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North Korea lashes out at 'blabbering' South Korean president SEOUL: North Korea issued a scathing personal attack Thursday on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, accusing her of breaking a moratorium on cross-border insults and behaving like a "blabbering" peasant woman.The attack referenced a speech Park made Monday at a nuclear summit in The Hague in which she voiced concern that Pyongyang's nuclear material could end up in terrorist hands, and warned of a possible Chernobyl-style disaster at the North's main Yongbyong nuclear complex.A spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said Park's remarks "violently trampled" on an agreement reached at rare, high-level talks last month for the two Koreas to stop "slandering" one another.If Park genuinely wants to see improvements in inter-Korean relations, "she first has to stop rambling recklessly and learn how to speak with discretion", the spokesman said in a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency."Even if someone else ...

Fewer missing, but questions grow over US landslide ARLINGTON: The number of people missing after a devastating US landslide has fallen to 90, officials said Wednesday while defending themselves over the disaster which has claimed as many as 24 lives so far.The confirmed death toll remained at 16 with 8 more bodies believed located, as an army of rescuers struggled in grim conditions amid the vast blanket of mud, timber and debris left by last weekend's mudslide.But Washington state governor Jay Inslee warned ...

South Korea, US launch massive landing drill amid tensions SEOUL: Nearly 15,000 South Korean and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill Thursday, the largest for two decades, a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles.Code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons"), the exercise on the South's southeastern coast will last until April 7 and involve around 10,000 US troops."The scale of this year's Ssang Yong is greater than any others in the past," a US military spokesman told AFP.The US forces ...

Hong Kong stocks open flat HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares opened flat Thursday, adding to the previous day's gains, but trade was cautious following a sell-off on Wall Street.The benchmark Hang Seng Index edged up 9.32 points to 21,897.07. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Tokyo stocks open 1.18pc lower TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened 1.18 percent lower Thursday as the yen rose on increasing risk aversion over the prospect of harsher sanctions against Russia for its takeover of Crimea.The Nikkei 225 fell 171.49 points to 14,305.67 at the start.The safe-haven yen rose against the dollar on Wednesday with risk aversion increasing as US President Barack Obama called for greater sanctions on Russia over Crimea.Obama said Wednesday that the United States and allies need to "step ...

Suharto nostalgia grows as Indonesia heads for elections KEMUSUK: Painted on the back of trucks and emblazoned across T-shirts, the smiling face of former Indonesian dictator Suharto has become a common sight across Java 16 years after his downfall. "How are you bro? Still better in my time, no?!" runs a phrase commonly printed alongside the late army general, toppled following more than three decades in power when the Asian financial crisis tore into Indonesia. As voters gear up for legislative elections next ...


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