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Maldivian ruling party MP assassinated in capital MALE: An unidentified attacker stabbed and killed a Maldivian ruling party legislator Tuesday in the first assassination of a lawmaker in the Indian Ocean archipelago, police said.   Afrasheem Ali, 46, a lawmaker from the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), was attacked on the steps of his apartment in the capital island Male early Tuesday, police spokesman Hassan Haneef told AFP.   "This is the first killing of an MP in the Maldives and we are yet to establish a motive," Haneef said, adding that investigations were underway to track down the killer.   Nasheed's opposition Maldivian Democratic Party condemned Ali's killing while government officials said Ali would receive a state funeral on Tuesday.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

North Korea drops propaganda leaflets over border SEOUL: North Korea has dropped thousands of propaganda leaflets attacking South Korea across their heavily militarised border for the second time this year, the South's defence ministry said Tuesday.   South Korean soldiers have collected about 17,000 leaflets, which were floated by balloon over the frontier on Saturday, a ministry spokesman said.   "They were found scattered in western border areas," the spokesman told AFP.   The leaflets criticise the defence ministry's "anti-Pyongyang" education programme for its military and praise pro-North ...
Strong quakes strike off northern Japan: USGS  TOKYO: A strong 6.2-magnitude quake struck off northern Japan on Tuesday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami alert was issued.   It hit at 7:21 am (2221 GMT Monday) in waters 96 kilometres (60 miles) east of Miyako on the main island of Honshu at a depth of just 9.7 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.   The quake was followed by a 5.1-magnitude jolt roughly 30 minutes later, which ...
32 injured in Hong Kong ferry collision HONG KONG: More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong Monday, police said.   The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued.   Search and rescue teams rushed to the scene of the accident off Lamma island around 8:20 pm (1220 GMT) as the city celebrated its mid-autumn festival with a ...
Powerful typhoon kills two, hurts scores in Japan  TOKYO: Powerful Typhoon Jelawat left at least two people dead and more than 180 injured in Japan over the weekend before passing out into the Pacific on Monday, the weather agency and local media said.   The typhoon, packing winds of up to 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour, was northeast of Nemuro in eastern Hokkaido over the Pacific at 0200 GMT, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.   A 56-year-old man was confirmed to have drowned in Mie, central ...
Japan PM picks senior lawmaker as finance minister in cabinet change  TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appointed as finance minister on Monday a senior lawmaker who worked with him on a plan to raise the sales tax, in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at boosting his ruling party's chances in an election expected in months.   Koriki Jojima, 65, who served as the parliamentary affairs chief for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), will take charge of the world's third largest economy as it teeters on the ...
Japan cabinet resigns ahead of reshuffle  TOKYO: Japan's cabinet resigned en masse Monday, heralding a reshuffle by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as he looks to move past a damaging row with China and boost his flagging popularity.   "Today in the special cabinet meeting the prime minister told us he will conduct a cabinet reshuffle," chief government spokesman Osamu Fujimura told reporters. "The resignations of all cabinet ministers were collected."   The reshuffle had been widely trailed in Japanese media, and comes as the prime ...

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