 'East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone' which includes the Senkaku Islands, and announced that it would require all aircraft entering the zone to file a flight plan and submit radio frequency or transponder information. The Senkaku Islands dispute concerns a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islands known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, the Diaoyu in China, and Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan. The islands are included within the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan
2013 Nov.9       Hundreds feared dead in typhoon   Hundreds of people are feared dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan swept through on Friday
 The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless


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2013 Oct.16   More than 100 dead after earthquake hits the Philippines  The death toll from 7.1 earthquake rose to 144. The quake injured 291 people and rattled many celebrating a religious holiday.

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2013 Sep.21   Bo Xilai found guilty of corruption  A Chinese court has found disgraced former party chief of Chongqing guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power 2013 Sep.1   Fukushima radiation levels '18 times higher' than thought  Radiation levels around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned

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2013 Jun.10   US spy leaker 'defending liberty'  Edward Snowden, ex-CIA employee has said he acted to 'protect basic liberties for people around the world' in leaking details of US surveillance
 Edward Snowden, 29, was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the Guardian newspaper. Snowden, who has fled to Hong Kong, said he had an 'obligation to help free people from oppression'


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2013 Apr.20   Earthquake has killed more than 150 people  A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake has killed more than 150 people and injured several thousand in China's rural south west 2013 Apr.9   North Korea: It will be 'all-out war'  The top U.S. commander in the Pacific called North Korean violations of Security Council resolutions 'a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security'
 UN chief Ban Ki-moon warns the Korean crisis may become 'uncontrollable'


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2013 Mar.29   N Korea in 'state of war' with South  North Korea has said it is entering a 'state of war' with South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its southern neighbour and the US

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2013 Feb.11   North Korea confirms nuclear test  Pyongyang said the underground test involved a 'miniaturised' nuclear device and was carried out in a 'safe and perfect manner'

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2012 Dec.28   Woman gang-raped in India dies  A 23-year-old Indian woman, whose gang-rape aboard a bus in New Delhi spawned days of mass protests across India, has died
 The woman had been in 'extremely critical condition' since being admitted Thursday to the Singapore hospital
2012 Dec.11   North Korea carries out controversial rocket launch  North Korea surprised and angered the international community by launching a long-range rocket just days after suggesting it would be delayed
 The regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and claimed the satellite it was carrying had entered its intended orbit
2012 Dec.5   Philippine storm toll passes 300  Hundreds more are missing in the wake of Typhoon Bopha, which cut a swathe of devastation across the southern Philippines
 People were killed in eight provinces but eastern Mindanao was worst-hit


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2012 Nov.14   Xi heads new Chinese leadership  Xi Jinping has been confirmed as the man chosen to lead China for the next decade as his elevation to the top of China's ruling Communist Party
 He led the new Politburo Standing Committee out onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi replaces Hu Jintao. He was followed by Li Keqiang, the man set to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao. The size of the Standing Committee had been reduced from 9 to 7


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2012 Sep.13   Chinese ships patrol disputed islands  Six Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered waters around a group of islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing

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2012 Aug.19   Bo Xilai's wife convicted of murder  A court suspended the death sentence of Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced party leader, after finding her guilty of murder in the death of a British businessman
 The sentence is likely be commuted to life imprisonment, if she doesn't commit any crimes during the two-year reprieve


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2012 Apr.27   China dissident 'in US embassy'  Chen Guangcheng is in the US embassy in Beijing following his dramatic escape from house arrest, fellow activist Hu Jia has told the BBC
 Chen - who is blind - had scaled a high wall and was driven hundreds of kilometres to Beijing
2012 Apr.12   North Korea launches rocket  Defying warnings from the international community, a long-range rocket launched, but it broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere
 It flew about a minute into the ocean. North Korean state media announced that the rocket had not managed to put an observation satellite into orbit


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2012 Feb.2   More than 200 rescued after ferry sinks  The Australian authorities have been helping Papua New Guinea with rescue efforts after the ship, the MV Rabaul Queen, sank off Cape Fortification

