02102016Wed
Last update: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03pm

South East Asia

World - South East Asia

Indonesian military plane crashes in Java MALANG: An Indonesian military aircraft crashed into a house in a densely populated area of East Java during a test flight Wednesday, an air force official said.The Super Tucano turboprop came down shortly after taking off from Abdul Rachman Saleh air force base in Malang, base commander Djoko Senoputro said.There was no immediate confirmation of casualties from the plane, which was carrying a pilot and an engineer, or on the ground."After doing a test flight for about 45 minutes, we lost contact with the plane soon after they were requesting descent," Senoputro told AFP."We received reports from people that the plane was seen crashing into a house and is buried in the debris," he said.Military aviation accidents are not rare in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.In December last year, two pilots were killed when a military plane crashed in central Java while performing manoeuvres.In June, a Hercules C-130 crashed into a ...

World - South East Asia

North Korea turns to ‘old workhorse’ rocket to repeat past success SEOUL/WASHINGTON: North Korea's weekend rocket launch repeated earlier success rather than breaking new ground, using a nearly identical design from a 2012 launch, experts said, adding the reclusive country probably remained years from building a long-range nuclear missile. The rocket was based on engines taken from its massive stockpile of mid-range missiles based on Soviet-era technology and electrical parts too rudimentary to be targeted by a global missile control regime, the experts said. South Korea ...

World - South East Asia

Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 77 KATHMANDU: Nepal's former prime minister Sushil Koirala died in Kathmandu aged 77 after a bout of pneumonia, his doctor told AFP Tuesday.Koirala, who was Nepal's premier from February 2014 to October 2015, faced heavy criticism for his government's sluggish response to a massive quake that devastated the Himalayan nation last April, killing nearly 9,000 people.He suffered from chronic bronchitis and was diagnosed with pneumonia last week his doctor, Kabirnath Yogi, said."He was taking medicines and ...

World - South East Asia

North Korea rocket more powerful than old one SEOUL: The rocket North Korea launched this week appeared to be more powerful than one fired in 2012, with an increased range of 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) which puts most of the US within reach, a South Korean defence ministry official said Tuesday.The three-stage rocket was confirmed to have put an object into orbit but it has not yet been verified whether the alleged satellite is functioning, he told journalists, speaking on condition of anonymity.The ...

World - South East Asia

Rescuers race for Taiwan quake victims as 'golden window' closes TAINAN: Rescuers deployed heavy machinery Tuesday in a renewed effort to locate more than 100 people trapped in the rubble of a Taiwan apartment complex felled by an earthquake as the 72-hour "golden window" for finding survivors passed.More than 210 have been pulled from the 16-storey Wei-kuan building -- the only high-rise in the southern city of Tainan to crumble completely when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck before dawn Saturday, killing more than 40 people.But ...

World - South East Asia

India regulator deals blow to Facebook in Internet row NEW DELHI: India's telecom regulator on Monday dealt a blow to Facebook's plans to offer free mobile Internet through its controversial Free Basics service, by outlawing differential pricing for data packages.Facebook has suffered a fierce backlash in India from "net neutrality" advocates. They say that because Free Basics only allows access to selected websites, albeit free, it violates the principle that the entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.Responding to the decision, ...

World - South East Asia

US missile shield spotlights divisions on handling North Korea SEOUL: Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say.Hours after North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.The rationale was a clear ...