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Thursday, 15 October 2009

N Korea expresses rare regret over flood deaths

2009-10-15 NORTH KOREA yesterday expressed regret that its release of water into a river that flows across a military border with the South killed six campers downstream last month, a rare admission of fault by the reclusive state.The North also promised to...

India warns China over Kashmir project

2009-10-15 INDIA raised the pitch of an increasingly testy row with China over disputed border areas yesterday, warning Beijing about its involvement in Pakistan-administered Kashmir."The Chinese side is fully aware of India's position and our concerns...

Cambodia to raise border dispute at ASEAN meet: FM

2009-10-15 CAMBODIA'S foreign minister said yesterday that premier Hun Sen will raise the Thai border spat at an upcoming regional summit despite opposition from Thailand, which is hosting the meeting."The prime minister will raise the issue in the (...

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Japan to end Kabul refuelling mission

2009-10-14 JAPAN will in January end its Indian Ocean naval refuelling mission that supports the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan, the defence minister said yesterday."Japan will withdraw in an orderly way, based on the law" when legislation...

Thailand to invoke ISA ahead of ASEAN meet

2009-10-14 THE Thai cabinet agreed yesterday to invoke a harsh internal security law for 10 days in central Bangkok to control mass rallies by anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters, the prime minister said.Abhisit Vejjajiva said the measure would be...

ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-10-14 1,000 Chinese children poisoned with lead BEIJING: Nearly 1,000 children in central China have tested positive for lead poisoning in the latest environmental scandal to erupt in the nation's smelting industry, state press said yesterday. The news...

North Korea to fire more missiles

2009-10-14 NORTH KOREA was yesterday reportedly preparing to fire more short-range missiles, a move seen as an attempt to boost its bargaining position ahead of expected talks on ending its nuclear weapons programme.Analysts say the missiles serve as a...

China slams Singh's visit to disputed area

2009-10-14 INDIA and China traded diplomatic jabs yesterday over a recent visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to a border region at the core of a long-standing dispute between the neighbours.Singh visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 3 to campaign ahead of...

Pakistan bombs Taliban hideouts

2009-10-14 PAKISTAN fighter jets pounded Taliban sanctuaries yesterday, as a minister defended intelligence agencies after a bloody week which saw 125 people killed in a wave of militant strikes.Interior Minister Rehman Malik once again vowed to wipe out the...

Karzai rejects vote fraud

2009-10-14 AFGHANISTAN President Hamid Karzai yesterday rejected as "totally fabricated" allegations that irregularities marred as much as 30 per cent of balloting in August's election."There were irregularities. There must have been also fraud committed, no...

Manila bans infant milk in flood camps

2009-10-14 THE Philippine government has reiterated the order to ban donations of infant milk products in the evacuation centres as feeding milk formula to babies during emergencies and disasters can endanger their lives due to lack of adequate safe water. Due...

M'sia's leader pledges to reform UMNO

2009-10-14 MALAYSIA'S prime minister promised yesterday to reform his ruling Malay party to stamp out deep-seated corruption and make it more acceptable to ethnic minorities in efforts to revive ailing support.Najib Razak said the United Malays National...

Abducted priest seen alive

2009-10-14 PHILIPPINE navy gunboats were deployed and road checkpoints set up yesterday to block the escape routes of suspected militants who abducted an Irish priest, authorities said.The dramatic efforts came as Michael Sinnott's church vowed not to pay any...

UN to revise Philippine flash appeal

2009-10-14 THE UN is to revise its flash appeal made on 7 October for the Philippines, which faces massive reconstruction and rehabilitation challenges after cyclones devastated many areas and killed at least 684 people, the body's humanitarian chief, John...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

ASIA NEWS IN BRIEF

2009-10-13 Indonesia stoning law is 'torture' JAKARTA: A new law mandating death by stoning for adulterers in Indonesia's deeply Islamic Aceh province advocates "torture" and should be overturned, US-based group Human Rights Watch said yesterday....

Pakistan attackers demanded release of 'terrorists': army

2009-10-13 TALIBAN gunmen who took 42 people hostage at Pakistan's army headquarters were demanding the release of about 100 rebels, an army spokesman said yesterday, as the death toll from the siege rose to 23.Giving the first detailed account of the...

Cases against Mumbai 'brains' quashed

2009-10-13 A PAKISTANI court quashed yesterday two cases against a man whom India accuses of masterminding last year's Mumbai attacks, but he remains under virtual house-arrest.The court ruling is likely to anger India, which says the rebel leader, Hafiz...

Afghan quits poll fraud panel

2009-10-13 ONE of the two Afghans on a UN-backed commission looking into vote fraud in the August presidential election resigned yesterday, citing interference by foreigners. Officials acknowledged errors and miscommunication have plagued the investigation...

Putin in China for trade, political talks

2009-10-13 RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin landed in Beijing late yesterday for a three-day visit to China during which the nations are to sign a raft of trade agreements and tighten political ties.Putin will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen...

6 meted death for Xinjiang riots

2009-10-13 CHINA sentenced six people to death yesterday over deadly July riots in its restive Xinjiang region, state media reported, delivering on a vow of harsh retribution over the ethnic unrest.The six were convicted of murder and other crimes by a court...

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