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North Korea calls South's leader 'psychopath' over missile row SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday labelled South Korean President Park Geun-Hye a "psychopath" after she made a speech slamming Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and defending the deployment of a US anti-missile system.In her televised address on Monday, Park had stressed that deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was an act of "self-defence" in response to the North's expanding nuclear weapons programme.A spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said Park's argument was "preposterous" and unfounded."This is just a lame excuse and she should know that no one will be taken in by such sophism of a puppet that can do nothing without an approval of her US master," the spokesman said."This is no more than nonsense talked by a psychopath," he added in a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.North Korea has threatened to take "physical action" against the THAAD ...

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Indonesian minister sacked for dual citizenship JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo sacked his energy minister late Monday just weeks after filling the key cabinet post, following revelations his new appointee improperly held Indonesian and United States passports.Arcandra Tahar, a former oil and gas executive who lived in the US for 20 years, was dismissed as a cabinet minister following days of controversy surrounding his dual citizenship.Indonesian law does not allow for dual nationality. An Indonesian must renounce their citizenship should they ...

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China launches world first quantum satellite BEIJING: China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an unbreakable system of encrypted communications.The launch took place at 1:40 am in the southwestern Gobi Desert, the official Xinhua news service said, and comes as the US, Japan and others also seek to develop applications for the burgeoning technology.Beijing has poured enormous resources into the race, one of several cutting ...

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Thai military helicopter crash kills five BANGKOK: A Thai military helicopter that went missing on Sunday crashed in bad weather in northern Thailand, killing all five people on board, the army said on Monday. The dead included Major General Nopporn Ruanchan, who was commander of the army's 4th Infantry Division, said Lieutenant General Somsak Ninbanjerdkun.Poor visibility due to the weather may have caused the crash, said Somsak, who is commander of the Third Area Army overseeing Thailand's north.The UH-72 light helicopter ...

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South Korea's Park stresses future with Japan, MPs focus on past SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday called for a "future-oriented" relationship with Japan, even as a group of Seoul lawmakers dredged up a long-running territorial dispute by visiting some islets claimed by Tokyo.The visit by 10 MPs to the South Korean-controlled Dokdo islets in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) drew an angry response from the Japanese government which called the trip "extremely regrettable."The row over the islets -- which are called Takeshima ...

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Ex-Austrian Chancellor Faymann made UN youth unemployment envoy ZURICH: Austria's former chancellor Werner Faymann has been named as the United Nations' special envoy on youth unemployment, the first appointment for the 56-year-old since he quit in May. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment on Friday, saying the success of the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda depended on "enhancing opportunities for decent work for youth across the board".The UN said young people are three times more likely to be affected by unemployment than older ...

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Thai authorities hunt tourist town bombers HUA HIN: Thai authorities on Saturday hunted for culprits behind a wave of bombings targeting popular holiday destinations, as businesses braced for the economic fallout from the attacks on the crucial tourism industry.The kingdom was on edge after 11 small bombs exploded across five southern provinces Thursday night and Friday morning, killing four locals and wounding more than 30 people -- including foreign tourists.The bombs, most of them detonated in twin blasts, struck key tourism ...