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2011 Dec.29   N Korea hails Kim's son as leader  North Korea has hailed late leader Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jong-un, as 'supreme leader of the party, state and army' 2011 Dec.28   Kim Jong-il state funeral held in N. Korea  North Korea has begun two days of funeral services for late leader Kim Jong-il with a huge procession in the capital, Pyongyang
 Thousands of soldiers bowed their heads as a giant portrait of Kim was carried slowly through the streets. His successor Kim Jong-un, walked beside the hearse. Kim Jong-il has been lying in state for the past 10 days
2011 Dec.18   N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies  North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television in an emotional statement has announced
 The announcer, wearing black, said he had died of physical and mental over-work. He has been the dictator of the communist country since the death of his father Kim Il-sung in 1994. Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months. His designated successor is believed to be his son, Kim Jong-woon
2011 Dec.17   Philippines storm kills hundreds  A tropical storm has killed at least 430 people in the Philippines, with flash floods leaving many others missing. Tens of thousands of people have fled
 Many villagers on the coast of Mindanao were swept into the sea after Tropical Storm Washi brought heavy rain. Victims asleep as the floods swept into their homes. Tens of thousands have fled to higher ground


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2011 Oct.20   Thai flooding threatens capital  Thais waded through flooded streets, their belongings and children perched on their shoulders
 Officials ordered floodgates opened to relieve pressure on dams and levees as enormous amounts of water flowed towards the sea in Thailand's worst flood in half a century. Government workers fought to contain flooding inching towards the capital


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2011 Jul.27   Landslide leaves 32 dead, dozens injured  More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight 2011 Jul.23   Bullet train derails, cars fall off bridge  At least two cars of a high-speed bullet train fell off a bridge late Saturday after a derailment in eastern Zhejiang province
 At least 32 people have died and more than 100 are hurt


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2011 Apr.12   Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level  Japanese authorities 'provisionally' declared the country's nuclear accident a level-7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters
 The amount of radioactive iodine released by the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant was at least 15 times the volume needed to reach the top of the International Nuclear Event Scale
2011 Apr.5   Water radiation millions of times over limit  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting
 Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material not setting as hoped. The company had injected a silica-based polymer, 'liquid glass' to reduce the leak


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2011 Mar.28   Radioactive water found outside plant  Water found in a tunnel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has alarmingly high radiation readings 2011 Mar.14   Meltdown alert at Japan reactor  Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days. 2011 Mar.11   Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands


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2010 Nov.22   Artillery fire on Korea border  North Korea has fired artillery shells across its western maritime border, prompting return fire from South Korea
 Artillery shells at one of border islands are killing two marines and two civilians. The South's military placed on its highest non-wartime alert. North accused the South of firing first. The Southern military had conducted exercises; shelling was directed away from the North
  350 die in stampede at festival  A stampede that occurred in capital city during the Water Festival has killed 339 people. Another 329 people were injured in the crush
 Huge crowds had gathered on a small island for the final day of the one of the main events of the year in Cambodia; a bridge become overcrowded. The swaying of the bridge near Phnom Penh, triggered a panic. Some people were crushed on the bridge, while others fell into the river and drowned


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2010 Oct.26   Thousands flee Indonesia volcano  The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted at least three times, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee. 15 people were killed
 Some journalists, who were staying in a guesthouse to get close to the volcano, get killed
  112 dead, 500 missing after quake  Relief organizations struggled to reach those in need, one day after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra, triggering a tsunami
 The missing may include people who are unaccounted for after fleeing to higher ground. Some witnesses reported seeing a wave 6 meters high


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2010 Sep.20   China, Japan relations sour over captain  A Japanese court has extended the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain, as diplomatic tensions between the two countries rise

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2010 Mar.26   South Korean navy ship sinking near North  104 crew members are on board the 1,500-ton ship in the Yellow Sea off the Seoul-controlled island of Baengnyeong, near North Korea
 About 40 sailors are missing. The patrol vessel, with 104 people aboard, sank after an explosion tore through its hull


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2010 Feb.8   Toyota recalls thousands of Prius cars  Toyota has recalled about 200,000 of hybrid Prius cars sold in Japan last year due to a brake problem
 This latest recall will include the Toyota Prius and Sai, along with the Lexus HS250h


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2009 Nov.24   Death toll rises in massacre  Bodies lie scattered in a rural field, some unearthed from a shallow grave hastily dug by the gunmen who seized the group of men and women
 Search teams had found a total of 46 bodies, and it was still unclear if there were more victims


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2009 Sep.30   Indonesia quake death kills thousands  Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages
 Buildings, including at least two hospitals, were brought down by the 7.6 magnitude quake
2009 Sep.15   Hatoyama takes over as PM  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule


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2009 May.25   N. Korea conducted second nuclear test  North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test at an underground facility near Kilchu
 South Koreaís cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after it detected an artificial earthquake in North Korea. Later North Koreaís Central News Agency confirmed that the nation conducted its second underground nuclear test


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2009 Jan.11   Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing  21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena

