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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New holiday cheers Borneo minorities

2009-10-20 MALAYSIA'S government declared a new annual holiday yesterday to mark the date that two states on Borneo island joined the country — a long-awaited gesture to placate ethnic minorities in the states who complain of being sidelined.Prime...

Climate change 'sin of rich states'

2009-10-20 CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged rich countries to take more responsibility for causing climate change, saying poorer nations were the ones to suffer the fall-out."All of us poor countries do not cause climate change. (We) would...

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2009-10-20 Thai king's condition 'good', no fever: palaceBANGKOK: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's condition is good and he no longer has fever, the palace said yesterday, 30 days after he was admitted to hospital suffering from fever and fatigue. Concerns...

NATO wants clarity in Kabul before troop move

2009-10-20 THE head of NATO urged member states yesterday to boost their commitments to Afghanistan but said more clarity was needed in Afghan politics before the alliance decides on any substantial increase in troop levels.Allegations of widescale fraud in...

Pakistan targets Taliban chiefs

2009-10-20 PAKISTAN vowed yesterday to target Taliban leaders and deal a killer blow to the Islamists as it pressed a major offensive Western military chiefs said was key to regional stability.The army said 78 militants had been killed in the operation which...

Hatoyama gets over 70% of support

2009-10-20 THE cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama enjoys approval ratings of more than 70 per cent a month after taking office, surveys showed yesterday.The cabinet, installed on September 16 after Hatoyama's centre-left Democratic Party ousted...

Seoul sees N Korea uranium plan as 'very worrying'

2009-10-20 SOUTH KOREA yesterday said North Korea's admission that it had an enriched-uranium programme was a "very worrying" problem and questioned whether the country was committed to disarming.North Korea said last month it had reached the final...

Indonesia president faces challenges in new term

2009-10-20 INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) is to be sworn in today for a second term with an agenda headed by the need to enact bureaucratic reforms, fix infrastructure, amend labour laws, and attract investment.Yudhoyono, re-elected in...

Monday, 19 October 2009

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2009-10-19 Indonesia to launch surveillance droneJAKARTA: Indonesia plans to launch a drone plane called "Puna" next year to support national defence and monitor extremist activity, an official said yesterday. "Puna, an unmanned small aircraft,...

60 militants dead as Pakistan army pushes into Waziristan

2009-10-19 PAKISTANI forces exchanged heavy fire yesterday with Taliban defending their heartland, a day after launching an offensive aimed at bringing the writ of the state to lawless lands on the Afghan border.The army said 60 militants and five soldiers had...

US-Japan ties get early test ahead of Obama visit

2009-10-19 A TRIP by the US defense secretary to Tokyo this week will offer an early test of ties with Japan's new government, which swept to power last month promising a more independent path from Washington.The change of guard in Japan has raised uncertainty...

North Korea hoping for summit with South

2009-10-19 NORTH KOREA has been seeking a summit between the leaders of the rival Koreas, an official in Seoul said yesterday, marking another step in its attempts to reach out to the world after being hit by UN sanctions.The impoverished North has been stung...

Intense efforts to end Afghan election crisis

2009-10-19 FRANCE'S top diplomat said yesterday Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his main challenger seemed willing to work together as international efforts intensified to end the crisis over disputed polls.Diplomats and Afghan officials said talks are...

Thai billboard of Hitler causes diplomatic flap

2009-10-19 A HIGHWAY billboard using a saluting Adolf Hitler to advertise a Thai wax museum has been covered up after complaints from the Israeli and German ambassadors, the museum's manager said yesterday."The idea came from a creative (advertising)...

Aussies assist boats in distress

2009-10-19 THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is helping Malaysian and Indonesian agencies after two boats were reported being in distress, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported yesterday.Hundreds of people believed to be heading to...

'Cruel' typhoon to spare Manila, may hit north

2009-10-19 PHILIPPINE disaster response agencies packed tons of food aid, readied helicopters and prepared a massive evacuation plan in the mountainous north yesterday as another typhoon threatened the country after back-to-back storms killed more than 800...

S Korea, Vietnam presidents to meet

2009-10-19 THE leaders of South Korea and Vietnam will meet this week to boost ties and sign a raft of economic deals after a recent hiccup in relations over the Vietnam War, officials said.President Lee Myung-bak and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Minh...

Philippine Muslim rebels seek US support for peace

2009-10-19 LEADERS of the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group said yesterday they had met US diplomats and called for Washington's involvement to help broker a peace deal.The meeting between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim and...

ASEAN meet to discuss economic ties, disasters

2009-10-19 CLOSER economic ties and ways of coping better with devastating natural disasters in the region will be on the agenda as Asian leaders gather in Thailand this week, analysts and diplomats said.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meets...

600,000 foreigners in Sabah

2009-10-19 A TOTAL of 610,614 foreigners have been detected so far in operations in the west coast and east coast of Sabah, Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.He said the number consisted of 5,643 illegal immigrants identified under the first phase of...

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