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Chinese Internet users hit 564 million in 2012

China’s population of Internet users grew by 50.9 million people in 2012 to 564 million, official data showed Tuesday, with mobile devices the main means of online access. The China Internet Network Information Center announced the figures on its website. The total population numbers 1.3 billion people. The centre last…

Japanese scientists breed salmon with surrogates from another species

Japanese scientists have successfully bred a type of salmon using surrogate parents of a different species, in a breakthrough that could help preserve endangered creatures, the chief researcher said Tuesday. Researchers froze the testes of the yamame salmon, a fish indigenous to Japan that lives its entire life in rivers,…

Iran hopes for UN nuclear agency deal

Iran hopes to reach a “comprehensive agreement” with UN nuclear agency experts during talks in Tehran on Wednesday over the Islamic republic’s disputed atomic activities, the foreign ministry said. Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast meanwhile announced Tuesday that Tehran and world powers had agreed on a date but not the venue…

Protesters demand ‘peaceful revolution’ in Pakistan

A cleric leading thousands of protesters was set for a showdown with the Pakistani government Tuesday after marching on Islamabad to demand a peaceful “revolution” and the dissolution of parliament. Tahir-ul Qadri, 61, delivered an ultimatum in an overnight address to supporters in the heavily fortified capital following a 38-hour…

India begins visas on arrival to Pakistan’s elderly

India on Tuesday began a process to issue visas on arrival to senior citizens from Pakistan, a customs official said, despite heightened tensions over recent deadly clashes in disputed Kashmir. The landmark visa agreement was sealed last month, when the interior ministers from both countries met in New Delhi and…

Nike investigates Indonesian suppliers for labor violations

US sporting goods giant Nike said it was investigating claims by labour activists that its manufacturers in Indonesia were trying to evade paying its workers the minimum wage. “Nike takes these claims seriously and company representatives are investigating the claims,” global corporate communications director Greg Rossiter told AFP. Nike’s code…

Japanese minister ‘worried’ by Dreamliner glitches

Japan’s transport minister said Tuesday officials had launched a probe of Boeing’s Dreamliner after a series of problems with the high-tech aircraft left travellers “enormously worried”. The ministry said late Monday it had chosen a team of experts to examine a Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) which…

New species of flying frog discovered in Vietnam

An Australian researcher who discovered a new species of flying frog near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and named it after her mother said it was a rare find so close to such a big city. Helen’s Flying Frog was first discovered by Jodi Rowley, an amphibian expert from…

Conservationists ask Thailand to stop poachers from trading in elephant tusks

Conservationists on Tuesday urged Thailand to end its legal trade in ivory to help curb the slaughter of African elephants by poachers cashing in on their highly-prized tusks. While it is illegal to sell tusks from African elephants in Thailand, ivory from their Thai cousins can be traded — a…

Obama warns Republicans against debt showdown

President Barack Obama warned Republicans against using the debt ceiling as a “bargaining chip,” saying a failure to raise it would sow financial chaos and send markets into a tailspin. “To even entertain the idea of this happening, of the United States of America not paying its bills — it…

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