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'Asia tallest man' hospitalised in China BEIJING: A 2.55-metre (8 foot 4 inch) Chinese man who is among the world's tallest living people has been hospitalised for a hip replacement, reports said Monday.Wang Fengjun has been measured as 29 centimetres taller than China's towering former NBA basketball player Yao Ming.According to the Zhengzhou Evening, a paper in his home province of Henan, Wang's hands are 30 centimetres long and he wears specially made size-75 shoes.Chinese media widely describe him as Asia's tallest man.Wang, 37, developed gigantism due to a tumour on his pituitary gland. He has been suffering from osteonecrosis of the hips and was offered free treatment by a Henan hospital.China's Yao Defen was the world's tallest woman at 2.34 metres when she died last year aged 40.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Japan nuclear operators ask for OK on reactor restarts TOKYO: Japanese utilities on Monday asked regulators for permission to turn on 10 nuclear reactors, a move that could presage a widespread restart of atomic power more than two years after the Fukushima disaster.Power companies submitted applications for safety assessments on units at five separate plants on the day that new beefed-up rules came into force.The requests are the first step on a journey that could take many months, but which commentators say is likely ...
Chinese mourn Asiana jet crash deaths BEIJING: Chinese citizens on Sunday mourned two teenage girls killed after a South Korean passenger jet crashed at San Francisco airport as survivors recounted harrowing details of their flight.Chinese nationals made up 141 of the 291 passengers aboard the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 which burst into flames after it landed short of the runway, injuring 182.The two girls were middle school students from east China's Zhejiang province according to a preliminary report, state news agency ...
Dengue outbreak strikes 1,800 in Philippine province ILOILO, PHILIPPINES: Dengue fever has surged in the central Philippines, infecting more than 1,800 people and killing at least ten, a provincial official said Saturday. The number of people struck down by the mosquito-borne disease in the central province of Iloilo this year is already 71 percent higher than the same period last year, provincial administrator Raul Banias told AFP.He added dengue fatalities in the first half of 2013 were already equal to the total ...
Australia's new PM in Indonesia for boat-people talks JAKARTA: Newly reinstated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was to meet Indonesia's president on Friday for talks focussed on asylum-seekers with thousands defying deadly perils to try to reach Australia by sea.On his first foreign trip since ousting Julia Gillard barely a week ago, the Australian leader will meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to tackle a subject that will be key in upcoming elections.Despite Canberra's tough new policies banishing asylum-seekers to remote Pacific islands, thousands ...
South Korea proposes new talks with North Korea on joint zone SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday proposed fresh talks with North Korea aimed at re-opening a shuttered joint industrial zone at Kaesong, a government spokesman said.The Unification Ministry sent a message to the North Korean government proposing that three officials from each side meet at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday, Spokesman Kim Hyung-Seok said.The proposal came a day after North Korea restored a cross-border hotline and announced it would let the South's businessmen ...
Rare Chinese stamp sells for $890,000 HONG KONG: One of China's rarest stamps sold for HK$6.9 million ($890,000) at auction in Hong Kong, the auctioneers said on Wednesday.With just 32 recorded copies, the Qing Dynasty "1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar" stamp is "China's rarest regularly-issued stamp", Interasia Auctions said in a press release.The bright red stamp, symbolising luck and good fortune in Chinese culture, is rare because the characters "Qing Dynasty postal service, one dollar" were considered too small, prompting ...

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