Horses more deadly than snakes in Australia, data shows
Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than venomous animals combined, data shows.

Flight MH370: Another search still possible, Australia says
Australia says the search for MH370 could resume one day, but only with "credible new evidence".

Babies remember their birth language - scientists
Babies learn language in the early months of life, and retain this knowledge, say scientists.

Urban nightmare
Plane crashes in residential areas are extremely rare, largely because of the skill of pilots in a crisis.

Awaiting the cut
The dark mood inside the iconic Tsukiji fish market ahead of a controversial move to a new location.

Golden idea
Internet entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan is going to award $8m per year to education projects.

Tsukiji fish seller: 'My family has sold tuna for 170 years'
As Tokyo's legendary fish market prepares to move, a third-generation tuna seller tells his story.

Travelling from China to London
China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade.

Enduring lessons
How Australia's deadliest train crash - 40 years ago on Wednesday - reshaped its response to disasters.

MH370: Relatives react to suspension of search for missing plane
Relatives of passengers aboard flight MH370 give their reactions to a decision to halt the search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished in March 2014.

OIC to Press Myanmar Over Rohingya Crisis at Malaysia Meeting: Envoy
Kuala Lumpur will host a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday.

Rights Groups Call on Myanmar For Details About ‘Disappeared’ Kachin Christians
They fear that authorities have detained two leaders from a religious group for showing journalists damage from clashes in northern Shan state.

China Warns Hong Kong Activists Over Meetings With Taiwan Independence Groups
The warnings come as a new opinion poll shows that some 40 percent of young Hong Kong people don't oppose independence.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Cranks up the Threat Machine
The prime minister wants to strip a rival of an important title as opposition legal issues deepen and bribery accusations fly.

Chinese Activists Pay Respects at Home of Late Premier Who Died Under House Arrest
Zhao Ziyang was a reform-minded liberal who fell from grace during the 1989 democracy movement on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Demolition, Expulsions Stop For Now at Larung Gar
Work will resume in the spring, though, with the pace of destruction more 'aggressive,' a local source says.

China Cracks Down Lightly on Smog
Government takes measured steps on coal and steel.

Without a trace
Mystery around flight MH370 may remain after the search was halted, as the BBC's Anna Jones reports.

'Search must go on'
Mystery around flight MH370 may remain after the search was halted, as the BBC's Anna Jones reports.

May pledges to take Britain out of EU single market
Sterling rises as prime minister outlines blueprint for clean Brexit break

Afghan 'green-eyed girl' Sharbat Gula in quest for a new life
National Geographic Afghan 'cover girl' speaks exclusively to the BBC about life back in her homeland.

The Future of the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, as Seen by China
A new white paper on Asia-Pacific regional security from the Chinese foreign ministry merits a close read.

After three years, search for missing MH370 suspended
The Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Relative of missing passenger slams the decision, says “I think there are still something we don't know."

In UN Lawsuit, Ukraine Demands Russia End Support for Separatists
Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the United Nations' highest court demanding that Russia immediately halt its support for pro-Moscow separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Russia of "acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its unlawful aggression" in the filing to the International Court of Justice, according to a ministry statement issued on Monday evening. Russia has repeatedly denied sending troops or military equipment...

Chinese Envoy, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss CPEC Security
China's top diplomat in Pakistan meets with Pakistan's army chief to discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?
A new economic paper argues that industrial espionage works.

Top German Court Refuses to Outlaw Far-right NPD Party
Germany's Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy. Germany's intelligence agency described the NPD as racist and anti-Semitic and the attempt by the country's 16 federal states to outlaw the party came amid rising support for right-wing groups stoked by popular resentment over the influx of migrants. While the court...

Ivory Coast Begins Paying Bonuses to Mutinous Soldiers
Ivory Coast's government has begun paying bonuses to soldiers who staged a two-day mutiny earlier this month, leaders of the revolt said on Tuesday, in a move aimed at quelling unrest that could undermine the country's post-war success story. Soldiers poured out of their barracks and seized the top cocoa grower's second-largest city, Bouake, on Jan. 6 in an uprising that quickly spread across the West African nation, forcing the government to capitulate to the mutineers'...

Islamic Cleric Freed After 9 Months in Israel Prison
Israel has released an Islamic cleric from prison after he completed his nine-month prison term. Raed Salah heads the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a group that Israel accuses of inciting Arabs to violence and outlawed in 2015. He was sentenced for "incitement to violence" and "incitement to racism" in a 2007 sermon and walked free Tuesday.   Salah has had repeated run-ins with Israel and was previously imprisoned for funneling money to...

Pound marches higher as May outlines Brexit plan
Market reaction to prime minister’s speech: what you need to know

McDosa to go
The BBC's in-house cartoonist, Kirtish Bhatt, on McDonald's bid to become "more Indian".

