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Friday, 22 January 2010

Australia PM calls for perspective over Indian attacks

2010-01-22 PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday urged India to keep perspective on a string of attacks on Indians in Australia, a day after New Delhi warned the violence could damage ties between the two nations.Rudd, speaking to reporters in Adelaide, said...

Leading presidential candidate Aquino pledges no new taxes

2010-01-22 PHILIPPINE Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the frontrunner in opinion polls ahead of national elections in May, said on Thursday he would not impose new taxes or increase tax rates if elected president.Aquino, in his first address to...

2 Muslim prayer halls attacked in Malaysia

2010-01-22 VANDALS tried to burn down two Muslim prayer rooms in Malaysia on Thursday, following a string of arson attacks on churches amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by Christians.Religious tensions have risen after a court ruled Dec...

Thai premier warns of more attacks after army HQ blast

2010-01-22 PRIME Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Thursday confirmed that Thailand's army headquarters had been attacked last week and warned that more attacks could be expected on government buildings.Abhisit said officers were investigating the incident that took...

Malaysia, India sign extradition treaty

2010-01-22 MALAYSIA and India on Wednesday witnessed a tectonic shift in relations with the signing of an extradition treaty, along with two other agreements.Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishnan signed the...

Vietnam court upholds jail terms in democracy banners case

2010-01-22 A VIETNAMESE appeals court upheld jail sentences Thursday for six dissidents convicted of anti-state acts just as Hanoi came under fire for the jailing of another group of democracy activists.The court in the northern port city of Haiphong confirmed...

Thursday, 21 January 2010

India may ask students not to go to Australia

2010-01-21 INDIAN Government could advise its students not to choose Australia for their higher studies if attacks on Indians continue in the future, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Tuesday.Krishna said...

IN BRIEF

2010-01-21 Indian police, students clashHYDERABAD: Indian police used batons and tear gas against stone-throwing protesters yesterday after two students committed suicide in an apparent macabre show of support for the creation of a new state. The clashes...

Al-Qaeda could provoke new India-Pakistan war: Gates

2010-01-21 US DEFENCE Secretary Robert Gates warned yesterday that South Asian militant groups were seeking to destabilise the entire region and could trigger a war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India.Reflecting anxiety in the region about New Delhi's...

Taiwan denies smuggling arms to Romania

2010-01-21 TAIWAN yesterday dismissed as "groundless" a report linking the brother of Romania's president to smuggling obsolete Taiwanese arms.Taipei-based Next Magazine reported that Mircea Basescu, brother of President Traian Basescu, was suspected of...

Cambodia expands crackdown on foreign paedophiles

2010-01-21 A RUSSIAN businessman accused of sexually abusing 19 children in Cambodia appealed against his conviction yesterday in a case that highlights an expanding crackdown to rid the impoverished country of paedophiles.Lawyers for Alexander Trofimov, who...

Afghan forces to number 300,000 by 2011

2010-01-21 AN AFGHAN-UN body yesterday approved a government recommendation to boost police and army numbers to about 300,000 by mid-2011, a step towards reaching a 400,000-strong security force.The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, chaired by Afghan...

Indonesia safe for travellers

2010-01-21 INDONESIA said yesterday that the country is safe for travellers as its law enforcement officers have taken high security measures to protect the nation from any terrorist threat.Commenting on the travel advisory issued to media by the Australia's...

Najib in India to bolster relations

2010-01-21 INDIA rolled out a full state ceremonial welcome for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace) yesterday.On a cold and foggy winter morning, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gurshana Kaur,...

US seeks broader dialogue with Myanmar

2010-01-21 THE United States has planned to meet officials from Myanmar soon and will seek more evidence it is ready to enact political reforms in return for broader dialogue with Washington, a senior US official said on Tuesday.Assistant Secretary of State...

'Red shirt' rally won't disturb Bangkok airport

2010-01-21 THAI "red shirt" demonstrators are planning a symbolic rally next week near Bangkok's main airport, but insisted yesterday there would be no repeat of a crippling blockade a year ago by a rival protest movement.The anti-government group...

'Syariah police' rape case sparks debate in Aceh

2010-01-21 THE Syariah police force in Indonesia's Aceh province should be disbanded after three officers were charged with gang-raping a woman in custody, rights activists said yesterday.Activists said the force did nothing but harass women about their...

Malaysian police arrest 8 over church firebombing

2010-01-21 MALAYSIAN police said yesterday they have arrested eight people over the firebombing of a church earlier this month, the first in a spate of attacks that have escalated ethnic tensions.The attacks on churches across predominantly Muslim Malaysia...

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Two Koreas talking business despite political threats

2010-01-20 A SOUTH KOREAN team held talks in North Korea yesterday about a joint business project despite last week's threats from Pyongyang to cut contacts and launch a possible attack on its neighbour.The two sides began two days of talks to discuss ways to...

US, Japan try to adapt to rising China

2010-01-20 JAPAN and the United States reaffirmed their five-decade security alliance yesterday, vowing to expand ties into new areas even as they squabble over the relocation of a US Marine base.They will work with China and also jointly deal with North Korea...

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