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Last updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 9:42:07 PM

China's yuan becomes fifth IMF reserve currency
Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) The IMF has decided to include the Chinese currency yuan in its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket that will make it the fifth reserve currency after the US dollar, Euro, British pound sterling and Japanese yen.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 4:20:04 PM

Chinese shares close higher
Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) Chinese shares continued to rise on Tuesday as stocks related to real estate and environmental protection performed well.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 4:06:06 PM

Uproarious scenes in Nepali parliament over blockade
Kathmandu, Dec 1 (IANS) Accusing India of imposing a blockade against land-locked Nepal, two Leftist parliamentarians here on Tuesday demanded that New Delhi's envoy to Kathmandu be sent packing from the Himalayan nation.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 4:06:05 PM

New subsidy for foreigner-friendly hotels in Japan
Tokyo, Dec 1 (IANS) The Japanese government is planning to offer an incentive to hotels and inns for upgrading their facilities to meet the needs of foreign tourists, the media reported on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 3:32:05 PM

Samsung names new smartphone head
Seoul, Dec 1 (IANS) South Korean tech behemoth Samsung Electronics on Tuesday named a new head of its smartphone division as the mobile phone-making business is struggling amid fiercer competition with rivals.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 3:32:04 PM

Six children killed in Turkey school fire
Ankara, Dec 1 (IANS) At least six children were killed and three others injured on Tuesday in a fire at a school teaching the holy Quran in Turkey, the media reported.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 3:28:06 PM

US Marine held guilty of killing Filipino transgender
Manila, Dec 1 (IANS) A Philippines court on Tuesday found a US Marine guilty of homicide in the killing of a Filipino transgender last year, the media reported.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 3:16:05 PM

AirAsia plane crash caused by faulty component, crew action
Jakarta, Dec 1 (IANS) A faulty component and the way the pilots responded to a technical malfunction caused AirAsia Flight QZ8501 to plunge into the Java Sea in December 2014, killing all 162 people on board, Indonesian officials said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 2:58:04 PM

Koreas to exchange delegates' lists for high-level talks
Seoul, Dec 1 (IANS) South and North Korea are expected to exchange lists of their chief delegates next week for the upcoming high-level talks aimed at discussing ways to improve ties, an official said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 2:56:06 PM

South Korea's MERS alert reduced to lowest level
Seoul, Dec 1 (IANS) South Korean authorities on Tuesday lowered the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) alert level to its lowest readiness posture with no new infections reported in the country in nearly five months.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 2:36:04 PM

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