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A growing trend worldwide: fruit trees on the tops of buildings
The idea of growing fruit trees on the top of buildings, or producing fruit and vegetables inside multistory buildings using artificial light, might have been viewed as a fanciful idea once -- but not anymore.
 
The government is drawing up plans to contribute its expertise to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in accordance with this year's theme and priorities, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official has said.
 
South Korea resumes anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts
SEOUL, South Korea -- As world leaders debated ways to penalize North Korea's claim of a fourth nuclear test, South Korea voiced its displeasure with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals' tense border Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
 
Pakistan asked Bangladesh to withdraw its senior diplomat, Moushumi Rahman, in an apparent tit-for-tat move after Dhaka asked Islamabad to withdraw a Pakistani diplomat last month, officials from the two nations said Thursday.
 
Japan said Thursday it has detected no changes in radiation levels within its territory, following North Korea's claimed test of a hydrogen bomb the day before.
 
S. Korea begins anti-North propaganda broadcasts
In response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, South Korea on Thursday announced it would resume cross-border propaganda broadcasts that Pyongyang considers an act of war.
 
Border quiet as China weighs N. Korea nuke test response
Trucks rumbled across the Chinese-North Korean border Thursday in a sign that trade was continuing despite Beijing's anger over the North's avowed hydrogen bomb test, which could spark economic retaliation and further estrangement between the once-close communist allies.
 
N. Korean nuclear test condemned as provocation
North Korea's claim that it carried out a successful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday drew swift condemnation from friends and foes alike.
 
The United States said Monday that China's recent test of a newly completed runway on one of seven islands Beijing has constructed in the disputed South China Sea raises tensions and threatens regional stability.
 
Blast near Indian consulate in E. Afghanistan
A small bomb exploded near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad Tuesday, authorities said, after a series of attacks on Indian installations in the region.
 
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