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Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan coastguard TOKYO: Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters in the East China Sea Friday as Beijing maintained its defiant stance after US President Barack Obama backed Tokyo in the row.The Japanese coastguard said the Chinese vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, shortly before noon (0300 GMT).It was the third such incursion since US President Barack Obama vigorously reasserted on April 24 that Washington would defend Japan under a bilateral military treaty if China initiated an attack in the tense dispute.China has already dismissed Obama's position, saying that the islands are "China's inherent territory".Chinese vessels and aircraft regularly approach the East China Sea archipelago -- thought to harbour natural resources -- after Japan nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.Relations between ...

Thai PM, Election Commission agree to hold new vote in July BANGKOK: Thailand's prime minister and the country's Election Commission agreed on Wednesday to hold an election in July despite the opposition's reluctance to say whether it will take part after boycotting a February poll that was later annulled."The prime minister and the Election Commission agree on a July 20 election," Puchong Nutrawong, secretary-general of the commission, told reporters.Thailand has been in crisis since November and protesters disrupted the February election, which acting Prime Minister Yingluck ...
Xi's Xinjiang visit highlights 'terror' fight: China media BEIJING: Chinese state-run media on Wednesday played up a visit to the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang by President Xi Jinping, who encouraged tougher law enforcement and stepped-up assimilation of minorities.Xi urged on law enforcement personnel in Kashgar, in his first visit to Xinjiang since becoming head of China's ruling Communist Party in November 2012."It is necessary that you have effective methods to handle violent and terrorist criminals," Xi said, the state-run China Daily ...
Captain says warnings over Korean ferry ignored SEOUL: A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said Wednesday, as rescuers worked to recover more than 90 people still missing two weeks after it sank.The confirmed death toll from the accident stood at 210, with 92 unaccounted for, the coastguard said, with divers pushing deeper into the submerged vessel's interior in their search for bodies. The recovery operation has stalled in recent days ...
Former top China provincial leader removed from Party BEIJING: A top Chinese provincial official reportedly linked to former senior party leader Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party, the organisation's internal investigating authority said.Li Chuncheng was described as "morally degenerate" in a statement released by the ruling party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) late Tuesday, which also said he was expelled from his "official position".Such moves are normally a precursor to a criminal inquiry and China's public prosecutor, the Supreme ...
Japan to deny visas to 23 Russians over Ukraine crisis TOKYO: Japan said Tuesday it would deny visas to 23 Russian nationals as part of its additional sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.The Japanese foreign ministry did not identify those affected, only saying that they were suspected of "infringing the unity of Ukraine's sovereignty and territory". Local media said some Russian government officials were on the list.The announcement came after the United States and Europe imposed fresh sanctions on Russia."Our country calls on all ...
South Korean president 'sorry' for ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised Tuesday for her government's failure to combat systemic and regulatory "evils" blamed for the loss of about 300 lives in a ferry disaster.Two days after her prime minister resigned over the tragedy, Park's comments are another attempt to defuse growing public anger about the April 16 sinking of the 6,825-tonne Sewol."I don't know how to apologise for the failure to prevent this accident, and for the insufficient first ...

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