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Powerful 6.5 earthquake strikes Indonesia: USGS JAKARTA: A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia late Friday, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued, US seismologists said. The earthquake hit at 5:02 pm local time (1002 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said, and was centred three kilometres (two miles) east-southeast of Andekanter in the Sumba region at a depth of 30 kilometres.The Indonesian disaster mitigation agency said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Korean peninsula looks more divided than ever SEOUL: North and South Korea's perennially volatile relations seem headed for a new and potentially dangerous low, with all official lines of communication cut off and a host of tension-raising issues on the near horizon.The two rivals, who have remained technically at war over the past six decades, have faced and weathered numerous crises in the past, but the current situation feels particularly grim in the wake of the North's recent nuclear test and long-range ...

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Outrage and angst on inter-Korean border PAJU: A sullen mood of anger and anxiety hung over scores of South Korean businessmen crossing the border Thursday into North Korea to save what they could of a decade-long investment.A day after Seoul announced it was shutting down the jointly run Kaesong industrial park, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) inside North Korea, the heavy border traffic was almost exclusively in one direction... northwards.Given barely any notice of the government's decision, owners of the ...

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North Korea expels all South Koreans from joint industrial zone SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday ordered the immediate expulsion of all South Koreans from the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone and the seizure of their factory assets in response to Seoul's decision to shut down the complex.The measures mark a significant escalation of cross-border tensions that have been elevated since North Korea carried out a nuclear test last month and a long-range rocket launch on Sunday.In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the ...

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Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building TAINAN: Taiwan prosecutors Wednesday questioned the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in the construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.The prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex's concrete framework.The district court, which earlier ordered the developer's arrest, said some reinforcing bars in ...

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Japan announces fresh North Korea sanctions after rocket launch TOKYO: Japan announced fresh sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday for its latest rocket launch, including a total ban on shipping from the country and barring Pyongyang's nationals from entering.Japan's announcement comes after the UN Security Council strongly condemned Sunday's rocket launch and agreed to move quickly to impose new sanctions of its own."We have decided to take firm sanction steps," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters of the latest move, which adds to ...

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North Korea's army chief of staff executed: report SEOUL: North Korea's army chief of staff has been executed, South Korean media reported Wednesday, in what would amount to the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials by leader Kim Jong-Un.Ri Yong-Gil, Chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff was executed earlier this month for forming a political faction and corruption, Yonhap news agency said, citing a source familiar with North Korean affairs.The report came at a time ...