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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Russia, Japan fail to quell islands row

2011-02-12 RUSSIA and Japan yesterday failed to calm a flaring territorial dispute in a bruising meeting of their top diplomats, with Moscow bluntly accusing Tokyo of unacceptable behaviour in the standoff.The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...

UN Council to hold closed meeting on Thai-Cambodia crisis

2011-02-12 THE UN Security Council will hold a closed meeting Monday on border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia with the foreign ministers from the two nations, diplomats said.Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, his Cambodian counterpart, Hor Namhong and...

M'sia to distribute 500,000 laptops

2011-02-12 THE Information Communication and Culture Ministry is to distribute more than 500,000 laptop computers nationwide by the end of this year, Minister Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday.He said the ministry, through the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia...

Philippines sees Muslim rebel settlement in a year

2011-02-12 THE Philippine government said yesterday it hoped to end a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion within 12 months, after the two sides held their first peace talks in two years.Chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen said he came away convinced...

Friday, 11 February 2011

Philippines and Muslim rebels revive peace talks

2011-02-11 THE Philippine government and the nation's main Muslim separatist group agreed yesterday to push ahead with a faltering peace process after meeting for the first time in two years.The government hailed the meeting as a success, saying it yielded...

IN BRIEF

2011-02-11 Video of blind activist surfaces in ChinaBEIJING: A blind Chinese activist under house arrest since his release from prison in September has appeared in a video accusing the authorities of using "hooligan methods" to silence rights...

Teenage bomber kills 31 Pakistan army recruits

2011-02-11 A TEENAGE suicide bomber killed up to 31 Pakistani army recruits at a parade ground yesterday, an attack the Taliban said was revenge for US drone strikes and local military offensives.Wearing school uniform, the young teen blew himself up at the...

China snows bring limited drought relief

2011-02-11 SNOW across some drought-hit parts of north and central China brought limited respite from a drought threatening winter wheat crops that has fuelled talk of higher global prices, state forecasters said yesterday.The welcome, but still patchy,...

India, Pakistan agree to resume peace talks

2011-02-11 INDIA and Pakistan announced yesterday the resumption of peace talks suspended more than two years ago after gunmen killed 166 people in Mumbai.In simultaneous statements issued in New Delhi and Islamabad, the nuclear-armed neighbours and long-time...

Spy arrest a warning to Taiwan on China

2011-02-11 THE arrest of a Taiwanese general accused of spying for China is a warning to Taiwan to be wary of its old foe despite warming economic links that are likely to stay unscathed by the case.The 51-year-old officer, Major-General Lo Hsien-che, is...

S'pore SDP leader escapes jail term

2011-02-11 A VOCAL opposition leader in Singapore yesterday escaped a jail term after an online donation drive raised enough money to pay a fine instead.Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), had faced a fine of S$20,000...

Australia PM introduces contentious floods tax

2011-02-11 AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday introduced contentious legislation for a one-off tax to help pay for devastating floods which killed 35 people and swamped thousands of homes.The flood levy, to apply to middle and higher income...

Manila defends Taiwan deportations

2011-02-11 THE Philippines said yesterday it deported 14 alleged Taiwanese criminals to China to protect its national interests.Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda also rejected a demand by Taiwan's representative to Manila for the government to apologise,...

Asean chair invited to UNSC meeting on border crisis

2011-02-11 FOLLOWING swift diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr Marty Natalegawa - as Indonesia is the current Chair of Asean - to defuse ongoing violence between Cambodia and Thailand that started over the weekend, the United Nations...

Thailand rejects UN visit to temple in Cambodia rift

2011-02-11 THAILAND opposes a proposed visit by the world heritage body Unesco to inspect an ancient temple at the centre of a deadly border dispute with Cambodia, a government official said yesterday."Because of the current situation at the border, we...

Rebels kill three in Thai south

2011-02-11 SUSPECTED Muslim separatists shot dead three Buddhists and burned their bodies in Thailand's restive south, police said yesterday, the latest violence in the rubber-rich southern tip of the country.The killings follow several high-profile attacks in...

Bashir terrorism trial opens in Indonesia

2011-02-11 THE terrorism trial of an Indonesian religious scholar opened in Indonesia yesterday amid high security and a surge in sectarian violence that has left three dead.Supporters of 72-year-old preacher Abu Bakar Bashir surrounded the south Jakarta...

Malaysia urged to review US$2b warship deal

2011-02-11 MALAYSIA'S opposition yesterday urged the government to review plans to buy six warships for nearly US$2 billion ($2.55 billion), saying it was the latest in a series of dubious defence contracts.The opposition has alleged corruption in some major...

M'sia ministry warns against dangers of sky lanterns

2011-02-11 THE transport ministry has warned the public of the devastating effects posed by releasing 'Kong Ming' lanterns in the air as they could endanger aircraft.Deputy minister Abdul Rahim Bakri said the sky lanterns could be carried by the wind to a...

24 cheating cases in Sarawak last year

2011-02-11 CONFIDENCE tricksters, posing as customs, police, welfare and education officers, fleeced their victims of cash and valuables last year.These were some of the 24 cheating cases reported to the Sarawak police, which amounted to RM387,817 ($162,945)...

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