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N. Korea rocket launch window opens SEOUL: A one-week window opened Sunday for North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket -- widely-condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test linked to its nuclear weapons programme.Signs that a launch was imminent were confirmed when Pyongyang on Saturday shortened and brought forward the launch window it had declared to UN agencies.The rocket, carrying an earth observation satellite, will now blast off between February 7-14 -- instead of the previous schedule of February 8-25.UN sanctions prohibit North Korea from the use of ballistic missile technology, and the launch will mark a further serious violation of Security Council resolutions, following the North's nuclear test last month.Pyongyang offered no specific reason for changing the possible launch dates, but a forecast of clear weather was believed to be the most likely factor.South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited a Seoul defence official as saying the rocket had been erected on ...

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Austria's Finance Minister asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants VIENNA: Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday. Austria budgeted for 35,000 asylum seekers annually at a cost of 11,000 euros per person but took in some 90,000 people in 2015, the spokesman quoted the minister as saying in a letter to the head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker."Concerning ...

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North Korea advances plans to launch rocket TOKYO: North Korea says it has brought forward plans to launch a rocket and the event could now occur as early as Sunday, Japanese media reported.The country will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between February 7 and February 14, Jiji Press and NHK reported the Japanese government as saying on Saturday.Pyongyang had previously said the launch would take place between February 8-25, around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, ...

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North Korea begins fuelling rocket: report TOKYO: US satellite data indicates that North Korea appears to have begun fuelling a rocket it plans to launch this month in defiance of international opposition, a Japanese newspaper reported Friday, citing a US defence official.Pyongyang has announced it will launch a satellite-bearing rocket sometime between February 8-25, which is around the time of the birthday on February 16 of late leader Kim Jong-Il, father of current supremo Kim Jong-Un.The North insists its space programme ...

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Volcano in southern Japan erupts: weather agency TOKYO: A volcano in southern Japan erupted Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with television footage showing dramatic images of the fiery spectacle.The agency said on its website that Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima prefecture erupted at 6:56 pm (0956 GMT). There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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China's cabinet issues document on tackling overcapacity in coal sector BEIJING: China will not approve any new coal production capacity over the next three years, said China's cabinet on Friday, as part of a plan to tackle severe overcapacity in the sector. It will also remove around 500 million tonnes of production capacity within the next three to five years, it said, and speed up the process of squeezing "zombie" coal firms from the market. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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South Korea to tell planes to avoid areas potentially affected by North's rocket launch SEOUL: South Korea's transport ministry said on Wednesday it would instruct airplanes to avoid flying in the areas that could be affected by North Korea's planned rocket launch.The transport ministry said the instruction will apply to the period from Feb. 8 to Feb. 25, during which North Korea has said it may launch what it called an "earth observation satellite". Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...