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China power station explosion kills at least 21 BEIJING: An explosion at a power station in China killed at least 21 people and injured five more on Thursday, the official Xinhua news service reported. The blast, which local media said happened when a high-pressure steam pipe burst, came a day before the first anniversary of giant explosions that killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin.The latest incident occurred in Dangyang, in the central province of Hubei, and rescue efforts were underway, reports said. The local government said it was investigating the cause of the accident. Newspapers said the company operating the plant was registered for power generation and sales of slag ash and petroleum products. Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety standards are often lax.Earlier this summer more than 130 people were taken to hospital after chemicals leaked from a plant in eastern China.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary TOKYO: The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.A bell tolled as thousands of people, including ageing survivors and relatives of victims, observed a minute's silence at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the exact moment of the blast.Some 74,000 people died in the initial explosion, while thousands of others perished ...

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Japan military on alert to destroy North Korea missile TOKYO: Japan's newly appointed defence minister on Monday ordered the nation's military to be ready to destroy any missiles fired by North Korea that threaten the country, local media reported.Tomomi Inada issued the order, public broadcaster NHK said, without mentioning any indication that Pyongyang is preparing to launch such a missile.Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked Inada, a close confidante with staunchly nationalist views, as the new defence minister.NHK said Inada is expected to ...

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Japan's emperor says may be 'difficult' to fulfil duties TOKYO: Japanese Emperor Akihito said Monday he is worried his weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties, in a speech seen as flagging a possible future abdication."I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state with my whole being as I have done until now," he said in an address to the nation.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Japan PM says will take emperor's remarks 'seriously' TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government would take "seriously" Emperor Akihito's hint at a possible future abdication."I will seriously consider the remarks of the emperor to the people," Abe said, after historic remarks by the 82-year-old monarch who said he was concerned that weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties."Considering the emperor's duties, as well as his age and the burden (of the job), we have to ...

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Japan Abe to compile extra budget to submit to parliament in autumn TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the government will compile an extra budget plan and submit it to an extraordinary parliament session in autumn.Abe's cabinet last week approved 13.5 trillion yen ($132 billion) in fiscal measures to help revive the flagging economy.The government's package includes 7.5 trillion yen in spending by the national and local governments, part of which is expected to be funded by an extra budget this fiscal year. ...

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South Korea presidential office says China 'out-of-place' on THAAD SEOUL: South Korea's presidential office rebuked on Sunday China's criticism of its decision to deploy an advanced anti-missile defence, urging Beijing to instead play a stronger role against North Korea's provocations on the peninsula. The statement by President Park Geun-hye's office marked an escalation of diplomatic tensions between South Korea and China, which has sharply criticised Seoul's move to host a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) unit with the US military. Park's senior press ...