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South Korea rejects North's military talks offer SEOUL: South Korea on Monday rejected the latest proposal by the North to hold military talks, saying Pyongyang first needed to take steps towards abandoning its nuclear arsenal.The North's leader Kim Jong-Un offered the military dialogue during a speech to a recent congress of the ruling Workers' Party -- the first event of its kind for more than 35 years.North Korean military later urged Seoul to accept the offer to overcome the current "catastrophic state" of cross-border ties, proposing a preparatory working-level meeting in a message sent on Saturday. But Seoul's defense ministry, in a response sent across the border Monday morning, effectively rejected the proposal that it said made no mention of Pyongyang's widely-condemned nuclear weapons programme, according to a ministry spokesman. "A proposal for talks with no mention of denuclearisation is mere posturing," Moon Sang-Gyun told reporters, describing the latest talks proposal a gesture for "fake peace". "We ...

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Myanmar's transition 'remarkable statement' to world: Kerry NAYPYIDAW: US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the global democratic cause.In the first high level meeting with Suu Kyi and her administration since it took office in March, Kerry told the Nobel laureate that her country's evolution towards democracy after decades under the military was a "remarkable statement to people all over the world".Copyright AFP ...

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Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line BEIJING: Beijing warned Taiwan it would cut off critical contacts with the island if its new president Tsai Ing-wen does not state her support for the concept that there is only "one China", state media reported Saturday.The comments came a day after Beijing-sceptic Tsai's inauguration speech, where she called for "positive dialogue" with the Chinese mainland, but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing's demands that she back its "one China" principle.That principle was recognised ...

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Australian PM's popularity slips in poll as tight election looms MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity has fallen, just over a month before what is expected to a closely fought election, a an opinion poll published on Saturday showed. Turnbull's conservative government remained neck and neck with the centre-left Labor Party in the Ipsos poll, which showed the government leading with 51 per cent support to Labor's 49 per cent.However, Turnbull's personal popularity as preferred prime minister fell four percentage points to 47 per ...

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'Brexit' in spotlight at G7 meeting in Japan SENDAI: Britain's possible exit from the European Union took centre stage at a G7 meeting in Japan Saturday, as UK finance minister George Osborne warned a 'Brexit' could doom trade deals with EU countries.The comments came during two days of talks largely focused on how the club of rich nations can stoke the lumbering world economy, with terrorism financing and a sharp divide over currency policy also on the table.As the vote on Britain's future ...

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Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over US arrest TOKYO: Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.Gen Nakatani's visit to the island comes just days before a high-profile trip to Japan by US President Barack Obama."I deliver a strong message of regret and at the same time make a protest," Nakatani told US ...

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake recorded in central Australia: USGS SYDNEY: A earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9, unusually powerful for Australia, struck the country's desert centre early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the 10-km-deep quake, which was centred some 460 km (285 miles) west-southwest of the outback town of Alice Springs. The earthquake, which happened just before 4 a.m. local time in the sparsely populated area of the Northern Territory, was initially ...