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Thursday, 30 September 2010

CIA chief to hold key Pakistan talks

2010-09-30 CIA CHIEF Leon Panetta is due to hold talks with Pakistani leaders following a report that Western intelligence uncovered a major European terror plot hatched in Pakistan, an official said yesterday."Panetta will call on President Asif Ali...

Japan mulls troop shift in China row

2010-09-30 JAPAN is considering stationing troops near islands at the centre of a row with China, a news report said yesterday, but Beijing's move to ease mineral exports raised hopes for an easing of friction.Asia's two powerhouses have been embroiled for...

Japan urges Medvedev to cancel disputed islands visit

2010-09-30 PRESIDENT Dmitry Medvedev yesterday said the Kuril Islands were an important part of Russia and he planned a visit, sparking concern in Japan which claims part of the Pacific archipelago.Medvedev said he had been hoping to visit the islands - the...

'Drug trade benefits Myanmar army'

2010-09-30 MYANMAR'S armed forces are cashing in on the thriving illicit drug trade rather than trying to suppress it, striking deals with some ethnic militias growing opium near the border, according to a report yesterday.The report from Shan Drugs Watch, a...

Gunmen arrived days ahead of Philippine massacre

2010-09-30 A WITNESS in the trial of the Philippines' worst political massacre testified yesterday that a powerful clan trucked in gunmen days ahead of the attack and warned locals to flee the coming bloodbath.Prosecution witness Nuruddin Mauyag, 35, told the...

Singapore senior civil servant accused of fraud

2010-09-30 A SENIOR civil servant with a penchant for Italian supercars has been arrested for defrauding the government of about S$12 million officials said.It is reportedly the worst case of corruption in the city-state, which has a reputation for clean...

Singapore to impose Internet filters

2010-09-30 IN A MOVE to strengthen the ban on undesirable websites, the Singapore Government will direct internet service providers (ISPs) to provide internet filters to local users. It expected the ISPs to market the service actively to parents at the point-...

Rock bands blasted over Indonesia tobacco deal

2010-09-30 AUSTRALIAN, British and US rock bands including The Smashing Pumpkins and Stereophonics have been urged to withdraw from a music festival in Indonesia because of its tobacco sponsorship.Anti-tobacco activists and health experts from Australia, the...

Malaysia probes Aussie woman's base-jumping death

2010-09-30 MALAYSIAN police said yesterday they were investigating the death of an Australian woman in a base-jumping accident, but that they did not suspect foul play.Kylie Tanti, 42, was doing her third practice jump at the 165-metre-high Alor Setar Tower in...

Asean committedto minimising workplace accidents

2010-09-30 THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is committed to lowering the number of accidents and illnesses at work in the region, Antara news agency reported a senior official as saying."Minimising the number of accidents and illnesses...

Saudi envoy to Asean presents credentials

2010-09-30 THE Secretary-General of Asean yesterday received the Letter of Credentials from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Asean, Abdulrahman Mohammed Amen Al-Khayyat, said a statement issued by the Asean Secretariat yesterday.In welcoming...

Staunch Thaksin foe takes command of Thai army

2010-09-30 A NEW commander-in-chief is taking the helm of Thailand's powerful army - a staunch royalist who is expected to pursue a hardline stance against the "Red Shirt" anti-government protest movement.General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, 56, takes charge...

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Son propped up in Pyongyang

2010-09-29 NORTH KOREA's ailing leader Kim Jong-il gave his youngest son his first public title yesterday, naming him a general in a move analysts said marked the first stage of dynastic succession in the secretive state.State media mentioned Kim Jong-un for...

IN BRIEF

2010-09-29 Typhoon Fanapi tollreaches 100: reportBEIJING: The death toll from Typhoon Fanapi, which hit China last week, has now reached 100 and the storm has caused more than five billion yuan (US$760 million) in losses, news reports said yesterday. Another...

Karzai weeps as he urges faster Afghan peace effort

2010-09-29 AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai wept yesterday as he called on Afghans to "come to their senses" and move faster towards peace, or risk seeing the next generation flee abroad and lose their Afghan identity.Afghans must live and work in...

Petraeus sees Taliban overtures

2010-09-29 THE commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan said yesterday that the Taliban are approaching the Afghan government and foreign forces about laying down arms after almost nine years of insurgency.US General David Petraeus, who commands more than 150,...

US drone kills top AfPak Qaeda chief

2010-09-29 AL-QAEDA'S operational chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan's lawless tribal border areas, Pakistani security officials said yesterday.A covert American drone campaign has recently ramped up attacks on...

Myanmar monk gets 15-year jail

2010-09-29 A COURT in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a monk to 15 years in prison for "anti-election" activities, his lawyer said yesterday.Oakkan Tha was convicted last Monday in a special court at Yangon's Insein prison for breaching the...

Myanmar tells UN it sees fair poll

2010-09-29 THE foreign minister of Myanmar vowed yesterday that the country's ruling junta will do its best to ensure that a November 7 general election, which rights groups have declared a sham, is "free and fair."Speaking at the annual meeting of...

Rebel not right for Nobel prize: China

2010-09-29 CHINA said yesterday the Nobel committee should not award its Peace Prize to a jailed Chinese intellectual seen as a contender, but declined to say whether honouring him would harm ties with Norway.Liu Xiaobo, a 54-year-old writer, was jailed for 11...

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