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Hundreds protest at Japanese embassy in Beijing  BEIJING: Hundreds of people protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, throwing objects at the building as police struggled to keep control, amid growing tensions between Asia's two biggest economies over a group of disputed islands.   On Tuesday, Japan brushed off stern warnings from China and said it had bought the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a private Japanese owner.   In Shanghai, streets around the Japanese consulate, in the western part of town, were cordoned off on Saturday. Hundreds of police let small groups of people in at a time to protest.   There have been smaller, better-behaved protests in front of the embassy located in an eastern part of Beijing for most of the week.   The long-running territorial dispute flared last month after Japan detained a group of Chinese activists who had landed on the islands.   Diplomats say Tokyo and Beijing would prefer to keep the ...

Four shot dead and burnt in Thai south unrest  YALA: Three paramilitary soldiers and a woman were shot dead by militants who then torched their bodies in an early morning ambush in Thailand's restive south, police said Saturday.   The victims were attacked as they drove to a market in Yala, one of the hotbeds of the eight-year insurgency which has claimed around 5,300 lives in Thailand.   "I think that they had already died before the gunmen set fire to their pick-up truck," said Lieutenant Colonel Charas ...
Mourners gather for Moon funeral in S. Korea  GAPYEONG: Tens of thousands of mourners were expected to turn out Saturday for the elaborate funeral in South Korea of their "messiah" and controversial Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon. Moon, who died of complications from pneumonia on September 3 aged 92, was to be buried on a hillside overlooking his church's sprawling headquarters complex in Gapyeong, 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Seoul. Church officials said around 35,000 mourners would attend, including as many as 15,000 ...
Japan CHIBA: Japan's Cosmo Oil Co expects to complete measures to prevent a recurrence of an asphalt leak at its 220,000 barrels per day (bpd) Chiba refinery by the end of next March, Cosmo director Hideto Matsumura said on Friday.   The 100,000 bpd No.1 crude distillation unit (CDU) has been shut since May 7 for a maintenance shutdown, and the 120,000 bpd No.2 CDU has been shut since May 3 for a turnaround.   Cosmo had been considering restarting ...
6.3-quake hits off Indonesia JAKARTA: A 6.3-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.   The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 11:51 am (0451 GMT) at a depth of 25 kilometres (15.5 miles), was 190 kilometres northwest of the town of Bengkulu.   Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the magnitude at 6.1.   "There are no reports of damage ...
Australia opposition leader denies punching incident SYDNEY: Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott Friday admitted to some childish behaviour in his student days, but denied reports he intimidated a woman by punching a wall near her head.   Australia's political leaders have been subject to intense scrutiny of their past in recent weeks, with Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard's private life in the 1990s under the microscope due to her relationship with an ex-union figure.   The spotlight has now turned on Abbott, the conservative Liberal ...
Japan to decide on nuclear-power policy TOKYO: Japan on Friday was set to decide on a post-Fukushima energy policy that will see it abandon nuclear power within the next three decades, reports said.   Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet was due to meet later in the day, with Tokyo expected to announce soon after it would permanently shut down the entire fleet of atomic reactors by some time in the 2030s, Kyodo and Jiji Press news agencies reported, citing unnamed government officials.   The move ...

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