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Extra! Extra! New daily papers arrive as Myanmar lifts press monopoly

Privately owned daily newspapers hit Myanmar’s streets for the first time in decades on Monday under new freedoms that represent a revolution for a media shackled under military rule. Four Burmese-language titles — The Voice, The Golden Fresh Land, The Union and The Standard Time — made the transition from…

South Korean president vows ‘strong and immediate retaliation’ to North Korean ‘provocation’

South Korea’s new president on Monday promised a strong military response to any North Korean provocation after Pyongyang announced that the two countries were now in a state of war. President Park Geun-Hye’s warning came as North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament was set to hold its annual session and a day…

Survey: Sexual assaults discouraging women from visiting India

The number of foreign women tourists visiting India has dropped by 35 percent in the past three months following a spate of sex attacks that have made global headlines, a new survey has found. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says overall tourist arrivals are down…

Greenpeace sends ‘Polar bear’ floating past Kremlin to protest oil drilling

A Greenpeace activist in a polar bear suit floated along the Moscow River past the Kremlin on Monday morning before being briefly detained in a stunt by the environmental group to protest against energy exploration in Russia’s Arctic waters. The activist in a furry white suit stood on a white…

Vienna Opera director is hospitalized after collapsing during performance

Vienna Opera’s musical director Franz Welser-Moest collapsed while conducting a Wagner opera after suffering a severe attack of lumbago when he raised his baton, the prestigious opera house said on Monday. The 52-year-old slumped onto his conductor’s podium Sunday at the end of the first act of the 4.5-hour long…

Tech giant Panasonic ‘investigated’ for alleged bribes

The US government is investigating whether a unit of Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corporation paid bribes abroad to ease business deals, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Citing company documents, the paper said the probe is focused on Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC), a subsidiary based in Lake Forest, California…

Bitcoin Foundation pushes back on new federal ‘guidance’

Federal regulators are starting to make noise about Bitcoin, the digital currency that’s gained in recognition and value over the past few years. Unregulated by a central bank and distributed via a peer-to-peer network, Bitcoins currently trade for around $89 apiece, not bad for something that only…   [Stack of…

Bomb test secrecy stirs suspicions on North Korea’s advanced nuclear capabilities: Washington Post

North Korea likely took meticulous steps to conceal any residue from its February nuclear weapon test, fueling suspicions that it is using a new bomb design with highly enriched uranium at its core, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Citing unnamed US officials and weapons experts, the newspaper said the effects…

Egypt’s ‘Jon Stewart’ Bassem Youssef freed on bail

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was released on bail on Sunday after nearly five hours of questioning over alleged insults to the president and religion, highlighting concerns over freedom of expression in post-revolt Egypt. Youssef, whose weekly programme Albernameg (The Show) has pushed the boundaries of local television with its merciless…

New U.S. strategy could push North Korea over the edge

AFP – Soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula have seen dire North Korean threats met with an unusually assertive US response that analysts warn could take a familiar game into dangerous territory. By publicly highlighting its recent deployment of nuclear-capable B-52 and stealth bombers over South Korea, Washington has, at…

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