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Want to designate quake-hit southern region as disaster area: Japan PM Abe TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he wanted to officially designate the southern region hit by the deadly earthquakes since last week as a disaster area as soon as possible.Such a designation would allow the government to spend more on reconstruction and other necessary activities.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday the government may seek a supplementary budget to cover the cost of the quakes.The earthquakes in Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu since last Thursday have caused 42 deaths, while 10 remain "out of contact". About 110,000 people have been displaced. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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South Korea announces first state visit to Iran SEOUL: Park Geun-Hye will become the first South Korean president to visit Iran next month, her office announced Monday, as Seoul seeks new markets to turn around a lengthy decline in export revenues.The May 1-3 visit comes just months after a historic deal that cleared a path to lift sanctions crippling Iran's economy in exchange for limits on its nuclear programme.Despite Iran's suspected ties with North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, South Korea is keen to ...

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Bus carrying Indian artists crashes, killing 27 NEW DELHI: At least 27 performing artists, one of them a child, were killed when their bus plunged into a deep gorge in eastern India, police said on Monday.The 40-strong troupe were returning from a performance late on Sunday when their bus steered off a hilly road and into a 76-metre (250-foot) gorge in Deogarh district of Odisha state."Twenty-seven people lost their lives and around 11 were injured," Sarah Sharma, Deogarh's superintendent of police told ...

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China hosts 400,000 int'l students in 2015 KARACHI: Nearly 400,000 international students studied in China last year, a 5.5-percent increase from 2014, the Ministry of Education announced. The students represented 202 countries and regions around the world, reports China Daily Sturday. Nearly half of them came to study for an academic degree, and more than 40,000, or over 10 percent, received Chinese government scholarships, the ministry said on its website on Wednesday. By region, students from Asia were most common, followed by ...

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Magnitude 6.9 quake hits northern Myanmar YANGON: Myanmar was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, with tremors felt around the region, including in neighbouring India and China. The quake, which was 134 kilometres (214 miles) deep, hit some 396 kilometres north northwest of the capital Naypyidaw, according to the USGS.Much of Myanmar's outlying provinces have poor communications infrastructure, including the region where the earthquake hit. However there were no immediate reports of casualties. A ...

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India temple fire kills 86 gathered for fireworks display NEW DELHI: A major explosion and fire swept through a temple in southern India on Sunday, killing at least 86 people after thousands of families and others had gathered for a fireworks display.More than 300 others were injured in the fire that engulfed the Hindu temple complex in Kerala state, where crowds had gathered during the night for a festival that boasted the fireworks show.A team of specialist doctors was being deployed from New Delhi ...

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Will and Kate to meet slum kids, Bollywood stars in India MUMBAI: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrive in Mumbai on Sunday for a tour of India that will see them play with slum children and mingle with Bollywood celebrities.The royal couple will receive a warm reception on their first official visit to the subcontinent from an Indian population long fascinated with the monarchy of its former colonial masters. Princess Diana caused a sensation when she was photographed looking forlorn in front of Agra's ...