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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Half a million Afghan ballots may be invalid

2009-09-12 UP TO half a million ballots cast in Afghanistan's fraud-tarnished polls could be quarantined and investigated over alleged irregularities, an election commission spokesman said yesterday.Afghans went to the polls in their second direct...

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2009-09-12 US-China to discuss terror fightWASHINGTON: The US and China are to expand their dialogue to cover counterterrorism, announced US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although Beijing cautioned against any interference in internal affairs. "I am...

Japan centenarians top 40,000

2009-09-12 THE number of centenarians in Japan has topped 40,000 for the first time, a government survey showed yesterday, amid fears of a looming demographic crisis in the world's number two economy.There are expected to be 40,399 people aged 100 and older...

9 held in new China needle attacks

2009-09-12 NINE suspects have been detained over alleged syringe attacks in three new places in China's Xinjiang region, after hundreds were stabbed in the flashpoint city of Urumqi, an official yesterday said.Six were held this week in Hotan, two in Altay and...

N Korea offers new concession to South

2009-09-12 NORTH KOREA has dropped demands that South Korean factory owners pay a huge wage increase at a joint industrial estate, officials said yesterday, the latest peace overture from the communist state.The concession came amid anger in the South over...

Swede held in Pakistan over possible terror links

2009-09-12 A SWEDISH national with the same name as a Swede arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and held for two years at Guantanamo Bay was detained in Pakistan last month on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda, a police officer said yesterday.Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali was...

Jakarta detains 56 Afghan migrants bound for Australia

2009-09-12 INDONESIA has detained 56 Afghan migrants off the eastern island of Lombok who were attempting to travel by wooden boat to Australia, a navy official said yesterday.The migrants' boat was intercepted in the waters near Papakan island east of Lombok...

Pakistan arrests senior Taliban leader

2009-09-12 PAKISTAN announced yesterday the arrests of two of its most-wanted Taliban insurgents and said the feared militia was staring at defeat after two years of carnage in the Swat valley.The northwest valley slipped out of government control after...

Friday, 11 September 2009

'Myanmar junta takes gas revenues'

2009-09-11 MYANMAR'S military has transferred billions of dollars from a gas project into two banks operating in Singapore, contributing to "high-level corruption", a US-based environmental group yesterday said.A report by non-profit Earth Rights...

Japan death row breeds insanity, says Amnesty

2009-09-11 AMNESTY International yesterday said "cruel, inhuman and degrading" conditions for Japan's death row prisoners were tipping many into insanity and urged an incoming government to halt all executions.The London-based human rights group...

ICC probes war crimes in Afghanistan

2009-09-11 THE chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Wednesday that he was gathering information about possible war crimes committed by NATO soldiers and insurgents in Afghanistan.Afghanistan is a signatory of the treaty that...

Poll fraud watchdog annuls Afghan ballots

2009-09-11 AFGHANISTAN'S vote monitoring body yesterday ordered for the first time that ballots be scrapped from 83 polling stations finding "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" in troubled elections.Afghans went to the polls in only their...

'Taliban presence pervasive'

2009-09-11 THE Taliban have a significant presence in almost every corner of Afghanistan, data from a policy think tank showed yesterday, as the country lurches into political uncertainty after a disputed presidential election.The uncertainty coincides with...

5 schoolgirls killed in India stampede

2009-09-11 FIVE girls died when dozens of pupils stampeded on a narrow school staircase in the capital yesterday after rumours of an electrical short circuit sparked panic.Police said 30 pupils were injured during the panic among the schoolgirls who feared...

Japan court rejects Indonesia suit

2009-09-11 A JAPANESE court yesterday rejected a lawsuit filed by thousands of Indonesian villagers against the government who claimed that a Tokyo-funded dam damaged the environment and forced them to resettle.More than 23,000 residents from Sumatra Island...

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2009-09-11 Two S Koreans accused of spyingSEOUL: An executive of a Russian auto firm's South Korean subsidiary committed suicide yesterday after being questioned about an alleged case of industrial espionage, his company and police said. Prosecutors said...

Early Timor Leste vote urged

2009-09-11 TIMOR LESTE's opposition called on President Jose Ramos-Horta yesterday to dissolve parliament in a row over the release of an Indonesian former militia leader accused of involvement in a 1999 massacre.Opposition Fretilin party secretary general...

Indonesia warns Australia over planned probe

2009-09-11 INDONESIA'S president yesterday warned that ties with Australia could be harmed by a fresh probe into the killing of the "Balibo five" journalists during Jakarta's 1975 invasion of Timor Leste.On Wednesday, Australia announced a police...

'Yellow Shirt' leader jailed

2009-09-11 A THAI court yesterday sentenced the founder of Thailand's "yellow shirts" political movement to two years in prison for defamation, before freeing him on bail pending an appeal.The Criminal Court found media maverick Sondhi Limthongkul...

Vietnam, US eye Agent Orange impact

2009-09-11 US AND Vietnamese experts will jointly study the impact of the wartime herbicide Agent Orange on the health of people living in three major "hot spots", officials yesterday said.A decision to establish the health task force came during...

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