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Indonesia's president satisfied on leaving office SYDNEY: Indonesia's outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday he leaves office with a sense of satisfaction after strengthening democracy and the economy during a decade in power.The former general stands down in October when Joko Widodo, the reform-minded governor of Jakarta who won July's presidential polls, takes the reins of Southeast Asia's top economy.In an interview with The Australian newspaper, Yudhoyono admitted there was more work to be done, but said he had accomplished much."I leave my office with a sense of satisfaction that I have tried to do my best to serve the nation, and that at the end of my 10 years in office Indonesia is a stronger nation, a stronger democracy and a stronger economy," he said."We had many challenges but, one by one, we fixed our problems," he said. "We resolved the longstanding separatist conflict in Aceh. We stabilised the situation in Papua. We survived ...

Japan PM Abe visits Hiroshima after killer landslides TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged full support for victims of last week's massive landslides in Hiroshima, as he made his first visit since the disaster to the western Japan city.The death toll from the mudslides, which buried dozens of homes, rose to 52, with a further 28 people missing as of Monday, according to Hiroshima police.Some 3,000 rescuers, including soldiers, were continuing to dig through mud and debris at the various sites ...
Japan ready to offer trial Ebola drug TOKYO: Tokyo stands ready to offer an experimental drug developed by a Japanese company to help stem the global tide of the deadly Ebola virus, the top government spokesman said Monday."Our country is prepared to provide the yet-to-be approved drug in cooperation with the manufacturer if the WHO requests," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.The World Health Organization (WHO) has been discussing the use of unapproved drugs as a way of getting a handle on an ...
Malaysia Airlines jet turns back due to 'pressure' woes KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems inside the aircraft after being in the air for almost an hour, a top aviation watchdog official said SundayAzharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation told AFP that the plane returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport because it was unable to maintain the correct pressure inside the aircraft."It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential ...
Protest against Fiji leader in Australia SYDNEY: Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama's campaign rally in Sydney was met by a protest Saturday, as the military strongman prepares for the Pacific state's first election in eight years.Bainimarama is leading his FijiFirst Party in polls set for September 17, the first to be held since he overthrew the government in a bloodless military coup in 2006. Several hundred people attended the question-and-answer session in suburban Canterbury, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said, but opponents ...
Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight MANILA: Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday.Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling.The ruling, handed down this week and ...
Vietnam releases two Nigerians isolated for Ebola tests HANOI: Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from west Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.Ebola test results for the pair are not yet known but the health ministry said their condition had improved. "After 24 hours of monitoring, the two patients were without fever, showing no abnormal signs or symptoms related to Ebola," it said in a statement released late Wednesday.The two men will be put ...

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