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Thursday, 20 August 2009

China failing on Myanmar: US Senator

2009-08-20 CHINA has failed to show leadership in solving the political stalemate in Myanmar, a United States senator who made a landmark visit to the military-ruled country said in Vietnam yesterday.Senator Jim Webb arrived in Vietnam after securing at the...

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

'Nature may be Taiwan's biggest enemy'

2009-08-19 TAIWAN'S leader said yesterday the military will make evacuations and rescue operations one of its main roles as extreme weather events such as Typhoon Morakot and climate change now pose a bigger threat.Ten days after the typhoon hit the island,...

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2009-08-19 China snubs Australia over KadeerSYDNEY: Australia yesterday said a "most unhappy" China had axed a senior minister's visit in retaliation for letting exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer into the country, dealing another blow to troubled...

Japan vote drive starts

2009-08-19 JAPAN'S election campaign kicked off yesterday, two weeks before polls in which the centre-left opposition party is widely tipped to take power for the first time.The conservative government of embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso has lagged in opinion...

Kabul under attacks before historic Afghan elections

2009-08-19 TALIBAN attacks rocked Afghanistan yesterday two days before elections as suicide bombers killed more than 12 people, including UN staff and NATO troops, and a rocket slammed into the presidential compound.The violence, striking at the heart of the...

Pakistan captures top Taliban spokesman

2009-08-19 PAKISTANI security forces have captured a top Taliban spokesman, officials said yesterday, in another blow to militants after the reported death of their boss, warlord Baitullah Mehsud.The bearded and burly Maulvi Omar, a leading spokesman for the...

S Korea readies for first space rocket launch

2009-08-19 SOUTH KOREA was yesterday counting down to the launch of its first space rocket, a move aimed at joining Asia's space race despite protests from rival North Korea.Officials said the rocket partially built by Russia would blast off late yesterday...

Philippines moves to recover million guns ahead of vote

2009-08-19 PHILIPPINE police yesterday warned political warlords to turn in unlicensed firearms ahead of the May 2010 presidential vote to prevent bloodshed among rival candidates.National police chief Director General Jesus Versoza said there were an...

Talks with MILF to continue: Philippines

2009-08-19 PEACE talks with the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group will continue despite the militants admitting ambushing government soldiers last week, an official said yesterday.Chief peace negotiator Avelino Razon told state radio that the...

Police look for al-Qaeda link to Jakarta blasts

2009-08-19 INDONESIAN police questioned two alleged militants yesterday about possible al-Qaeda links to twin suicide bombings in the capital last month that killed seven people, officials said.The men, who were detained on Saturday by special forces, may have...

Junta hails US Senator's visit

2009-08-19 MYANMAR'S junta-controlled state media said yesterday that a recent visit by a US senator was a "success for both sides" that could improve the tense relations between the two countries.Democratic Senator Jim Webb travelled to Myanmar at...

Thai govt warns of delay on Thaksin pardon ruling

2009-08-19 THAILAND'S government said yesterday it will take at least two months to deal with a petition seeking a royal pardon for fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after it was forwarded by the palace.More than 30,000 supporters of Thaksin, known as...

Malaysian short films on racism, religion go online

2009-08-19 A GROUP of Malaysian filmmakers has produced 15 short Internet movies on racism, corruption and religion a rare effort in a country where the mainstream media steer clear of such issues because of strict censorship.The first film, a humorous five-...

Hanoi denounces China's islands claim

2009-08-19 VIETNAM'S state-controlled media yesterday denounced China's claim to sovereignty over the South China Sea, suggesting the government is taking a stronger tack on the territorial dispute. The popular newspapers Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien both ran two-...

ASEAN may issue joint call for Suu Kyi amnesty

2009-08-19 REGIONAL officials will discuss a proposed joint call for Myanmar to free democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting in Jakarta later this week, a diplomatic source said yesterday.Thailand, the current chair of the Association of Southeast...

Former South Korean leader Kim Dae-jung dies

2009-08-19 PAST and present leaders joined ordinary South Koreans yesterday in mourning Kim Dae-jung, who fought for democracy against military rulers and struggled to make peace with North Korea when he finally became president."We lost a great political...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Thousands seek Thai royal pardon for fugitive Thaksin

2009-08-18 MORE than 30,000 "Red Shirt" supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra handed in a petition yesterday seeking a royal pardon for Thailand's fugitive former premier, deepening the kingdom's political rifts.Organisers said they had collected at least...

EU experts visit Taiwan after typhoon

2009-08-18 A TEAM of EU experts flew into Taiwan yesterday in response to a request for aid from Taipei following the worst typhoon in the island's history, officials in Brussels said.The team of four - one each from Britain, France, Sweden plus a liaison...

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2009-08-18 Car bomb kills six in NW PakistanPESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: A BOMB planted in a car exploded at a petrol station in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing six people including children in an attack claimed by Taliban militants, police officials said. The...

Asia faces food shortage without water reform

2009-08-18 ASIA could face chronic food shortages and social unrest if the region fails to improve its management of water and farming, according to a UN report published yesterday.An extra 1.5 billion people will live in Asia by 2050, putting even more...

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