Monday, 23 May 2011

US, Japan committed to relocate Okinawa military base: Campbell

2011-05-23 A TOP US diplomat yesterday underlined Washington's commitment to relocating an unpopular military base within Japan's southern Okinawa island, brushing aside calls to freeze the plan.A group of influential US senators urged the White House earlier...

Taiwan renews bid to buy submarines from US

2011-05-23 TAIWAN yesterday said it was still pursuing its bid to buy eight submarines and dozens of F-16 fighters from the United States despite warming relations with former arch-rival China.The Taipei-based China Times reported Sunday that Taiwan had...

Philippine president to discuss Spratlys with China

2011-05-23 PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III yesterday said he would discuss reported incidents between Philippine and Chinese ships and planes in the Spratlys with China's defence minister to ease tensions over the disputed islands.Aquino said he hoped his talks...

Vietnamese vote in one-party parliamentary elections

2011-05-23 VIETNAM held parliamentary elections yesterday in a vote designed to maintain the Communist Party's grip on power but unlikely to roll back the National Assembly's more active role in shaping policy. !Hanoians trickled into polling stations across a...

Thai police arrest top tiger trafficker

2011-05-23 THAI police have arrested an alleged kingpin in what could be the country's largest tiger trafficking ring, a wildlife protection group said yesterday. Sudjai Chanthawong, a Thai national, was detained on Saturday in the northeastern town of Udon...

Rights group urges caning repeal in Indonesia's Aceh

2011-05-23 RIGHTS group Amnesty International yesterday hit out at the use of caning in Indonesia's Aceh province, two days after the country secured a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council.Amnesty urged Jakarta to repeal a by-law used by the...

Singapore to cut huge salaries of president and cabinet

2011-05-23 PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday ordered a review of the multimillion-dollar salaries of Singapore's president and cabinet as part of measures to quell public anger after a landmark poll.He said President SR Nathan's salary of Sg$4.27 (US$3....

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Landslide buries 21 children at Malaysian orphanage

2011-05-22 A LANDSLIDE caused by heavy rains hit an orphanage in Malaysia yesterday, killing two children and burying at least 21 others.The incident took place at around 2:30 pm (0630 GMT) at the Children's Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage in Kampung...

IN BRIEF

2011-05-22 Indonesian VPmeets Chinese ministerJAKARTA: Indonesian Vice President Boediono met with visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie Friday. Boediono said that the bilateral relations between Indonesia and China have grown rapidly since the two...

Six dead in suicide attack at Kabul hospital

2011-05-22 SIX medical students were killed and 23 others wounded in a Taliban suicide attack at Afghanistan's main military hospital in Kabul yesterday, the defence ministry said.The blast took place in a tent used as a dining room by students at the city...

Japan, China, South Korea leaders visit nuclear region

2011-05-22 THE leaders of Japan, China and South Korea travelled to Fukushima yesterday in a show of solidarity over the ongoing nuclear crisis, visiting evacuees left homeless by the quake and tsunami.Ahead of a three-way summit, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto...

Leak from reactor 100 times more than allowed

2011-05-22 A WATER leak from Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power station earlier this month resulted in about 100 times the permitted level of radioactive material flowing into the sea, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said yesterday.!Tepco said the leak...

Authorities preventseparatist rally in Indian Kashmir

2011-05-22 AUTHORITIES in restive Indian Kashmir placed separatist leaders under house arrest yesterday to thwart a rally marking the anniversaries of the killing of two of the independence movement's key figures.It was the first time in over two decades that...

N Korean leader heads to southern China

2011-05-22 NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong-il headed yesterday to southern China on day two of a trip which experts said was aimed at showing he was still in charge of the impoverished and starving communist state.Kim inspected a car factory in the northeastern...

7 Vietnamese rights activists due to stand trial on May 30

2011-05-22 SEVEN rights campaigners are due to stand trial in Vietnam accused of attempting to overthrow the communist government, political opposition group Viet Tan said. All seven were arrested in summer 2010 and have not had access to families or lawyers,...

Gear up for general elections, Muhyiddin tells Umno members

2011-05-22 UMNO deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday reminded Umno leaders and members to focus on the upcoming general election and not do anything that could weaken the party. !Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister and Barisan Nasional...

Indonesia bans logging in peatlands, primary forests

2011-05-22 INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in peatland and primary forests in the republic. !Presidential advisor on climate change, Agus Purnomo, said the moratorium applied to all...

S'pore to review million-dollar cabinet pay

2011-05-22 SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday vowed to review the million-dollar salaries of cabinet ministers after voters expressed their anger over the issue in the May 7 election.Lee said he had appointed a committee to review ministers'...

15 dead in Nato tanker blast

2011-05-22 A BOMB attack yesterday on a Nato fuel tanker headed to Afghanistan sparked a huge fire that killed 15 people who had been scrambling to collect petrol leaking out from the bombed-out vehicle.The dead were all civilians, nine of them from the same...

Saturday, 21 May 2011

North Korean leader makes surprise visit to China

2011-05-21 NORTH Korea's iron ruler Kim Jong-il made a surprise visit to China on Friday, South Korean media reported, amid a series of confusing reports about who was involved and the purpose of the trip.South Korea's media quoted South Korean presidential...