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China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes BEIJING: China is "strongly dissatisfied" with a Group of Seven statement calling for restraint in disputed waters, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, as worries grow in Asia over Beijing's territorial and military ambitions."China is strongly dissatisfied with relevant moves taken by G7," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement."We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes, respect the efforts by regional countries, stop all irresponsible words and actions, and make constructive contribution to regional peace and stability."A two-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers -- a grouping that excludes China -- in the Japanese city of Hiroshima issued a joint statement saying: "We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and emphasise the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes."We express our strong opposition to any intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could ...

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Iran says Russia delivers first part of S-300 air defence system DUBAI: Russia has sent the first part of its S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency on Monday.Russia says it canceled a contract to deliver S-300s, among the world's most capable air defence systems, to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West. But President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2015 following an interim nuclear deal between ...

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Kerry pays landmark visit to Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial HIROSHIMA: John Kerry on Monday became the first US secretary of state to visit Hiroshima's revered atomic bomb memorial, calling it a "stark, harsh, compelling reminder" to end the threat of nuclear weapons.Kerry, who was accompanied by other G7 foreign ministers, is the highest-ranking US administration official to pay his respects at the site of the World War II bombing -- the world's first nuclear attack.His trip comes as White House officials say President Barack ...

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Heatwave shuts more than 250 Malaysian schools KUALA LUMPUR: More than 250 Malaysian schools were closed on Monday due to a heatwave brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon which is severely affecting food production and causing chronic water shortages in many countries.Authorities ordered schools in the states of Perlis and Pahang to shut after temperatures soared above 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over a 72-hour period, according to local reports.The education ministry said the decision was made to protect ...

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G7 Hiroshima Declaration calls for 'world without nuclear weapons' HIROSHIMA: US Secretary of State John Kerry and G7 foreign ministers on Monday called for a "world without nuclear weapons", citing North Korea's sabre-rattling as a key challenge to achieving that goal."We reaffirm our commitment to seeking a safer world for all and to creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons in a way that promotes international stability," the group said in their "Hiroshima Declaration", after a landmark visit to the Japanese city's ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi undergoes eye surgery: official YANGON: Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi underwent successful eye surgery Saturday, a senior party official said, weeks after the 70-year-old's fledgling administration took power."She went back home after the successful operation," Win Htein, a senior member of Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, told AFP.He declined to comment on the specific nature of the operation but said it was minor and that Suu Kyi, who is state counsellor and foreign minister, would ...

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Iran says US, not Tehran, damaging the Middle East TEHRAN: Iran's defence minister poured scorn Saturday on US Secretary of State John Kerry's accusations that Tehran is "destabilising" the Middle East, countering that America should get out of the region.The broadside illustrated new tension between Iran and the United States, despite last year's nuclear deal, with contrasting stances on the conflicts in Yemen and Syria underpinning the latest barbs. If the US seeks "stability" it should "leave the region and stop supporting terrorists," Defence ...