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Thailand says EU has not taken any decision on fishing ban BANGKOK: The EU has not taken any decision on whether to ban fish exports from Thailand, the Thai foreign ministry said on Monday, clarifying comments made by its deputy prime minister that Bangkok had been given more time to end illegal fishing. Earlier Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had said the European Union had given Thailand, the world's third-largest seafood exporter, a further six months to curb illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, more than a year after Brussels threatened Bangkok with a ban.The ministry said in a statement that Prawit had "merely stated" the EU had not reached a decision on whether to give Thailand a "red card", effectively banning its fish exports. "Thus Thailand still has time to work on this matter before such a decision will be made and Thailand reaffirms its commitment to continue working to tackle the problem," it said. Thailand's fishing industry employs more than ...

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South Korea rejects North's military talks offer SEOUL: South Korea on Monday rejected the latest proposal by the North to hold military talks, saying Pyongyang first needed to take steps towards abandoning its nuclear arsenal.The North's leader Kim Jong-Un offered the military dialogue during a speech to a recent congress of the ruling Workers' Party -- the first event of its kind for more than 35 years.North Korean military later urged Seoul to accept the offer to overcome the current "catastrophic state" ...

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Myanmar's transition 'remarkable statement' to world: Kerry NAYPYIDAW: US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the global democratic cause.In the first high level meeting with Suu Kyi and her administration since it took office in March, Kerry told the Nobel laureate that her country's evolution towards democracy after decades under the military was a "remarkable statement to people all over the world".Copyright AFP ...

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Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line BEIJING: Beijing warned Taiwan it would cut off critical contacts with the island if its new president Tsai Ing-wen does not state her support for the concept that there is only "one China", state media reported Saturday.The comments came a day after Beijing-sceptic Tsai's inauguration speech, where she called for "positive dialogue" with the Chinese mainland, but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing's demands that she back its "one China" principle.That principle was recognised ...

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Australian PM's popularity slips in poll as tight election looms MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity has fallen, just over a month before what is expected to a closely fought election, a an opinion poll published on Saturday showed. Turnbull's conservative government remained neck and neck with the centre-left Labor Party in the Ipsos poll, which showed the government leading with 51 per cent support to Labor's 49 per cent.However, Turnbull's personal popularity as preferred prime minister fell four percentage points to 47 per ...

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'Brexit' in spotlight at G7 meeting in Japan SENDAI: Britain's possible exit from the European Union took centre stage at a G7 meeting in Japan Saturday, as UK finance minister George Osborne warned a 'Brexit' could doom trade deals with EU countries.The comments came during two days of talks largely focused on how the club of rich nations can stoke the lumbering world economy, with terrorism financing and a sharp divide over currency policy also on the table.As the vote on Britain's future ...

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Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over US arrest TOKYO: Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.Gen Nakatani's visit to the island comes just days before a high-profile trip to Japan by US President Barack Obama."I deliver a strong message of regret and at the same time make a protest," Nakatani told US ...