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Australia bids farewell to former PM Fraser at state funeral MELBOURNE: Hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday at a state funeral for former conservative prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who came to power in 1975 with Australia's greatest constitutional crisis and died last week aged 84.Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the ceremony at Melbourne's Scots' Church along with former prime ministers Julia Gillard, John Howard and Paul Keating.Fraser's close friend and a minister in his government, Peter Nixon, said the nation had lost a "unique and great Australian"."From the start, it was apparent to me that Malcolm was sure to succeed," said Nixon, who started working with Fraser from 1961, told the approximately 700 people at the church. The ceremony was also televised live across the country."His contributions were always thoughtful."Fraser died last Friday after a short illness, just five months after the death of Gough Whitlam, the man he dramatically replaced after the Labor leader became Australia's only prime minister ...

14 dead in scaffolding collapse at Vietnam steel plant HANOI: At least 14 workers were killed and dozens more injured after scaffolding collapsed at a steel plant in central Vietnam, officials said, as rescue teams on Thursday searched for bodies still trapped in the wreckage.The labourers were building concrete blocks as part of a seawall project when the accident took place late Wednesday in the coastal province of Ha Tinh, said Le Minh Dao, office manager of the provincial People's Committee."We have pulled out ...
Greek deputy PM to visit China amid financial crisis BEIJING: Greek deputy prime minister Ioannis Dragasakis will visit China this week, Beijing's foreign ministry announced Monday, as concerns over the cash-strapped country's financial crisis intensify.Dragasakis will visit China from Wednesday to Saturday at the invitation of Chinese vice premier Ma Kai, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular briefing.Hong provided no further details.China has developed close economic ties with Greece. Chinese shipping giant COSCO has a 35-year concession managing the two main ...
Vanuatu cyclone death toll revised to 11 SYDNEY: The death toll from Vanuatu's devastating cyclone was revised down to 11 on Monday, according to the United Nations which also said contributions to the South Pacific nation's recovery have topped US$10 million. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had on the weekend put the number of fatalities at 16, but its latest update noted that the Vanuatu government had advised the number was 11.Dozens were initially feared dead ...
Singapore's Lee was 'old friend' to China: Xi BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping praised Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew as an "old friend of the Chinese people" on Monday, after his death aged 91.Xi said Lee, who was ethnically Chinese, was "widely respected by the international community as a strategist and a statesman" and expressed "sincere condolences" to his relatives.Lee met China's leaders multiple times and his model of political control allied to economic growth was seen as an example to China's ...
Indonesia leader eyes investment, defence on Japan trip TOKYO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo will arrive in Tokyo late on Sunday, kicking off a week-long tour of Japan and China aimed at attracting investment and boosting defence co-operation."We want to develop (infrastructure) with particular focus on electric power plants, railways and express ways. I would like to ask Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for co-operation on this issue," Widodo said in footage aired by Japan's public broadcaster NHK.Widodo, who took office in October, will be ...
China state media tells US to stop 'kibitzing' BEIJING: Chinese state media turned to Yiddish on Saturday in the war of words over territorial disputes, criticising the United States as a "kibitzer" for what it called meddling in the South China Sea issue.A commentary published in English by the official Xinhua news agency was headlined "America the Kibitzer" -- which refers to an onlooker who gives unwanted advice -- in this case regarding the South China Sea.China claims almost all of the South ...

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