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South Korea SEOUL: South Korea's unemployment rate remained unchanged for a third straight month at 3.1 percent in September, official figures showed Wednesday.   The seasonally adjusted jobless rate has remained steady since July compared to a month earlier, Statistics Korea said. Unadjusted, the reading was at 2.9 percent in September compared to three percent in August.   The number of employed South Koreans in September rose by 685,000 from a year ago -- stronger than a 364,000 increase in August -- to 25 million.   The sharp rise is due to a low comparison base a year ago when the traditional Chuseok harvest holiday fell in September, Statistics Korea said.   This year, the holiday -- when most businesses close -- fell in late September, lasting until early October.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

NATO warns on Syria-Turkey escalation, tackles Afghanistan  BRUSSELS: NATO warned Tuesday against any escalation in hostilities between Syria and Turkey after border artillery exchanges as alliance defence ministers prepare for a difficult withdrawal from Afganistan.   "I would like to commend the Turkish government for the restraint it has shown in its response to the completely unacceptable Syrian attacks," NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at the opening of a two-day ministers meeting.   "Obviously Turkey has a right to defend herself within international law," he ...
Eleven dead in Thai militant attacks BANGKOK: Suspected militants have shot dead 11 people including three paramilitary rangers in a single day of bloodshed in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south, police said Tuesday.   The rangers were ambushed while travelling in a pick-up truck on Monday in Pattani province.   On the same day, four died on their way to work in two separate gun attacks in Pattani, while a pair of men were killed in a drive-by shooting in neighbouring Yala province, police said.   Two vegetable ...
World leaders meet on disaster management in Japan  SENDAI: Politicians and aid officials will gather in Japan's quake- and tsunami-hit northeast Tuesday to discuss what lessons can be learned from disasters.   Pre-emptive measures to reduce damage -- and save lives -- when nature strikes will be top of the agenda at this two-day conference, part of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.   Organisers picked Sendai as the capital of a region that lost nearly 19,000 people when the massive ...
Modest Nobel laureate says Japan deserves his prize TOKYO: Japanese stem cell pioneer Shinya Yamanaka responded modestly after winning the Nobel prize for medicine on Monday, saying his country really deserves the award.   "I was just an obscure researcher," he told a news conference in the western city of Kyoto.   "I thought from the bottom of my heart that without the support of the country, I could not have been awarded this wonderful prize," he said. "I literally feel that the country of Japan won ...
‘Terrorist threat’ forces China plane to land BEIJING: A plane was forced to make an emergency landing when it received an "anonymous terrorist threat" after taking off from China's restive northwestern Xinjiang region on Monday, state media said.   The plane landed at an airport Lanzhou in China's northwest province of Gansu following the alert at around 1730 (0930 GMT), state-run news agency Xinhua said, quoting the airline and local security sources   The CZ680 China Southern Airlines flight had originally taken off from Istanbul in ...
Japanese dailies celebrate super weekend in sport TOKYO: Japan celebrated a super weekend in sport as two countrymen tennis star Kei Nishikori and Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi made front-page headlines on Monday for their respective feats at home.   On Sunday Nishikori, 22, made history as the first home player to win the Japan Open while Kobayashi, 26, finished third-place at the grand prix held in Suzuka, only the third Japanese to take a podium spot.   "Here come heroes this autumn," the Sankei Shimbun ...

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