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Friday, 13 November 2009

Hu highlights China’s success story at Apec CEO Summit

2009-11-13 The name says it all: “Rebuilding the Global Economy: Crisis and Opportunity.” This is the theme of the Apec CEO Summit taking place in Singapore. And there is no one more qualified to address this subject than President Hu Jintao of...

M'sia, Indonesia vow to mend ties

2009-11-13 MALAYSIA and Indonesia vowed yesterday to overcome a series of disputes that have soured their relationship, including maid abuse and territorial conflicts."Surely there will be differences in opinion between us occasionally," Indonesian President...

Two Koreas blame each other for naval clash

2009-11-13 NORTH KOREA accused South Korea's military yesterday of staging a naval clash this week to raise tensions on the peninsula, and said it would pay dearly for the provocation.Each side has blamed the other for Tuesday's brief but fierce exchange of...

ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-11-13 Giant iceberg heads towards NZSYDNEY: A giant iceberg twice the length of Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Stadium has been spotted floating off Australia and could be headed for New Zealand, scientists said on Thursday. The ice chunk, measuring...

Japan pledges US$5b on Afghanistan, Pakistan

2009-11-13 THE United States welcomed Wednesday a commitment by Japan to give five billion dollars of aid to Afghanistan and to implement quickly an earlier pledge to Pakistan.Japan's announcement on Tuesday came just ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit...

Maoists hold mass protest in Nepal capital

2009-11-13 THOUSANDS of Maoist activists took to the streets of Nepal's capital yesterday for one of the biggest anti-government protests since the former rebels lost power in May.Chanting "Down with the puppet government" and waving red flags, the...

America pledges strong alliance with Philippines

2009-11-13 US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton vowed yesterday to maintain a strong alliance with the Philippines as it fights Islamist militants who officials say are now using Iraq-style tactics.Clinton's two-day visit came amid a backdrop of persistent...

Clinton urges Karzai to weed out corruption

2009-11-13 US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday to show he was trying to weed out corruption, warning graft was at the heart of his government's woes."We are looking for measures of accountability and...

Australian PM vows to end racial attacks

2009-11-13 AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, on an official visit to New Delhi, vowed Thursday to take all possible action to end allegedly racial attacks on Indian students in Melbourne and Sydney.A series of assaults since May have strained ties between...

US, Myanmar leaders may cross paths at Asean

2009-11-13 US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has no plans for talks with Myanmar's leaders on the sidelines of a weekend Asian summit, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the opportunity might arise for her or Obama to meet them.Leaders of the reclusive...

Five troops killed in Pakistan offensive

2009-11-13 FIVE Pakistani troops were killed in an exchange of heavy fire as militants put up stiff resistance to a military offensive in the northwest tribal region, the army said yesterday.The fighting erupted as troops trying to clear Taliban fighters from...

Two pilots killed in Vietnam fighter jet crash

2009-11-13 A VIETNAMESE MiG-21 fighter jet crashed yesterday in the north of the country, killing the two pilots, a military source said. "The accident occurred around 14.00 after a very strong explosion," the officer from the Yen Bai provincial...

Cambodia, Thailand expel diplomats in Thaksin row

2009-11-13 CAMBODIA expelled a top Thai diplomat and Thailand reciprocated yesterday, deepening a huge row over Phnom Penh's naming of fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economics adviser.The tit-for-tat moves came as Thaksin, who was ousted...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Yudhoyono in Malaysia to mend strained ties

2009-11-12 INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was given a red-carpet welcome in Malaysia yesterday for a visit aimed at smoothing over the latest spats between the neighbours.Yudhoyono was greeted at Parliament Square by Malaysia's King Tuanku Mizan...

ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-11-12 Hu arrives in Singapore with panda offerSINGAPORE: China will give Singapore two giant pandas to mark 20 years of friendly ties between the two countries, Chinese President Hu Jintao said yesterday. Hu arrived in Singapore on Wednesday for an annual...

US, Japan may resolve base row in two months

2009-11-12 THE United States and Japan plan to resolve their row over a pact allowing US bases on Japanese territory "in an expeditious manner," probably within two months, a US official said yesterday.The controversy was discussed by US Secretary of...

10 Pakistan troops killed near Afghan border

2009-11-12 A LANDMINE attack and ambush killed 10 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border yesterday, in a sign that violence is spreading away from the frontlines of a major anti-militant offensive.Pakistan has pressed around 30,000 forces, backed by war...

Karzai to be inaugurated on Nov 19 as pressure mounts

2009-11-12 PRESIDENT Hamid Karzai will be sworn in on November 19 for another five years under the scrutiny of foreign leaders who Wednesday stepped up pressure on the Afghan leader to act against corruption.Karzai, 51, will be sworn in for his second five-...

US envoy's tour to N Korea still on

2009-11-12 A NAVAL skirmish between the two Koreas will not derail the Obama administration's plans to send its first envoy to Pyongyang to revive dormant nuclear talks, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.The rival Koreas exchanged gunfire...

Bhopal disaster site's tours plan angers survivors

2009-11-12 SURVIVORS of the world's worst industrial disaster in India's Bhopal city are outraged by plans to throw open the site to visitors 25 years after the tragedy that killed thousands.Announced this week by state authorities, the sealed pesticide plant...

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