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North Korea tells Obama to get 'packing' SEOUL: North Korea denounced outgoing US President Barack Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un's sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on "packing" as he exits the White House.The US Treasury Department last week added seven individuals -- among them Kim's younger sister Yo-Jong -- to America's growing list of North Koreans sanctioned for "serious" rights abuses.The Treasury announcement came as the US State Department released a report on rights abuses in North Korea, which it said were among the worst in the world."Obama would be well advised not to waste time taking issue with other's 'human rights issue' but make good arrangements for packing in the White House," state news agency KCNA said in a commentary late Monday night.Obama had created "the worst human rights situation in the US during his tenure", it added. "He had better repent of the pain and misfortune he has brought to ...

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Japan PM says important to solve South China Sea conflict peacefully BOGOR: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during his visit to Indonesia on Sunday that it is important to solve the South China Sea conflict peacefully. "About the South China Sea conflict, we assert the importance of the principle of solving a dispute peacefully," Abe said after meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Bogor. Copyright Reuters, 2017 ...

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Samsung heir returns home after marathon bribery questioning SEOUL: Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong returned home Friday after marathon questioning by South Korean prosecutors as a suspect in a massive corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-Hye.Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, was quizzed for 22 hours over allegations of bribery.Looking exhausted, he did not respond to questions from journalists waiting outside the special prosecutor's office before he rode off.Lee was named a criminal suspect ...

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US, Australian hostages appear in Afghan Taliban video KABUL: An American and an Australian have appeared in a Taliban hostage video, five months after they were kidnapped from Kabul.Gunmen wearing police uniforms abducted the two professors at the American University of Afghanistan in the heart of the Afghan capital on August 7, seizing them from their vehicle after smashing the passenger window.The 13-minute, 35-second video circulated by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Wednesday offers the first apparent proof that they were still alive.Australia ...

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Samsung heir becomes suspect in corruption scandal SEOUL: Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, prosecutors said Wednesday.Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, would be quizzed as a "suspect" in connection to bribery, prosecutors said."We have decided to question Lee tomorrow morning... as a suspect," Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for the team of special ...

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Japan plans to have new emperor in 2019 TOKYO: Japan is planning for Emperor Akihito to retire and be replaced by his eldest son on January 1, 2019, reports said Wednesday, as the country works on a legal framework for its first abdication in 200 years. Akihito, 83, expressed a desire in August to abdicate after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his advancing age and weakening health. Major national newspapers -- the Yomiuri, Asahi, Mainichi and Nikkei -- cited unnamed ...

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North Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs SEOUL: North Korea now has enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea said Wednesday, a week after leader Kim Jong-Un said it was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.The isolated communist state, which has carried out five nuclear tests and numerous missile launches, is thought to be planning a nuclear push in 2017 as it seeks to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.Analysts are divided over how close ...