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China could do 'a lot more' to rein in N.Korea: US defense chief WASHINGTON: China could do much more than it has to get North Korea to "stop provocations," US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday after Pyongyang conducted two ballistic missile tests.Carter said China has by far the greatest influence over its Stalinist neighbor and "it could do a lot more.""The president has urged the Chinese leadership to get in the game and try to get them (the North Koreans) to a position where they stop provocations and ultimately do what they signed up to do, which is to have a non-nuclear Korean peninsula both North and South," he said at a breakfast with journalists. The latest tests, which came amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, were believed to involve two medium-range Rodong missiles, one of which splashed down in the Sea of Japan and the other which disappeared from radar shortly after launch.They follow a fourth North Korean nuclear test ...

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Bangladesh IT expert missing after bank heist remarks DHAKA: A Bangladeshi cyber security expert has gone missing, his family said Friday, days after he said officials at the central bank bore some responsibility for an $81 million theft from its foreign exchange account.Hackers stole the money from the Bangladesh Bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on February 5 and managed to transfer it electronically to accounts in the Philippines.IT expert Tanvir Hassan Zoha, who said he was helping the ...

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Sri Lanka says 'serious threat' to electricity network COLOMBO: Sri Lanka warned Thursday of a "serious security threat" to its electricity grid as engineers battled for the fifth straight day to restore supplies crippled by an explosion and fire.Deputy power minister Ajith Perera said investigators had not ruled out sabotage in Sunday's blast and a fire at the main distribution centre just outside the capital."There is a serious security threat. That is why the military has been called in to protect these (electricity) ...

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Air India flight searched after bomb threat: Bangkok official BANGKOK: Thailand's airport authorities searched an Air India flight for explosives after it landed in Bangkok following a bomb threat late Wednesday, an airport official said.All 231 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft before it was swept by security staff from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to an airport spokeswoman."It was ordered to park in an isolated area of the airport," she told AFP.The spokeswoman did not comment on the nature of the threat or ...

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China's Premier Li says confident in economy, vows no hard landing BEIJING: China's Premier Li Keqiang defended the government's economic policies on Wednesday, vowing there would be no mass layoffs and no hard landing for the world's second-largest economy even as the government presses ahead with painful reforms.While conceding that downward pressure is increasing, Li and other top officials at the annual meeting of parliament this month have repeatedly tried to reassure jittery financial markets and China's major trading partners that Beijing is able to manage ...

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Ties will progress no matter who wins US election: China's Li BEIJING: China-US relations will continue to develop regardless of who wins the U.S. presidential election in November, China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday, after criticism of Beijing by U.S. candidates.The Chinese government has largely refrained from commenting on the U.S. election campaign, saying it is an internal matter for the American people, despite attacks on China by real estate mogul and Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.Trump has frequently accused China of stealing jobs and ...

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Iran says missiles for self defence, tests do not violate nuclear deal CANBERRA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday its ballistic missiles were for self-defense and that recent tests condemned by the United States did not violate an historic nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.Speaking in Australia, Zarif said that the missiles tested last week would never be used in aggression. The tests drew international concern and prompted a meeting on Monday of the 15-nation Security Council.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...