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Indiatimes

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m.indiatimes.com/ (HTML5)

Porular nnline news portal from the Times of India Group. The emphasis is on Entertainment News nut there are also Sports, Tech, Business and Indian and World News sections.


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The Hindu

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m.thehindu.com/ (xhtml-mp)

The mobile edition of India's second largest English newspaper, Chennai based The Hindu, has breaking national and world news and coverage of the arts, entertainment, sports, technology and business news.


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DNAIndia

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www.dnaindia.com/mobile (xhtml-mp)
News, Sports, Editorials, Finance, Movie Reviews, Columnists and Cartoons from a leading online news site in Mumbai India.
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Times of India

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m.timesofindia.com/ (HTML5)

Times of India:  Called the worlds largest English language newspaper, The Times of India's mobile edition is a text-only PDA stule site with lots of content and so-so mobile usability.


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IBNLive

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m.ibnlive.com/ (HTML5)

Indian and world news, sports, politics and columist's blogs.


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Newshunt

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m.newshunt.com/ (xhtml-mp)

Indian news aggregator NewsHunt lets you browse top stories from more than 50 leading newspapers in India.


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ZeeNews

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m.zeenews.com/ (xhtml-mp)

Zee News is a comprehensive online news portal from Indian TV and recording conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises.  The mobile version of the site coverage includes Indian and International  news, sports, business and entertainment stories and photos. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory


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DAWN

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dawn.com (xhtml-mp)

Mobile edition of Pakistan's most popular English language newspaper. The mobile site carries text-only versions of hundreds of stories from the paper's local, provincial, national and world news sections plus business, sport, cricket, science and Technology, art and culture pages and Dawn's columnists. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory


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Cebu Sun Star

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m.sunstar.com.ph (xhtml-mp)

Breaking news,opinion, sports, business, lifestyle and feature articles plus weather, winning lotto numbers and current exchange rates from the largest daily newspaper in Cebu, the Philippines second largest city. Mobile view by Mobify


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Shanghai Daily

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mobile.shanghaidaily.com/ (xhtml-mp)

Business focused English language daily from China covering local, national world news, sports, business, editorials and "odd" news. The mobile edition is quite complete with over a hundred full length stories, many with photos, from all sections of the paper. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory


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JapanToday

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www.japantoday.com/smartphone (HTML5)

JapanToday homepagePublished in Tokyo, JapanToday is one of the top online sources for Japanese national and local news in English. The smartphone version of the site has pseudo continuously scrolling front page with over 80 headlines with thumbnails. Tapping a headline opens the full story.

There's also a legacy text only mobile site at www.japantoday.com/mobile (image).  It's a paginated river of news style site consisting of the latest news headlines, 10 to a page. Clicking a headline opens a page with a text only version of the full story. Next and previous links let travel back in time to read older stories.


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Lanka.mobi

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lanka.mobi/ (xhtml-mp)
The latest news, cricket scores and exchange rates from Sri Lanka.
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Malaysian WapNews

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wapnews.mobi/ (HTML5)
"Malaysian Newspapers on your Wap Enabled phone." Stories from 7 Malaysian newspapers in English, Malay and Chinese.
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East Asian Times

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www.eastasiantimes.com (xhtml-mp)

The East Asian Times is a strange site.  The top of each page carries a header image with the words "Ebeling Heffernan" which is the name of a financial analytics and consulting company specializing in Asian investments. I though it was an ad banner but clicking just goes to the  East Asian Times home page.

The site's FAQ page refers to the site as The Phuket Sun with no mention the East Asian Times or Ebeling Heffernan.

Confusing branding aside, the site is a pretty good Asian news site that carries page after page of headline stories. The stories are are arranged chronologically and you can go back in time almost indefinitely,"river of news" style by clinking a "Next Page" link.

19-May-2013: Site is down


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