Asia Briefs: China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit 'retires'

China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit 'retires'

BEIJING • China's troubled but beloved Jade Rabbit lunar rover has whirred its last.

The device, which was designed for a lifespan of a mere three months, surveyed the moon's surface for 31 months, the Xinhua news service said on Wednesday.

It was not clear on which day the device "retired".


Nepal's minority chief is home minister

KATHMANDU • Nepal's new Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda named minority leader Bimalendra Nidhi to the key position of home minister in his first appointments yesterday, seeking reconciliation after months of protests by the Madhesi minority who are demanding a greater say in the central government.


China creates website on disputed sea

BEIJING • China has launched a website on the South China Sea, complete with historical maps, articles and research to boost its territorial claims in the disputed sea.

The website has six domain names, including and, due to "information unification and security concerns", according to the State Oceanic Administration.


Indonesia court may make gay sex a crime

JAKARTA • Indonesia's Constitutional Court is considering making gay sex a crime, with Islamic activists pushing for the change insisting yesterday the homosexual community was causing "moral degradation" in the Muslim-majority nation.


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