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Philippines rejects China conditions for sea row talks MANILA: The Philippines rejected China's request for talks on their South China Sea dispute because it asked Manila to "disregard" a court ruling on the issue, the foreign minister said Tuesday.A UN-backed tribunal said last week there was no legal basis for China's claims to most of the strategic, resource-rich waters, with Beijing staunchly denouncing the decision."They asked us also to open ourselves for bilateral negotiations but outside of and in disregard of the arbitral ruling, so this is something that I told him was not consistent with our constitution and our national interest," Perfecto Yasay said.The foreign secretary, interviewed by broadcaster ABS-CBN, said he and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed the possibility of bilateral talks on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit in Mongolia last weekend but made no headway.The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled Beijing had violated the Philippines' sovereign rights to exploit resources in waters ...

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26 dead in Taiwan tourist bus crash: officials TAIPEI: A Taiwan tour bus carrying visitors from mainland China crashed and caught fire Tuesday near the capital Taipei, killing 26 on board.Footage on local media showed the bus had rammed into an expressway fence with flames blazing from the front. It was then engulfed by thick plumes of smoke with the fire leaving burned-out wreckage at the roadside.The tour group of 24 people, eight men and 16 women, was from China's northeastern city of ...

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Maoist ambush in east India kills 10 police NEW DELHI: Suspected Maoist rebels have ambushed a convoy of paramilitary commandos in east India and killed 10, police said Tuesday, in the deadliest such attack since 2014.A landmine blast hit the convoy Monday afternoon while the men were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the dense forests of Aurangabad district in Bihar state.At least three rebels were killed in a gunfight that followed the blast, police said."Ten of our men were killed in the blast ...

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Tokyo shaken by second quake in three days TOKYO: Tokyo was hit by its second quake in three days on Tuesday, giving the capital's skyscrapers a shake but there were no reports of damage or casualties.The 4.8 magnitude jolt struck Tokyo and areas of eastern Japan at 12:57 pm (0357 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook the capital on Sunday.The temblor's epicentre had a relatively shallow depth of about 23 kilometres (14 miles) in Chiba, east of ...

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China must abide by same rules as everyone else: Biden SYDNEY: China must abide by the same international rules as everyone else, US Vice President Joe Biden warned after a UN-backed tribunal ruled against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.The United States has no claims of its own within the vast area, but insists that all shipping has a right to pass through seas it regards as international waters.It has previously deployed aircraft carriers and a host of other vessels to assert freedom of ...

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China economy beats growth forecasts in second quarter BEIJING: China's economy expanded more than expected in the second quarter of the year, data showed Friday, fuelling hopes growth may be stabilising, but analysts warned private investment still needed to pick up.The world's second biggest economy grew 6.7 percent year on year in April-June, slightly quicker than forecast in an AFP survey and the same as the previous three months.The result is also in line with the government's 6.5-7.0 target for the full year ...

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Tropical storm kills 21 in China, 13 missing BEIJING: A tropical storm in China has left 21 people dead and 13 missing, reports said Thursday, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain. Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan last week, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as part of the island saw its strongest winds in over a century.It had weakened into a tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Fujian province on Saturday, but ...