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Monday, 5 October 2009

Taliban attack on Afghan outposts kills 8 US soldiers

2009-10-05 US FORCES suffered one of their bloodiest days in eight years of war in Afghanistan with eight soldiers killed when their remote outposts were overrun by hundreds of Taliban , officials said yesterday.The dawn raid on Saturday saw rebels sweep down...

Timor deputy PM 'abused power' in UN job scandal: leaked report

2009-10-05 TIMOR Leste's deputy prime minister abused his power by securing a plum United Nations job for his wife in which she was overpaid thousands of dollars, a leaked ombudsman's report alleges.The July 9 report by East Timor's Ombudsman Sebastiao Ximenes...

S Korea refuses North's demand to return defectors

2009-10-05 NORTH Korea has demanded South Korea to repatriate a group of 11 North Koreans who defected by sea last week, but the South does not intend to return them, the Unification Ministry said yesterday.The 11 crossed into southern waters off the divided...

Former Japan finance minister found dead

2009-10-05 FORMER Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who resigned his key post after being forced to deny he was drunk at a G7 news conference in February, has died, Tokyo police said yesterday.Authorities were trying to determine the cause of the 56-...

Hopes fade for finding more survivors in Indonesia quake

2009-10-05 RESCUERS held out scant hope yesterday of finding more Indonesian quake survivors, leaving clean-up teams the grim task of retrieving the decaying bodies of thousands of victims from the rubble.The military and emergency crews pushed deeper into...

China's Wen told: North Korea open to nuclear talks

2009-10-05 NORTH KOREA told visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday that it was open to bilateral and multilateral talks on its nuclear programmes, China's state television reported.The report said the comments were made by North Korean Premier Kim Yong-...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Quake landslides wipe out four Indonesian villages

2009-10-04 AT LEAST four Indonesian villages were obliterated by earthquake-triggered landslides that buried as many as 644 people including a wedding party under mountains of mud and debris, officials said yesterday.The full extent of Wednesday's 7.6-...

Extra US troops for north, west Afghanistan: official

2009-10-04 EXTRA troops called for by the head of foreign forces in Afghanistan would be sent mainly to the north and west of the country, the US military said yesterday."It is where we have the fewest troops," a US official told AFP on condition of...

ASIA NEWS BRIEFS

2009-10-04 Pakistan to probe Internet beating clipISLAMABAD: Pakistan's military has ordered an inquiry into a video clip apparently showing members of the security forces viciously beating suspected rebels, the army spokesman said yesterday. The 10-minute...

3 dead as new typhoon tears into Philippines

2009-10-04 AT LEAST three people died yesterday as Typhoon Parma tore roofs of houses and dumped heavy rain across the Philippines, piling further misery on the Southeast Asian nation after floods claimed 293 lives.However the typhoon stayed away from Manila,...

Afghan election bias claims damaged UN, says main rival

2009-10-04 THE main rival for the Afghan presidency yesterday said the United Nations' credibility had been "seriously damaged" by claims of bias levelled at the world body's special envoy in Kabul.Abdullah Abdullah said there were "serious questions" about...

Toll in India floods rises to 172: officials

2009-10-04 THE death toll from the worst flash floods and heavy rains in decades in southern India rose to at least 172 people yesterday, officials said, as authorities stepped up rescue efforts.At least 145 people died in the state of Karnataka where army...

ASEAN offers help

2009-10-04 DEPUTY Secretary General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sayakane Sisouvong met with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G Romulo yesterday to offer assistance to typhoon Ketsana victims, China's Xinhua news agency...

Suu Kyi in rare meeting with junta minister

2009-10-04 MYANMAR'S opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with a minister from the ruling junta yesterday, a government source said, a week after she offered to work for withdrawal of sanctions on the country.The detained Nobel laureate met...

Saturday, 3 October 2009

ASIA NEWS BRIEFS

2009-10-03 Jail term for 'yellow shirt' leaderBANGKOK: The leader of Thailand's "Yellow Shirt" protest movement was handed a six-month jail sentence yesterday for defaming a former Thai foreign minister, a court official said. Media mogul Sondhi...

Indonesia scrambles to dig out trapped quake victims

2009-10-03 QUAKE-HIT Indonesia appealed for foreign aid yesterday as the stench of decomposing bodies hung over wrecked buildings where overwhelmed rescuers were scrabbling for survivors.In the city of Padang, which was devastated by Wednesday's 7.6-magnitude...

Philippine villagers flee new typhoon; state of calamity up

2009-10-03 TENS of thousands of villagers fled the likely path of a powerful typhoon bearing down yesterday on the Philippines, as the government braced for the possibility of a second disaster just days after a storm killed more than 420 in four Southeast...

Thailand may use ISA for ASEAN summit

2009-10-03 THAILAND may impose a harsh security law during a summit of Asian leaders this month to keep protesters away after violence forced the cancellation of an April summit, the country's army chief said yesterday.The Internal Security Act would allow...

Pakistan army 'abuses' on video

2009-10-03 VIDEO apparently showing Pakistani soldiers beating men detained in anti-militant operations has surfaced on the Internet, drawing criticism from a leading rights group and possibly undercutting support for the army's fight against al-Qaeda and the...

2 rescued days after killer temblor

2009-10-03 RESCUERS pulled two women alive from their collapsed college, nearly two days after a powerful earthquake devastated western Indonesia, as cries for help from a flattened hotel spurred the frantic search for more survivors yesterday.The government...

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