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Monday, 10 May 2010

Police, Maoist protesters clash in Nepal

2010-05-10 RIOT police in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu fired tear gas on Sunday to quell Maoist protesters who have staged a week of street rallies in the city demanding the government step down.The Maoists had enforced a general strike closing all shops and...

US drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

2010-05-10 AT LEAST 10 militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a compound in Pakistan's tribal area on Sunday, officials said, amid renewed US pressure on Islamabad to combat the rebels.The strike in North Waziristan came after the head...

Japan to decide on controversial US base relocation plan today

2010-05-10 THE Japanese government is set to decide on Monday on a proposal to relocate a controversial US airbase, Kyodo News Agency reported on Sunday, but there was no sign Washington or local residents would agree to the plan.The row over relocating the...

Najib in Cambodia for three-day visit

2010-05-10 PRIME Minister Najib Razak arrived yesterday evening to begin his three-day official visit to Cambodia.The premier and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, were greeted upon arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport here at 6.50pm (Malaysian...

Anwar lashes out at govt as sex trial resumes today

2010-05-10 OPPOSITION leader Anwar Ibrahim, who returns to court today to face sodomy charges, said Malaysia's reputation is on trial in a case aimed at destroying his political career.Anwar, a former deputy premier who was sacked and jailed on separate sex...

Thai PM wants swift end to protests

2010-05-10 THAILAND'S premier called Sunday for a swift end to mass anti-government protests after two more people were killed, saying he had a back-up plan to solve the crisis if demonstrators refused to disperse.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva demanded the...

Violence on eve of Philippine elections claims five lives

2010-05-10 FIVE people were killed in the Philippines yesterday as tensions flared on the eve of national elections, which are expected to see favourite Benigno Aquino Jr win the presidency in a landslide. The build-up to the elections has been typically...

Powerful quake sparks panic in Aceh

2010-05-10 A POWERFUL quake with a magnitude of at least 7.2 hit the Indonesian province of Aceh yesterday, causing panic in an area that was devastated by the killer waves of the 2004 tsunami. Coastal residents fled from their homes and headed inland fearing...

Sunday, 9 May 2010

IN BRIEF

2010-05-09 Indonesian sentenced to deathKUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court has sentenced an Indonesian man to death by hanging for fatally shooting five people during a wedding reception in Sarawak state in 2007. The man, reportedly became angry and opened fire...

BN member must be committed, says Najib

2010-05-09 EVERY member of the Barisan Nasional (BN) and the machinery for the Sibu parliamentary by-election must be committed and inspired to ensure victory for the BN on polling day on May 16, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.The Prime Minister said every...

Philippine presidential bets wrap up campaigns

2010-05-09 PHILIPPINE presidential candidates wrapped up their election campaigns in a festival-style atmosphere on Saturday, as polling officials raced to deliver vote-counting software to remote precincts.Three months of intense campaigning were due to...

US officials to meet Suu Kyi

2010-05-09 UNITED STATES Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will visit army-ruled Myanmar in the next two days to meet with government ministers and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, a diplomat said on Saturday.Campbell, Washington's top official...

'Red shirts' say attacks won't ruin peace process

2010-05-09 THAILAND'S anti-government "red shirts" on Saturday denied involvement in deadly attacks on security forces near their protest base, and said the violence would not derail a reconciliation process.Grenade blasts and a drive-by shooting...

Indonesian tycoon gets top coalition job

2010-05-09 INDONESIA'S president has given a prominent tycoon a senior post in his coalition, in a sign the political old guard may be regaining influence at a critical time in a power struggle with reformers.The appointment of Suharto-era businessman Aburizal...

Now, Australian lawmaker stirs burqa controversy

2010-05-09 AN Australian politican's call to ban the burqa "for safety" following an armed robbery by a bandit wearing the Islamic veil has triggered heated public debate following similar moves in Europe.Senator Cory Bernardi sparked a national...

Malaysia by-election campaign begins in key Borneo state

2010-05-09 Victory by coalition could usher in early national pollsCAMPAIGNING began on Saturday for a Malaysian by-election in a government stronghold state whose outcome could boost Prime Minister Najib Razak's confidence to call snap national polls as early...

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Kim vows to work to revive N Korea nuclear talks

2010-05-08 NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong-il vowed during a visit to China this week to try to revive stalled nuclear disarmament talks, Beijing media said yesterday in its first confirmation of the secretive trip."Kim said that the DPRK (North Korea) will...

Aquino widens lead in Philippine presidential race

2010-05-08 BENIGNO Aquino looked set yesterday to emerge from a tumultuous election campaign as the next president of the Philippines with the release of a survey showing he had widened an already big lead over his rivals.Should the opinion polls be reflected...

China storm toll hits 58

2010-05-08 THE death toll from fierce storms and torrential rains that ravaged southern China this week has risen to at least 58 people with tens of thousands left homeless, state media reported yesterday.The extreme weather hit southern parts of China...

IN BRIEF

2010-05-08 Indonesian police arrest 12 terror suspectsJAKARTA: Indonesian police said yesterday they had arrested 12 terrorist suspects linked to a training camp discovered in Aceh province in February. National police spokesman Edward Aritonang said the men...

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