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Rouhani postpones Europe trip after Paris attacks TEHRAN: Hassan Rouhani on Saturday postponed what would have been the first visit to Europe by an Iranian president in 10 years after attacks in Paris that he described as "crimes against humanity."Rouhani had been due to hold talks in Rome on Saturday with Pope Francis as well as Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before travelling on to the French capital.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had been due to travel with Rouhani, told state television he would now instead head Iran's delegation to international talks on the Syrian conflict in Vienna.Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had been due to lead the Iranian team.Rouhani sent a message of condolence to French counterpart Francois Hollande on the shootings and bombings in Paris that left more than 120 people dead, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported."In the name of the Iranian people, who have themselves been victims ...

Suu Kyi landslide leaves Myanmar ethnic parties behind YANGON: Myanmar's diverse ethnic minority parties were counting their losses on Saturday after Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party won a landslide victory in historic polls.Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has so far scooped 80 percent of elected seats in polls that promise to dramatically redraw the political landscape in a nation stifled for decades under the grip of army rule. The party sailed past the threshold it needed to secure an absolute ...
Seoul takes hard line ahead of anti-government rally SEOUL: South Korean authorities have warned they will take a hard line against a large-scale anti-government protest planned for central Seoul on Saturday.Speaking on television, the country's justice minister, flanked by the labour minister and three vice ministers of agriculture, education and administration, said any sign of violence or illegal gatherings would be firmly dealt with."The government hereby makes it clear that any illegal mass action or violence will be strongly dealt with," Minister Kim ...
Fiji swears in new president SUVA: A retired military officer and diplomat was sworn in Thursday as Fiji's first president since the Pacific country's democracy-restoring elections last year.Major General Jioji Konrote's inauguration took place in a ceremony at Government House, Suva, presided over by Chief Justice Anthony Gates."I will dedicate myself to the wellbeing of the Republic of Fiji and all Fijians, protect and promote their rights," he said.Parliament elected Konrote as president last month and he resigned as employment ...
Australian PM seeks to repair strained ties on Indonesia visit JAKARTA: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday made his first visit to Indonesia since taking power, seeking to repair a key relationship strained by repeated crises under his conservative predecessor.Ties between the neighbours sank to their lowest level in years under former premier Tony Abbott, over rows about Jakarta's execution of Australian drug smugglers, Canberra's hardline policy of turning migrant boats back to Indonesia and espionage allegations.Hopes are high that relations will improve under ...
Myanmar's army chief makes overture to Suu Kyi party after poll YANGON: Myanmar's powerful army chief on Wednesday congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi's party for "winning a majority" in landmark polls, agreeing to talks as her pro-democracy opposition appeared set for a landslide victory.The comments carry significant weight coming from the from Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military that ruled the country for half a century with an iron fist and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 years.Suu Kyi, whose National ...
China Jan-Oct FDI rises 8.6pc y/y BEIJING: China attracted 639.4 billion yuan ($100.42 billion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 10 months of 2015, up 8.6 percent from a year earlier, the commerce ministry said on Wednesday. In October, FDI inflows rose 4.2 percent from a year earlier to 54.7 billion yuan, the ministry said in a statement on its website. According to the ministry, FDI in the services sector rose 19.4 percent from a year earlier, to $63.4 ...

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