Iranian movie “The Salesman” among big winners at Asian Film Awards

(CNN)Iranian movie, “The Salesman,” has struck gold again. A month after winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the drama picked up Best Screenplay at the Asian Film Awards, which is widely considered to be the East’s version of the Academy Awards. The movie, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, was part of a pack … Read more

South Korea begins operations to recover sunken Sewol ferry

(CNN)Efforts have begun to recover the Sewol ferry from the sea off South Korea, three years after it sank killing 304 people, mostly students. The long delay in recovering the vessel has angered victims’ families, many of whom gathered on boats to watch the operation Wednesday. Ordered by the interim government, the planned recovery follows … Read more

Japan holds first evacuation drill to prepare for North Korean missile

Oga, Japan (CNN)The children are playing duck-duck-goose with their teacher outside their elementary school when the siren suddenly blares. On cue, teachers and students drop to the ground and wait for further instructions. “This is a drill,” a voice echoes over a loudspeaker across this small coastal town.

Australian arrested for helping ISIS develop long-range missile technology

(CNN)An Australian man has been charged with allegedly helping ISIS to develop “high-tech” missile capabilities. The 42-year-old was taken into custody in the small rural New South Wales town of Young by the Australian Federal Police. In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said the man had been researching and designing both a laser warning … Read more

Wanted: Applicants for Hong Kong’s toughest job

Hong Kong (CNN)Are you a competent former government official who relishes a challenge? Can you please China’s leaders while placating young democratic activists who are prepared to take to the streets? Will you be willing to take the blame for decisions made hundreds of miles away? Well you just could be the next Hong Kong … Read more

India eyes record satellite launch as Asia’s space race heats up

(CNN)Forget the US versus Russia. The real space race is taking place in Asia. India’s space agency will attempt to launch 104 satellites from a single rocket Wednesday — a record feat that, if successful, will cement the country’s space smarts after its successful Mars orbiter mission. The launch would almost triple the current record … Read more

Pakistan blocks Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s movie ‘Raees’

New Delhi (CNN)A new Indian blockbuster has been banned in Pakistan for allegedly misrepresenting Muslims. Bollywood megastar, Shah Rukh Khan, himself a Muslim, has millions of fans all around the world. But his new film “Raees,” about a bootlegger turned politician, has hit a roadblock with Pakistan’s censors. The decision to ban the movie, which … Read more

Australia: 7% of Catholic priests abused children, commission finds

(CNN)After years of investigations and hearings, the sheer scale of child sexual abuse within the Australian Catholic Church has been revealed. Between 1950 and 2015, 7% of Australian priests were accused of abusing children, according to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Over 40% of priests in some orders have been … Read more

China: As Xi Jinping praises free trade, critics of Mao lose their jobs

Hong Kong (CNN)In a speech in Davos Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping treated his audience of world business leaders to a full-throated defense of globalization and free trade. It was a surprising move by the head of a party co-founded by Mao Zedong and which claims the “realization of communism is (its) highest ideal and … Read more

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