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Monday, 1 March 2010

India tests war readiness close to Pakistan border

2010-03-01 INDIAN fighter jets pounded mock enemy bunkers close to the Pakistan border on Sunday in a symbolic show of air power at a time when the two nuclear-armed rivals are trying to improve relations. The exercise was watched by military attaches from...

Thousands flee on Philippine tsunami alert

2010-03-01 THOUSANDS living in Philippine provinces facing the Pacific Ocean evacuated their homes early Sunday hours before a tsunami from a major quake near Chile was expected to arrive, officials said.Officials said the evacuations were orderly, with...

Asean economic integration on track

2010-03-01 ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan yesterday defended the bloc's efforts towards economic integration by 2015, saying progress is "on track" despite concerns aired at ministerial talks.The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean...

Sunday, 28 February 2010

IN BRIEF

2010-02-28 19 killed in fireworks explosionBEIJING: Nineteen people were killed and 50 injured in southern China after a family celebrating the Lunar New Year with fireworks triggered an explosion, state media reported Saturday.The blast occurred Friday night...

Suicide bomber kills four in NW Pakistan

2010-02-28 A SUICIDE car bomber killed three policemen and a child on Saturday in an attack on a police station in a northwestern Pakistani town, police said. Al-Qaeda-linked Pakistani opposition fighters have carried out numerous attacks on members of the...

Abu Sayyaf men kill 11 in Philippines

2010-02-28 AL-QAEDA-LINKED insurgents killed 11 people in the southern Philippines yesterday, hours after two hostages they were holding walked free, the government said.Members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group and other gunmen raided the town of Maluso on...

Australia piles pressure on Israel over fake passports

2010-02-28 AUSTRALIA stepped up pressure on Israel yesterday over fake passports linked to the murder of a top Hamas commander, saying it was yet to receive a satisfactory explanation.Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said his centre-left government had an "...

Thai king leaves hospital for palace visit

2010-02-28 THAILAND'S revered king left hospital yesterday and travelled to his palace in Bangkok, police told AFP, with media reports saying he was attending a private function.National radio said King Bhumibol Adulyadej was attending a private function at...

Nervous Asia-Pacific on tsunami watch after quake

2010-02-28 A HUGE arc of Pacific nations from New Zealand to Japan went on tsunami alert yesterday after the giant earthquake in Chile, readying emergency plans instituted after the Indian Ocean disaster of 2004.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned dozens...

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi freedom bid

2010-02-27 MYANMAR'S Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Aung San Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest, her lawyer said, keeping her in detention ahead of polls promised by the junta for this year.The opposition leader, locked up by the regime...

Pakistani court blocks extradition of Taliban

2010-02-27 A PAKISTAN court yesterday barred the government from sending captured Afghan Taliban leaders abroad a day after Afghanistan said Pakistan had agreed to hand over a top militant commander.US ally Pakistan has captured at least four senior Taliban...

N Korea detains four S Koreans

2010-02-27 NORTH KOREA said yesterday it had detained four South Koreans for illegal entry a day after tensions rose over Seoul's joint military exercises with the United States.A Seoul activist said that the four, whom he suspected were Christian evangelists...

Islamic Relief to withdraw from Bangladesh Rohingya camp

2010-02-27 UK-BASED charity Islamic Relief will withdraw on 28 February from a makeshift camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh due to a lack of government support. Close to 13,000 undocumented Rohingya receive much-needed humanitarian aid at the 20...

S'pore boat found in Philippines

2010-02-27 THE Singapore-registered tugboat which was hijacked with its chief engineer off Pulau Tioman on Feb 6 was found in Philippine waters on Thursday.The twist is that the missing tugboat named "Asta" was found with a new name "Roxy-I...

IN BRIEF

2010-02-27 Australia warns Japan over whalingSYDNEY: Australia yesterday warned Japan that "diplomacy comes to an end this year" on whaling, after presenting a bold plan to phase out the controversial hunts in the Southern Ocean. Prime Minister Kevin...

M'sia warns paper over caning comments

2010-02-27 MALAYSIA'S home ministry said Thursday it had threatened to penalise one of the country's top-selling dailies over an article which was critical of the recent caning of three Muslim women."We have issued a show-cause letter to the Star...

Price hike turns Labuan into isolated island

2010-02-27 IF EVERYTHING goes according to plan, Labuan will be an attractive holiday and business destination by 2015.However, its residents are sceptical it can be achieved, unless the issue of the high prices of goods on the island is resolved.Various...

Taliban attacks in central Kabul kill 16

2010-02-27 TALIBAN fighters opened fire, hurled grenades and staged suicide bombings in central Kabul yesterday, killing at least 16 people in defiance of the Western-backed government and a Nato offensive.An Italian diplomat and Indian government officials...

Thai court seizes Thaksin's fortune

2010-02-27 THAILAND'S highest court said yesterday that it would confiscate more than half of Thaksin Shinawatra's US$2.3-billion ($3.23 billion) fortune after ruling that the fugitive former premier had abused his power.After reading out a lengthy seven-hour...

Friday, 26 February 2010

India, Pakistan take 'first step' to rebuild trust

2010-02-26 INDIA said yesterday its first official talks with Pakistan in 14 months had been a "first step" towards putting their volatile relationship back on track after the devastating 2008 Mumbai attacks.Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and...

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