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New Zealand experiences warmest winter on record

09/03/2013 12:32am
Winter lacked its usual Antarctic chill in New Zealand this year _ to record effect.

China's top restaurants reeling over new austerity

09/03/2013 1:12am
The shark's fin, bird's nest and abalone are gone from the offerings at Beijing's Xiang E Qing restaurant _ a favorite of Communist Party cadres just months ago. Diners are now left with less exotic fare such as shredded beef, pickled turnip and fried peanuts.

India's Sonia Gandhi on way to US for health check

09/03/2013 3:00am
India's most powerful politician and leader of the ruling Congress party alliance Sonia Gandhi has left for the United States for a health check, party officials said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka criticizes UN rights chief visit

09/03/2013 4:41am
Sri Lanka's powerful Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa complained Tuesday that a visit of the United Nations human rights chief to the island nation was influenced by propaganda from remnants of the Tamil Tiger rebels who lost the civil war four years ago.

India passes $20 bln law to expand food welfare

09/03/2013 6:28am
India plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

Afghanistan seeks bids to privatize troubled bank

09/03/2013 10:36am
Afghanistan is trying again to privatize a major bank whose near-collapse rocked the country's fragile economy and served as an example of the country's rampant corruption.

India counts 1 woman killed every hour over dowry

09/03/2013 6:27pm
One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country's economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women's rights activists said.