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Australian PM urges divided Senate to tackle budget deficit SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday it was imperative for Australia to cut its high debt levels, urging newly elected opposition lawmakers to support his economic reform agenda when parliament resumes next week. Turnbull is dependent on their support to rein in a budget deficit projected to reach A$37.1 billion, or 2.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2016/17 after a federal election two months ago returned his Liberal-National Coalition to power with just a razor-thin majority."We are at a critical juncture," Turnbull told the annual gathering of the Queensland state branch of his Liberal Party in Brisbane. "By acting together in the national interest we can improve the budget position, stimulate growth and create the industries that will produce the jobs of the future."Australia is one of only about a dozen countries with a coveted triple-A credit rating from all three ratings agencies - Standard & ...

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UN council condemns North Korea missile launches, vows new measures UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles and agreed to take "significant measures" in response the latest series of launches.The 15-member council issued the toughly-worded condemnation in a unanimous statement drafted by the United States and backed by China, Pyongyang's main ally.Council members agreed to "continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures," said the statement, without elaborating.North Korea has been hit by five sets ...

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Indonesian navy finds fuel tanker taken by own crew JAKARTA: Indonesia's navy said Thursday it had found a tanker carrying almost $400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute.The MT Vier Harmoni was initially feared to have been hijacked after setting sail from Malaysia, in waters that have suffered a string of pirate attacks in recent times.But Indonesian authorities quickly realised the vessel, which was transporting 900,000 litres of diesel, had been taken by ...

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Taiwan's Tsai oversees first war games PINGTUNG: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island's army to improve its performance after a string of accidents, promising to help upgrade equipment as she presided over military drills Thursday.The war games in the southern county of Pingtung, the first of Tsai's presidency, are part of an annual military exercise which simulates incoming attacks from China, the biggest threat to Taiwan's security.Relations with the mainland have grown increasing frosty since Tsai won the island's presidency ...

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North Korea leader says missile test was ‘greatest success’: KCNA SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success", Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.The results of Wednesday's launch proved the North had joined the "front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability" and that the US mainland and the operational theatre in the Pacific were now "within the striking range" of the North's army, KCNA news agency reported Kim as saying.The missile flew ...

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Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples YANGON: A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the ...

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China 'opposes' N.Korea's nuclear and missile development: FM TOKYO: Beijing opposes North Korea's nuclear and missile development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday, hours after Pyongyang test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine towards Japan."China is opposed to North Korea's nuclear and missile development process and is opposed to any actions that trigger tensions on the Korean peninsula," Wang told reporters after a meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea."China is opposed to any actions that violate UN Security ...