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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Japan PM Kan to replace No 2 minister

2011-01-13 JAPANESE Prime Minister Naoto Kan is on the brink of replacing his second in command, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday, a sacrificial move intended to clear the way for debate on the 2011/12 budget in a divided parliament.Kan, pressured by...

'Stealth jet test-flight should not scare US'

2011-01-13 CHINA told the United States on yesterday that its first test-flight of a stealth fighter jet should not be seen as a threat, reiterating that it had no intention of challenging US military might in the Pacific.China confirmed it held its first...

Indonesia slams Saudi maid abuse sentence

2011-01-13 INDONESIA said yesterday a three-year jail sentence given to a Saudi woman for brutally torturing her Indonesian maid was "too light", and promised to back an appeal in the Saudi courts.A court in the Saudi city of Madinah sentenced the...

Two Thais in Cambodia court on spying charges

2011-01-13 A THAI nationalist activist and his aide appeared in a Cambodian court Wednesday to face spying charges in a border case that could rekindle diplomatic tensions.The two are part of a group of seven Thai nationals - including lawmaker Panich...

Three charged over Mauritius honeymoon murder

2011-01-13 THREE cleaners at the five-star Legends hotel in Mauritius were charged Wednesday over the murder of the daughter of a top Irish sports personality on her honeymoon, police said.The three appeared before Mapou district court in the north of the...

Vietnam communists meet to choose leaders

2011-01-13 VIETNAM'S ruling communists begin talks yesterday to choose their leaders with the fast-growing economy under threat and the political system slowly evolving - though not fast enough for some, observers say.The one-party state is striving to build a...

Thai firms say 'red shirt' protests threaten jobs

2011-01-13 ANGRY Thai business operators in downtown Bangkok said yesterday that thousands of workers risked losing their jobs if anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters continued to rally twice a month.Tens of thousands of red-clad demonstrators...

Malaysian police face jail over beating of businessman

2011-01-13 MALAYSIA has charged five policemen for assaulting a businessman, in a case hailed by his lawyer yesterday as a rare but welcome action against police who are often accused of brutal behaviour.The five junior officers pleaded not guilty to the...

S'pore may curb news website ahead of elections

2011-01-13 SINGAPORE plans to impose restrictions on a liberal, popular news website ahead of general elections Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong may call this year.The Prime Minister's Office plans to designate "The Online Citizen" (www....

Assemblyman seeks audience with Sultan over entry in his blog

2011-01-13 THE Assemblyman for Sri Muda, Shuhaimi Shafiei, from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), is in the process of drafting a letter seeking for an audience with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, following the controversy arising from an...

IN BRIEF

2011-01-13 Woman slashes husband's first wife ALOR SETAR: A 28-year-old woman who was remanded for four days after she slashed her husband's first wife with a machete in a house in Kampung Baru, Sungai Korok last Friday, was ordered by Magistrate Ahsal Fariz...

Bernama cameraman identifies 2 assailants

2011-01-13 A MALAYSIAN National News Agency (Bernama) photographer who was allegedly assaulted by auxiliary policemen near the Integrated South-Bandar Tasik Selatan Transport Terminal (TBS-BTS) on Monday, managed to identify two of his assailants during an...

Five students in school bully case remanded

2011-01-13 THE Magistrate's Court yesterday ordered five Form Three students suspected to have assaulted a junior student at a school hostel here last Sunday to be remanded for four days from today. Court registrar Datin Chan Lee Fong ordered the three 15-year...

Manila, MILF officials to meet in Malaysia today

2011-01-13 THE Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group will hold informal talks today in Kuala Lumpur aimed at restarting negotiations to end more than 40 years of separatist conflict, sources said.The exploratory talks were...

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

China confirms stealth jet test-flight

2011-01-12 CHINA confirmed it held its first test-flight of a stealth fighter jet on Tuesday, a show of muscle during a visit by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates aimed at defusing military tensions between the two big powers.Gates said Chinese President Hu...

IN BRIEF

2011-01-12 N Korea kills five refugees inside ChinaSEOUL: North Korean border guards shot dead five refugees and wounded two others after pursuing them across the frontier into China last month, a South Korean newspaper reported yesterday. The incident...

Nato troops caused US$100 million damage

2011-01-12 A MAJOR coalition military operation in a volatile southern Afghan province has caused about US$100 million ($129 million) worth of damage to property, a government delegation said yesterday.President Hamid Karzai dispatched the delegation, led by...

Taiwan lets universities merge as students get scarcer

2011-01-12 TAIWAN has decided to allow public universities to merge as student numbers continue to shrink due to one of the world's lowest birth rates, an official with the education ministry said yesterday.President Ma Ying-jeou this month ordered "...

Bhutan police raid homes to stub out smoking habit

2011-01-12 BHUTAN police can raid homes of smokers in a search for contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honour a promise to become the world's first smoke-free nation.Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is...

US sees N Korea as direct threat

2011-01-12 NORTH KOREA is becoming a direct threat to the United States and could develop an inter-continental ballistic missile within five years, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said yesterday.Gates detailed the new US assessment of Pyongyang's...

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