Four Gambian Ministers Resign as Neighboring States Prepare to Step in
Gambia's ministers of finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, state television said, as regional forces prepare to oust the veteran leader unless he steps down by Thursday. Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, has become increasingly isolated at home and abroad after he refused to accept his Dec. 1 defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow. The surprise loss was seen as a boost to democracy in the former British...

For Catholic leaders, the Indian Church must speak out against inequality
Oxfam releases its report on inequality. It shows India below China and Pakistan. Overall, 1 per cent of the population owns 58 per cent of the wealth. There is no welfare state, and no health insurance for the poor. Corporate debts have been forgone, but nothing has been done in education.

Xi Jinping defends globalisation in Davos speech
China’s president draws a line between himself and US president-elect Donald Trump

Poll: Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator
 More than 60 percent of Americans would like to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's powers preserved or strengthened under incoming President Donald Trump, and the drilling of oil on public lands to hold steady or drop, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. The results could foretell stronger-than-expected public opposition to Trump's plans to boost energy development by slashing environmental regulations, an agenda shared by some of his...

Air India says women-only seats for comfort after reported in-flight sex attacks
Air India will introduce women-only seats on its domestic flights to give female passengers more choice and comfort, said a senior official from the national carrier, rejecting claims the move was linked to reports of in-flight sex attacks.

Australian family rescued after night on Japanese mountain
An Australian family is found safe in the mountains after going missing while skiing in Japan.

Pope: No to "parked Christians." The courage of hope
At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis exhorts people to walk in hope, which is like "an anchor" to which we are attached. "To live by hope, always looking ahead with courage ... even where everything seems dark". "Stop to selfish Christians."  

Iraqi Forces Push Into IS-held Pocket in Mosul
Iraqi special forces pushed into a pocket of Islamic State-held territory in eastern Mosul on Tuesday, the military said, seeking to recapture the remaining districts under the group's control east of the Tigris river. The militants have been driven out of most eastern districts in their Iraqi stronghold in a 3-month-old U.S.-backed campaign. Iraqi troops have seized large areas along the river, which bisects Mosul from north to south. Capture of the entire east bank, which...

Xi positions China as protector of globalisation
The president’s remarks were a skilful appeal to business, writes Gideon Rachman

Indonesian police: Ulema hide extremist movements that want to divide the country
General Karnavian warns against infiltration of MUI. Edicts and declarations are "manipulated" to promote a violent and radical ideology. Among the recent cases, the attempt to block the re-election of the governor of Jakarta because "Christian." MUI President denies the charges.  

Prospect of Warming US-Russia Ties Worries China
President-elect Donald Trump's hints ties with Moscow could improve after he assumes office has been a source of controversy and heated debate in the United States. And that is unlikely to go away after his inauguration later this week.   Across the Pacific, in China, it is an increasing source of hand-wringing and worry for Chinese officials because some believe if ties between Russia and the U.S. improve that could only be bad for Beijing.   “In the West, people have been...

Malaysians should take public transport to Singapore: Johor minister
Johor's Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin says the S$6.40 reciprocal road charge recently imposed by Singapore on foreign vehicles is its "prerogative" and "something positive". 

M'sians should take public transport to Singapore: Johor minister
Johor's Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin says the S$6.40 reciprocal road charge recently imposed by Singapore on foreign vehicles is its "prerogative" and "something positive". 

Saudi Arabia Quietly Spreads its Brand of Puritanical Islam in Indonesia
When Ulil Abshar-Abdalla was a teenager in Pati, Central Java, he placed first in an Arabic class held at his local madrasa. The prize was six months of tuition at the Institute for the Study of Islam and Arabic (LIPIA), a Jakarta university founded and funded by the Saudi Arabian government. At the end of six months, LIPIA offered him another six. He stayed on. After that, it offered him four more years of free tuition to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Islamic law, or shariah. He accepted...

Morgan Stanley profits surge on bumper bond trading

Underwater search for missing Malaysian flight ends without a trace
The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Tuesday without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said.

Theresa May pledges clean Brexit break
Sterling rises as speech outlines plan for ‘a new and equal partnership’ with EU

Theresa May pledges to take Britain out of EU single market
Sterling rises as speech outlines plan for clean Brexit break

Mounting Frustration in Damascus Amid Widespread Water Cuts
Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria's famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative place to shower.   On Monday night, the 25-year-old accountant came with a colleague, Safwat Hariri, to the 1,000-year-old bath house in the old quarter of Damascus — the Hammam al-Malik al Zahir — where each was given two towels, a loofah and a piece of traditional olive oil soap. Minutes later, they...

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