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2008 Sep.17   3 babies dead, 6,200 ill from milk formula  Drinking formula tainted with the same chemical involved in a massive pet food recall last year by Mengniu Dairy Group
 1,300 infants are hospitalized with illnesses including malnutrition, kidney stones and acute renal failure


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2008 Aug.8   China kicks off Olympics Ceremony  China opened the 29th Olympic Games with stunning fireworks as the Asian nation kicked off the biggest and most scrutinized Games in history

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2008 May.12   Quake death toll 50,000  80 percent of the buildings collapsed in the Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County after the 7.8-magnitude quake
 Several hundred students are also feared to be buried in collapsed school buildings. 'Five million' homeless in quake. A frightened schoolgirl was pulled safely from the rubble of a school dormitory. More than 4.3 million homes collapsed or sustained damage


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2007 Jan.18   Chinese test missile obliterates satellite  U.S. official: The missile destroyed an orbiting satellite in a test that could undermine relations with the West
 In Beijing a Foreign Ministry spokesman said he was unaware of such a test. Britain, Japan, Australia joined the United States in voicing concern about the rising militarization of space


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2006 Dec.29   Ship 'sinks in storm'. 600 missing  A ferry carrying around 850 passengers was travelling from Semarang in Central Java to the port of Kumai in Kalimantan
 Storms and high winds were hampering the rescue effort. The boat sunk about 40 km off Mandalika island. Only 66 people recovered


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2006 Oct.9   North Korea claims nuclear test  Official Korean Central News Agency: North Korea claimed it has performed a successful nuclear test
 South Korean officials confirmed that North Korea performed its first nuclear test. The apparent test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. in Hwaderi near Kilju city. China was given a 20-minute warning and in turn told the U.S., Japan and S. Korea. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.2-magnitude quake in North Korea at 10:35 a.m., 385 kilometers northeast of the capital, Pyongyang


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2006 Jul.4   North Korea tests long-range missile  North Korea also fired 5 shorter-range rockets. The closely watched long-range test failed within a minute
 The tests lasted about 5 hours. The Taepodong-2 failed after about 40 seconds. The short-range missiles all landed in the Sea of Japan. U.N. Security Council is planning to meet to discuss N. Korea's actions


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2006 May.27   Java quake kills 6,000  20,000 people have been hurt and 200,000 left homeless. The quake hit at 0554 local time
 The quake, measuring 6.3, is hitting a densely-populated area on the southern coast. People fled as their homes collapsed around them. Electricity and communications across the city of Yogyakarta were also down. The airport was closed. The runway had cracked. Rain compounds quake misery


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2005 Apr.9   Protests target Japan  Japan's ambassador called on the Chinese government to take measures to protect Japanese citizens in China

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2004 Dec.26   9.0 Quake leaves 212,000 dead  People across Asia are flocking to morgues seeking lost loved ones after tsunamis swept across the Indian Ocean
 A great undersea earthquake occurred at an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra. The earthquake triggered tsunamis along the coasts of landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing large people and inundating coastal communities. The tsunami devastated the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand with waves up to 30 m and caused serious damage and deaths as far as the east coast of Africa


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2003 Jul.8   Twins dead after separation  2 conjoined Iranian women underwent 50 hours of continuous surgery

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2003 Mar.13   First alert over SARS  Virulent flu and pneumonia has swept through hospitals in Hong Kong and Vietnam
 Health officials have issued a global warning about the flu and pneumonia. The precise origin of the infection is unknown


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2003 Feb.17   182 died after arson attack in subway  135 people are believed to be injured as firefighters struggled to free those still trapped in the city of Daegu

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2002 Oct.12   183 people dead after bomb blasts  250 people are injured, many with severe burns after a series of nearly-simultaneous blasts on the tourist island
 An explosion occurred at a nightclub. As people streamed out, larger blast tore through the Sari Club. U.S. and regional intelligence officials linked the bombings to the al Qaeda. Many of the dead and wounded were Australians. Bush offered U.S. assistance to the Indonesian government


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2002 Jun.30   Brazil wins World Cup  Brazil 2-0 Germany. Ronaldo scored both goals and gets Golden Boot award

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2001 Apr.1   U.S. spy plane lands in China  Navy reconnaissance plane made an emergency landing. It collided with a Chinese fighter jet
 The electronic surveillance aircraft EP-3 Aries landed on the island of Hainan. Chinese F-8 sent to intercept the aircraft had bumped the EP-3 in the process. U.S. plane was over international waters when the incident occurred. The plane was equipped with highly sensitive equipment that could monitor communications and air movements