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South East Asia

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Taiwan military drills in face of China tension KAOHSIUNG: Taiwan carried out military drills Wednesday with naval chiefs assuring residents the island is safe, as concerns grow that tensions will escalate with China after recent presidential elections. The drills were the first since Tsai Ing-wen of the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) swept to victory in the elections earlier this month.She ousted the ruling Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), bringing to an end eight years of unprecedented rapprochement with China.On Wednesday, the Taiwanese navy displayed eight warships and fired flares from a missile corvette during an exercise in waters off Tsoying in southern Taiwan, home to the island's naval headquarters.It was the second and final day of the drills which saw a group of elite frogmen land on a beach in motorboats Tuesday on the island of Kinmen -- a Taiwan-controlled outpost island near China's southeastern Xiamen city.A fleet of F-16 fighter jets were also scrambled in another exercise Tuesday ...

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Rouhani heads to France as Iran rebuilds relations with Europe ROME: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wraps up his visit to Italy Wednesday before heading to France on the second leg of a trip signalling the dramatic rapprochement between Tehran and the European powers since the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.Rouhani's visit to Paris is expected to result in the signing of important business contracts, after sealing multi-billion dollar deals in Italy.A major order for 114 Airbus planes to modernise Iran Air's ageing fleet ...

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China planning to build floating nuclear power plant BEIJING: China is planning to build a floating nuclear power station as it seeks to double its atomic capacity by 2020, a senior official said Wednesday.Authorities are making plans for a "marine floating power station", which will go through "strict and scientific demonstration", said Xu Dazhe, chairman of China Atomic Energy Authority."China is devoted to building itself into a maritime power and so we will definitely make full use of ocean resources," he told a ...

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Taiwan president Ma says to travel to Itu Aba in South China Sea Thursday TAIPEI: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will travel to Itu Aba in the South China Sea on Thursday, his first visit to the outlying island that Taiwan claims as its own in the disputed maritime area. Ma, who steps down in May due to term limits, has requested that president-elect Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) send a representative as well to travel to the island, known in Taiwan as Taiping. Ma will ...

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Malaysians search for capsized boat after 13 found dead KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA: Malaysian authorities on Tuesday launched a search for a boat carrying up to 35 people, after 13 bodies washed up on a beach in the southern state of Johor.Police discovered the bodies at a beach in near the town of Bandar Penawar earlier in the day.District police chief Rahmat Othman said the boat had come from Indonesia and was carrying illegal migrants. Up to 35 people were believed to have been on the ...

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Malaysia says debris found off Thai coast not from missing MH370 KUALA LUMPUR: A piece of suspected plane wreckage found off the coast of southern Thailand does not belong to a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that disappeared almost two years ago, the Malaysian transport ministry said on Tuesday.The debris does not match those of a Boeing 777 and the part numbers found on the debris were not listed on the Malaysia Airlines parts catalogue manual, the ministry said in a statement following an investigation.A large piece ...

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Grandson of Iran's Khomeini excluded from elections TEHRAN: The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been excluded from contesting elections next month, his son said Tuesday.Hassan Khomeini, a 43-year-old cleric with close ties to Iranian reformists, was not verified as having sufficient religious competence by the Guardian Council, his son Ahmad said on his Instagram account, despite "testimony from dozens of religious authorities".Khomeini had hoped to be a candidate for election to the Assembly of ...