Seven survivors of missing ferry rescued after days adrift in Pacific

(CNN)Seven people who were on a ferry that went missing in the South Pacific a week ago were rescued Sunday, New Zealand authorities say. The plane directed a nearby fishing vessel to pick up the survivors, she said. The seven were among 50 people aboard the inter-island ferry MV Butiraoi, which left the island of […]

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‘You guys might think I’m crazy’: Diary of US ‘missionary’ reveals last days in remote island

(CNN)The Christian evangelist who attempted to convert one of the world’s last remaining isolated tribes wrote of his convictions in pursuing the mission even in the face of open hostility and attempts on his life, according to diary entries and notes. “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you,’” he […]

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A backpacker’s guide to Sri Lanka: a one-month itinerary

The crowds head for its Cultural Triangle but Sri Lankas sights also include quieter national parks, hiking trails and beaches. Explore it with our guide on what to see and where to stay Why go? Few countries in Asia can offer such variety in a relatively small area, or are as easily navigable by bus […]

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The tiny islands that could explode the China-Vietnam relationship

Da Nang, Vietnam( CNN) “The Paracel Islands! ” the educator screams. Since opening in 2018, about half of its 40,000 visitors have been schoolchildren, who can explore exhibits, including documents, maps and photographs, all curated to hammer home one point. The Paracel Islands belong to Vietnam. Not to China. What’s going on in the South […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut reaches mainland China, lashes Hong Kong, dozens dead in Philippines

Hong Kong( CNN) The world’s strongest blizzard this year, Typhoon Mangkhut, continued its path of destruction across Southeast Asia over the weekend, reaching mainland China on Sunday afternoon after pummeling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines. More than 2.45 million people have been evacuated in China’s Guangdong province as Mangkhut built landfall at […]

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Russia and Japan at odds over seven-decade-old Kuril Islands dispute

( CNN) On Tuesday, the leaders of Japan and Russia will hold talks on what remains one of the world’s longest-running unresolved international disputes. The resulting disagreement over who has rightful ownership of the islands has soured relations between the two countries, contributing to their continued failure to sign a World War II peace treaty. […]

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Tokyo stages missile drill as dreads linger of North Korean attack

Tokyo( CNN) Hundreds of Tokyo residents wearing gray bibs took part in the city’s first simulated missile attack since the end of World War Two, despite an apparent calming of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Monday’s exercise came as a North Korean delegation toured potential concert venues in Seoul as part of preparations for the […]

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Five killed in attack on luxury Pakistan hotel, military says

Islamabad, Pakistan( CNN) Five people including a soldier were killed after gunmen stormed a five-star luxury hotel in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, the military forces said Sunday. The military said that all three attackers, who planned to take hotel guests hostage, had been killed. According to a statement from the media wing of Pakistan’s Armed […]

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Malaysia busts alleged traffickers who crammed 131 people onto tanker

( CNN) Australia says Malaysia’s interception of a “sophisticated” people smuggling operation depicts its tough policies on human traffickers are justified and working. On board were 131 Sri Lankans including 98 men, 24 girls, four boys as well as five daughters, who were believed to be heading toward Australia and New Zealand. Australian Home Affairs […]

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Kerala inundations: Some anglers recruited for rescues say survivors insulted them

Kollam, India( CNN) As devastating inundations hit India’s southern nation of Kerala, thousands scrambled up to the higher floors in their buildings and squatted together on balconies, waiting urgently for help. Fishermen, who had loaded their boats onto trucks, voluntarily traveled to Kerala’s inner towns and villages, inundated with more than 10 feet of water. […]

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