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China tells banks to report terror suspicions BEIJING: China's central bank told financial institutions on Friday that they had an obligation to report transactions and accounts suspected of links to terror activities, as Beijing steps up a campaign to clamp down on suspected militants in the far west.China says it faces a threat from extremist Islamist groups in the restive Xinjiang region who have links abroad, though rights groups say the country overplays the risk to justify its harsh control of the strategically vital area.At least 91 people, several police officers among them, have been killed in violence in Xinjiang since last April, state media have reported.China has stepped up security in Xinjiang after a car ploughed into tourists on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October, killing three people occupants and two bystanders. China blamed the attack on Islamist militants.China in 2006 ratified an international convention to fight financing of terrorism, and the latest move ...


South Korea to cull more than 20,000 ducks after report of possible bird flu SEOUL: South Korea will cull more than 20,000 ducks after reporting its first possible outbreak of bird flu since 2011, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said a duck farm in Gochang, North Jeolla Province, about 300 km (186 miles) southwest of Seoul, was likely to have been contaminated by the H5N1 virus. Final tests are due out later on Friday.The suspected case of the virus was reported ...

Australia apologises to Indonesia for border violations SYDNEY: The Australian government said Friday it had apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters."We deeply regret these events," Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told a press conference.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa on Thursday night and "offered an unqualified apology on behalf of the Australian government for inadvertently entering Indonesia's territorial waters," Morrison said.She also gave "an assurance that such a breach of Indonesian territorial waters ...

22 hurt in blast at Bangkok opposition march BANGKOK: A bomb blast at an opposition protest march in Bangkok wounded at least 22 people, emergency officials said Friday, in the latest unrest during a "shutdown" of the capital aimed at ousting the government. "There are 22 injured," said an official from the city's Erawan emergency centre, adding that he had no information on the severity of the injuries. The protest movement's own Bluesky television channel said the number of wounded could be as ...

Uganda fights in South Sudan as UN decries atrocities JUBA: Uganda confirmed its troops are fighting alongside South Sudan's government against rebels as a UN envoy decried atrocities committed by both sides.Ceasefire talks, to end the conflict of over a month in which thousands have been killed, are deadlocked amid squabbling leaders and rebel demands for the release of political prisoners.A UN rights envoy in South Sudan said Thursday he had seen bodies in the streets that had been tied before being shot as ...

Two fisherman dead after cargo ship collision in Japan TOKYO: Two fisherman have died and another was fighting for his life after two boats collided with a cargo ship in Japan Friday, officials said, days after two men were killed in an accident with a naval vessel.The two Japanese boats capsized in the collision with a 499-ton Panama-registered cargo ship, with three fishermen thrown into the water off western Wakayama prefecture shortly after 8:00 am, a local coastguard official said."They were rescued and taken ...

China's first stock listing in 14 months surges on debut SHANGHAI: The first stock market listing in China for more than a year leaped more than 30 percent on its debut Friday after authorities ended a freeze on initial public offerings.Neway Valve (Suzhou) Co. was briefly suspended on the Shanghai Stock Exchange after its shares surged by almost a third from its listing price to 23.31 yuan ($3.82) shortly after the market opened.The exchange temporarily halts trading in a newly listed share if it rises ...


 



 
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