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Monday, 10 August 2009

Million evacuated as typhoon hits China

2009-08-10 CHINA rushed nearly one million people out of harm's away as Typhoon Morakot slammed into its coast yesterday after triggering Taiwan's worst flooding in 50 years, leaving at least four people dead.After also leaving tens of thousands trapped in...

N Korea wants better ties with US: top official

2009-08-10 NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-Il appears to be in "full control" of his government and Pyongyang has indicated it wants a better relationship with the United States, the US national security adviser said yesterday.But in interviews on...

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2009-08-10 Defected Taiwan pilot warned of trial TAIPEI: A Taiwan Air Force pilot who defected to China in 1981 wants to return to Taiwan, but Taipei said he will be tried if he comes home, according to a newspaper report yesterday. Huang Chih-cheng, who flew...

Pakistani Taliban appear in turmoil after shootout

2009-08-10 PAKISTAN'S Taliban appeared in turmoil yesterday after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, who is believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.Intelligence officials said Friday that...

Pro-rebel party wins one Sri Lanka council

2009-08-10 A PARTY that backs the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels won a council in elections near Sri Lanka's former war zone, results showed yesterday, in a sign that separatists still attract popular support.The Tamil National Alliance, a front for the...

British, 3 Afghan soldiers killed

2009-08-10 A BRITISH soldier and three Afghan troopers have been killed in suspected insurgent bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan, the military said yesterday, as security forces braced for the August 20 elections.The British soldier, who was serving with...

7.1 magnitude quake hits off eastern Japan

2009-08-10 A MAJOR, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Japan yesterday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was felt across Honshu island, especially its central and northern regions, including Tokyo, at 7.56pm (6.56pm in Brunei), the Japan...

Forest Fires in Sarawak worzen haze

2009-08-10 MALAYSIAN firefighters struggled yesterday to douse forest blazes that have sent smoke blowing over major towns on Borneo island.The pollution caused air quality to plunge to its worst level this year in parts of eastern Sarawak state on Borneo...

Suu Kyi faces new trial uncertainty

2009-08-10 MYANMAR democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces fresh uncertainty this week over her internationally condemned trial, with her US co-defendant's illness threatening to further delay the verdict.A prison court is scheduled to hand down judgment on...

Talks with Manila rebels to resume

2009-08-10 PEACE talks aimed at ending the Philippines' 40-year Maoist armed rebellion are to resume in Norway in October, the government's chief negotiator said yesterday."Now, it looks more clear that it will push through. We have a schedule. The last...

EU offers food aid for southern Philippines

2009-08-10 THE European Commission said yesterday it will provide a grant of 6.4 million euros ($13.7 million) to help strengthen food security in five provinces in the conflictive southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The EC said the grant would be...

Pressure on Aquino son to run for presidency

2009-08-10 THE hundreds of thousands of people who poured out on Manila's streets last week for the funeral of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino signal a huge vote bank for her son, should he run for the presidency.With none of the potential...

Sunday, 9 August 2009

New party formed ahead of Japanese poll

2009-08-09 A NEW Japanese political party was launched yesterday by a former ruling party Cabinet member, as lawmakers continued to manouever ahead of national elections next month that are expected to transform the country's power structure.The new "Your...

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2009-08-09 87 feared dead in Tonga ferrydisasterNUKU'ALOFA: At least 87 people are now feared dead in the Tonga ferry disaster, police said yesterday, describing the sinking as a "tragedy of huge proportions" for the tiny Pacific island nation. The...

Enough food in India amid weak monsoon

2009-08-09 INDIA'S prime minister promised yesterday that no citizen would go hungry as a result of scanty monsoon rains that have threatened the output of rice and other vital crops.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also promised strong action against "hoarders...

India intercepts N Korean ship

2009-08-09 THE Indian coast guard has detained a "suspicious" North Korean ship carrying a cargo of sugar off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after a more than six-hour chase, the Times of India said yesterday.The MV Musen dropped anchor off Hut...

Australia to probe international education after India attacks

2009-08-09 AUSTRALIA announced a sweeping review of its international education sector yesterday, as India's foreign minister prepared to meet with students rattled by a series of attacks and study scams.Education Minister Julia Gillard said former Liberal MP...

Dead koala to go on show

2009-08-09 AN AUSTRALIAN koala that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a "symbol of hope" during the nation's deadliest-ever wildfires will go on display in a museum after dying in surgery, a report said yesterday.Sam was found thirsty and severely...

Myanmar police on alert to stop demonstrations

2009-08-09 PRO-JUNTA supporters and truckloads of riot police patrolling Myanmar's commercial capital yesterday kept potential demonstrators off the streets on the 21st anniversary of pro-democracy protests that triggered one of the country's bloodiest...

Top terror leader killed in Indonesia: TV

2009-08-09 Police say DNA test is needed to confirm the suspect's deathSOUTHEAST Asia's most wanted terror suspect was reportedly killed during a 16-hour siege on a suspected militant hide-out that ended yesterday when police stormed the house, but officials...

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