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Malaysia's National Fatwa Council issues a fatwa (edict) prohibiting Muslims from joining or supporting the Islamic State (IS) militant group, says The Star. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is moving forward with a plan to land an unmanned probe on the moon’s surface by as early as fiscal 2018, The Yomiuri Shimbun quotes sources as saying. China unveils a major package that is expected to invigorate Pakistan's economy and advance Beijing's Silk Road initiatives, according to China Daily. South Korean President Park Geun-hye calls for a thorough probe into a snowballing bribery scandal after her embattled prime minister offered to quit over his alleged involvement in the scandal that rocked South Korea, a report in The Korea Herald states. Four strong earthquakes hit Taiwan, The China Post reports.

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Godzilla resurrected as Kabukicho tourism ambassador

Shopkeepers, restaurant owners and other business operators expect the new attraction to help reinvigorate the district

5 ways to rev up your ramen

Don’t just boil them – serve instant noodles in interesting and novel ways

More senior Chinese head for Hainan in winter

Many of them have been heading to the south for warmer weather

Glare of the spotlight

Glare of the spotlight
The reality is that politicians, as public figures, can no longer ask for privacy. After all, no one asked them to be politicians and they cannot cherry-pick their choice of publicity

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years
From farmland to urban district

A memorial park for Singapore's founders?

A memorial park for Singapore's founders?
The Straits Times takes a look at how great leaders are honoured in other places

Revisiting Sewol through survivor testimonies

Revisiting Sewol through survivor testimonies
One year on from the tragedy, nine people remain missing

K-pop stars, actors model for soju, beer brands

K-pop stars, actors model for soju, beer brands
Soju has a pervasive influence throughout Korean culture -- and hallyu is no exception

Hyun Bin makes TV comeback

Hyun Bin makes TV comeback
Second time’s the charm for the South Korean actor who plays a dual-role character in Hyde, Jekyll, Me




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