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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Jailbreak: Troops kill militant

2009-12-15 TROOPS hunting for dozens of militants who made a stunning jailbreak on a southern Philippine island killed one of the escapees and recaptured another yesterday, police said.The weekend escape was the latest in an upsurge of violence on Basilan...

Chinese VP in Japan amid royal protocol row

2009-12-15 CHINA'S Vice President Xi Jinping yesterday kicked off an Asia tour in Japan, where a row has broken out over a breach of protocol for his hastily arranged meeting with Emperor Akihito.Xi, who is widely expected to succeed Hu Jintao as China's...

M'sia busts baby-selling syndicate

2009-12-15 MALAYSIAN police said yesterday they have rescued five infants and arrested 13 people including a doctor after exposing a baby-selling racket.Federal criminal investigation chief Bakri Zinin said the syndicate bought babies from women, mainly...

Monday, 14 December 2009

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2009-12-14 India tests nuclear capable ballistic missileBHUBANESHWAR: India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a ship near the east coast on Sunday, a defence official said. The Dhanush, which has a short range of 350 kilometres, is a...

Philippine tribal gunmen free 47 hostages after deal

2009-12-14 TRIBAL gunmen in the southern Philippines on Sunday released 47 hostages they had been holding for three days, after authorities agreed not to arrest them and animals were sacrificed.The ending to the ordeal was a rare piece of good news for the...

Pakistani troops kill about 22 militants, eye new fronts

2009-12-14 PAKISTANI troops have killed about 22 militants in the Kurram region on the Afghan border, officials said on Sunday, after the government said new fronts against militants in the northwest might be opened.The army launched a major offensive in the...

British PM Brown vows renewed measures to defeat Taliban

2009-12-14 BRITISH Prime Minister Gordon Brown vowed a renewed effort to defeat the Taliban insurgency during a visit to Afghanistan yesterday and hailed the next few months as critical.Brown arrived on an unannounced visit two weeks after ordering 500 extra...

Chinese editor demoted after Obama interview

2009-12-14 THE top editor of a Chinese newspaper that interviewed US President Barack Obama has been demoted, sources said, in a move they described as fallout from Communist Party censors' anger over its handling of the story.Xiang Xi, the top editor of the...

Obama brother, image ambassador in China

2009-12-14 THE half-brother of US President Barack Obama has been made an "image ambassador" for southern China's booming city of Shenzhen, state press reported Sunday.Mark Obama Ndesandjo was named image ambassador on Friday by the Shenzhen Youth...

Mass murder suspect held in central China

2009-12-14 POLICE in central China captured yesterday a man suspected of killing 12 people, including his father and relatives, and torching up to six homes, a government official said."The suspect was captured early this morning... and has been taken...

Myanmar General's future still uncertain

2009-12-14 AS MYANMAR gears up for rare elections due next year, eyes are turning to the fate of the country's ageing military strongman, Than Shwe, and a possible succession, exiled activists say.Described by critics as reclusive, paranoid and deeply in...

Malaysian royal's estranged wife ordered home

2009-12-14 THE estranged teenage model wife of a Malaysian prince was ordered by an Islamic court Sunday to return to her marriage and repay a 1.1 million ringgit debt, his lawyer said.Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said the northern Kelantan state Islamic High Court...

Thaksin's new Cambodia visit set to spark another diplomatic row

2009-12-14 FUGITIVE former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Cambodia yesterday, a month after a visit that sparked a diplomatic row when the Cambodian government refused Bangkok's request to extradite him.Thaksin came to Phnom Penh in November to...

Najib to offer CO2 cuts at Copenhagen

2009-12-14 MALAYSIA'S government will offer "credible" cuts in its emissions of carbon dioxide at the Copenhagen climate change summit in a bid to halt global warming, Prime Minister Najib Razak told Reuters yesterday.Najib will be among more than 110 world...

31 escape in daring Philippine jailbreak

2009-12-14 THIRTY-ONE people, including Muslim rebels linked to beheadings, escaped in a jailbreak that left two people dead in the strife-torn southern Philippines yesterday, officials said.One guard and an outsider assisting in the escape were killed in a...

Thailand to charge plane crew over illegal arms

2009-12-14 THAILAND will press charges against the crew of a plane forced to land in Bangkok and found to be carrying arms from North Korea, officials said on Sunday, adding it was unclear where the plane had been going.Military and police sources, declining...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Taliban driven out of key battleground: Pakistan PM

2009-12-13 PAKISTAN Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Saturday the army had driven the Taliban out of South Waziristan, a key battleground in the nation's fight against the extremists insurgency.Armed forces this year launched multiple operations across...

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2009-12-13 Garuda ex-pilot wins appeal over air crashJAKARTA: A former pilot for flag carrier Garuda Indonesia who crash-landed his plane in 2007 killing 21 people, has won his appeal against a two-year prison sentence, his lawyer said on Saturday. The...

Thaksin to visit three Asian countries

2009-12-13 FUGITIVE former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced Saturday on his online Twitter page that he will make a week-long trip to visit three Asian countries.His visit to Cambodia last month, to take up an economic advisory role with the...

US man on hunger strike in Myanmar

2009-12-13 A US citizen jailed in military-run Myanmar has gone on a hunger strike and is in deteriorating health, his fiancee and overseas lawyer said Friday.They said US diplomats have been prohibited from seeing Myanmar-born Kyaw Zaw Lwin, who also goes by...

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