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UN decries new Vietnam activist arrests HANOI: The United Nations' human rights watchdog called on Vietnam Tuesday to release three rights activists who were recently detained and investigate allegations the trio have been tortured in custody.Communist Vietnam routinely silences dissent with activists subject to arbitrary detention and lengthy jail spells.The statement from the UN Human Rights Office referred to the recent detentions of Ho Van Hai, a prominent blogger, and Luu Van Vinh and Nguyen Van Duc Do -- two political activists pushing for greater freedoms in the autocratic state.All three were arrested earlier this month and have been held incommunicado since.Calling for their release, the statement said the UN "was also deeply concerned by reports that the activists, who have been held incommunicado in line with Vietnamese law for so-called National Security offences, have been subjected to torture".Vietnam uses a raft of broadly worded national security laws to jail dissidents and critics. All newspapers and ...

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Four dead in landslides in New Caledonia NOUMEA: Four people -- including two children -- are dead and four missing after torrential rain triggered landslides on the French overseas territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, officials said Tuesday. Rain has been battering the remote islands since the weekend, sparking two mudslides in the Houailou area, around 235 kilometres (150 miles) northwest of the capital Noumea, early on Tuesday.The body of an eight-year-old girl was recovered in mountainous Gouareu, one of ...

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Strong 6.9 quake hits Japan, triggering Fukushima tsunami TOKYO: A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Tuesday triggering a one-metre (3.3-foot) tsunami wave that crashed into the coast at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.Public broadcaster NHK urged residents in the region to "flee immediately" to high ground, reminding listeners to heed the lessons of the "Great East Japan Earthquake". A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into the coast, leaving more than 18,500 people dead ...

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Xi says China-US Tourism Year helps improve ties WASHINGTON: Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday that the China-US Tourism Year has helped expand people-to-people exchanges and given fresh impetus to bilateral relations."Thanks to joint efforts, the Tourism Year has been marked with colorful and fruitful events, which have helped expand our people-to-people exchanges and practical cooperation in various areas, and injected new impetus to China-US relations," Xi said in a written message to the closing ceremony of the China- US Tourism Year 2016 ...

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Japan's Abe heads to Argentina on trade BUENOS AIRES: After the APEC summit in Lima, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Argentina on Monday to bolster bilateral trade and investment ties with Latin America's third largest economy. It will be the first visit to Buenos Aires by a Japanese prime minister in 57 years -- the last one to make the trip was Abe's grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, in 1959.Japanese companies have a big presence in the South American nation especially in ...

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South Korea's Park had collusive role in corruption scandal: prosecutors SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye had a collusive role in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing her government, prosecutors said Sunday, as they formally laid out charges against Park's close confidante and two former presidential aides.The scandal has sparked nationwide fury, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to call for Park's resignation, providing a stark challenge to her authority."We, based on the evidence collected so far... view that the president played a ...

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World Internet Conference closes in E China HANGZHOU: The third World Internet Conference closed Friday in Wuzhen in east China's Zhejiang Province.A number of emerging technologies, including Telsa's Self-Driving Vehicle and Huawei's Kirin 960 chipset, were released at the conference, which was themed "Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All -- Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace."More than 1,600 guests, including state leaders, from over 110 countries and regions attended the conference. The conference consisted of 16 forums covering ...