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Monday, 11 April 2011

Ishihara re-elected Tokyo governor

2011-04-11 SHINTARO ISHIHARA, famous for his often provocative nationalistic remarks, won a fourth term as Tokyo governor yesterday in local elections dominated by last month's massive disaster in Japan.Exit polls and media projections showed the novelist-...

Tokyo needs quake plan rethink

2011-04-11 MORE than 10,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, nearly one million buildings destroyed, millions forced to evacuate and a fifth of Japan's economy wiped out.That's the scenario forecast if a huge magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Japan's...

Japan will 'never abandon' tsunami victims

2011-04-11 PRIME MINISTER Naoto Kan promised yesterday he would "never abandon" survivors of Japan's tsunami as he tried to focus attention on the future, despite a high-stakes battle at a nuclear plant.Kan, on only his second trip to the disaster...

'Red shirts' mark Bangkok unrest

2011-04-11 THOUSANDS of red-shirted, anti-government protesters gathered yesterday in Bangkok's old quarter to mark the one-year anniversary of violent clashes with the military in which 26 people were killed and more than 800 wounded. "We are mourning...

Philippines: Thousands defy volcano warnings

2011-04-11 THOUSANDS of people living near a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital defied official warnings to evacuate yesterday as fears of an eruption grew.Only 77 people living near the crater of Taal Volcano left the island, a popular...

Third party may decide on M'sia-Indonesia maritime dispute

2011-04-11 MALAYSIAN Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said on Sunday the border dispute between Malaysia and Indonesia may need to be referred to a third party or an international arbitration if ongoing talks to resolve the matter remain deadlocked.He said the...

Thai floods death toll rises to 60

2011-04-11 SEVERE flooding in the southern provinces of Thailand has killed 59 people, totally destroyed 396 homes, and damaged 5,769 roads and 1.1 million rai of farmland, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. Nakhon Si Thammarat saw...

PKR sacks 12 over indiscipline

2011-04-11 TROUBLE flared in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) state election campaign when it emerged that nine of its members are standing as independents in the April 16 state election.This means that almost a quarter of the 41 independents contesting in the...

M'sia urges Manila-MILF pact

2011-04-11 THE Philippines government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) need to find the best solution so that a peace settlement agreement that was supposed to have been signed in 2008, can proceed quickly.Malaysian Deputy Defence Minister Dr Abdul...

Sarawak still awaiting for study on rail link

2011-04-11 THE Sarawak government is still waiting for the completion of a feasibility study on a railway link beginning from the Samalajau Industrial Park in Bintulu to Tanjung Manis, here.Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said Saturday night the link was...

Chinese voters warned of backlash if BN loses

2011-04-11 MCA Secretary-General Kong Cho Ha is surprised that the urban Chinese in Sarawak don't seem to realise just how great a deal the community is getting from the state Barisan Nasional.Cautioning them against a BN government backlash if they fail to...

Sunday, 10 April 2011

IN BRIEF

2011-04-10 5.2-magnitude quakejolts PhilippinesMANILA: A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the Philippines yesterday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued. The earthquake struck at 2:29 am (18:29...

Indian social activist ends anti-graft hunger strike

2011-04-10 A 73-YEAR-OLD Indian social activist who staged a 98-hour hunger strike in protest over corruption ended his fast yesterday after the government agreed to his demands over a new anti-graft bill.Mahatma Gandhi devotee Anna Hazare began the hunger...

10 injured in Afghan suicide attack

2011-04-10 A SUICIDE bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul yesterday, wounding seven soldiers and three civilians, police said.The attacker approached the bus before detonating explosives strapped to his body.The blast left pools of blood in and around...

Pakistan court urges government to speed up Musharraf arrest

2011-04-10 A PAKISTANI court asked the government yesterday to speed up the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf amid uncertainty over whether Britain would honour a warrant for his arrest.Musharraf, who lives in self-imposed exile in London, is wanted...

Australian PM to visit Japan for relief talks

2011-04-10 AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Julia Gillard (pictured) is to visit Japan later this month, the foreign ministry in Tokyo announced, with talks expected to focus on disaster relief, local media said.The trip, which will last for four days from April 20,...

UN rights panel raps China over enforced disappearance

2011-04-10 A UN human rights panel on Friday expressed rare public concern at a wave of reported arrests of activists and lawyers in China, warning that so-called enforced disappearances were a crime under international law.The UN Working Group on Enforced or...

N Korea threatens action against US-S Korea drills

2011-04-10 NORTH KOREA warned Friday that its military would not remain a "passive onlooker" if South Korea and the United States continued joint military drills, state media reported.The threat came from Ri Yong-ho, a vice marshal of the North's...

Philippine volcano alert level raised

2011-04-10 MAGMA rising to the surface of a volcano on a popular island close to the Philippine capital prompted the government yesterday to push up its alert level and urge visitors to stay away.The second stage of a five-step alert system has been imposed...

US report airs concern on Myanmar, Vietnam

2011-04-10 THE United States said Friday that Myanmar had far more to do to improve human rights after freeing Aung San Suu Kyi, in a report that also aired concern over Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.In an annual survey on human rights, the State...

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