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Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked by images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches
Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches
Tonnes of clams die in Vietnam as toxic leak fears mount
Tonnes of clams die in Vietnam as toxic leak fears mount

More than 100 tonnes of clams have perished in central Vietnam because of a possible toxic leak into the sea near an industrial zone.

Tonnes of clams die in Vietnam as toxic leak fears mount
First signs of coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour: scientists
First signs of coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour: scientists

Coral bleaching has been detected in Sydney Harbour. The damaging phenomenon is blamed on warming sea-surface temperatures.

First signs of coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour: scientists
Photo courtesy of the press office of Kazakhstan's Temir Zholy.
Expansion of Aktau seaport goes according to schedule: Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

The expansion of Kazakhstan's Aktau seaport to the north goes according to schedule.

Expansion of Aktau seaport goes according to schedule: Kazakhstan Temir Zholy
Photo courtesy of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy press office.
New Lianyungang-Almaty container train launched

A new regular container train Lianyungang-Almaty has been launched on February 25.

New Lianyungang-Almaty container train launched
Edinburgh and London grapple over North Sea's black gold
Edinburgh and London grapple over North Sea's black gold

North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland's future ahead of an independence vote next month.

Edinburgh and London grapple over North Sea's black gold
North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea
North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea

North Korea fired 100 artillery shells into the sea Monday in a live-fire drill near the eastern maritime border with South Korea that followed a recent series of missile tests.

North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea
Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights
Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights

Japan on Thursday summoned the Chinese ambassador to complain about fighter jets flying "dangerously" close to two of its military planes over the East China Sea, officials said.

Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights
Japan says Chinese ships in disputed waters
Japan says Chinese ships in disputed waters

Chinese ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Friday, officials said, after G7 leaders cautioned against "intimidation" in territorial disputes.

Japan says Chinese ships in disputed waters
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ASEAN alarm over China sea spat

Southeast Asian leaders have expressed "serious concern" over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, according to a statement released Monday, amid a growing row between Vietnam and Beijing over contested waters.

ASEAN alarm over China sea spat
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega. ©Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas
Costa Rica to sue Nicaragua over territorial sea rights

Costa Rica said Tuesday it will take Nicaragua to the International Court of Justice over what San Jose alleges is Managua's seeking to have oil exploration work done in Costa Rican waters.

Costa Rica to sue Nicaragua over territorial sea rights
Expansion of Aktau sea port to be completed in 2014

According to Mr. Mamin, freights reloaded at Aktau port in 2013 totaled 10 million tons, 300 000 tons over the estimated target.

Expansion of Aktau sea port to be completed in 2014
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Seven Vietnam schoolchildren drown during seaside picnic

Seven Vietnamese schoolchildren drowned while swimming in the sea during a picnic near the southern business hub of Ho Chi Minh City, local police said Monday.

Seven Vietnam schoolchildren drown during seaside picnic
Photo ©pm.kz
'Omnivory' of Kazakhstan foreign politics according to Idrisov

Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerlan Idrisov says that Kazakhstan makes up for being landlocked by diversifying its foreign relations.

'Omnivory' of Kazakhstan foreign politics according to Idrisov
Beijing and ASEAN in talks on South China Sea
Beijing and ASEAN in talks on South China Sea

A code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea should be discussed "gradually", Beijing said after meetings with Southeast Asian nations, suggesting any agreement is still far off.

Beijing and ASEAN in talks on South China Sea
US takes up gaps on Syria, sea disputes at Asia forum
US takes up gaps on Syria, sea disputes at Asia forum

Asia-Pacific security talks opened Tuesday with Beijing under pressure over its South China Sea claims.

US takes up gaps on Syria, sea disputes at Asia forum
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Rising seas washing away Pacific leader's home island

As the US urges world leaders to ramp up action on climate change, the leader of one small island chain in the North Pacific Ocean has already got the message -- watching helplessly as rising seas slowly erode his birthplace.

Rising seas washing away Pacific leader's home island
Photo by Vladimir Prokopenko©
Kazakhstan Maritime Academy opens in Almaty

The official opening of Kazakhstan Maritime Academy was held in Almaty.

Kazakhstan Maritime Academy opens in Almaty
Aktau port. Photo courtesy of portaktau.kz
Aktau seaport to reach capacity of 18 million tons by 2020

The capacity of Aktau seaport in Kazakhstan is expected to reach 18 million tons of cargoes by 2020.

Aktau seaport to reach capacity of 18 million tons by 2020