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Tokyo governor faces no-confidence motions over lavish expenses TOKYO: Embattled Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe faced intensified pressure to resign Tuesday over a spending scandal that threatens to become a campaign issue in a national parliamentary election next month. Masuzoe, 67, has been subject to harsh media and legislative grilling over lavish outlays on official overseas trips, online purchases of art and accommodation at high-end hotels and spas, some of which was paid for using official funds.On Tuesday, all major parties in the Tokyo legislature except Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) -- the biggest force in the capital's politics and the main supporter of Masuzoe -- submitted no-confidence motions against the governor.But the LDP is now expected to add its voice to calls for his resignation amid concerns that its support for Masuzoe, a former party member, could embarrass the party in July 10 elections for the upper house of parliament, local media said.Wednesday, the last ...

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Three killed in Myanmar helicopter crash YANGON: Three Myanmar army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in the country's central region Tuesday, the military said in a statement.The MI2 helicopter went down mid-morning after it hit poor weather in south central Bago, according to the statement released by the office of the army's commander-in-chief. It was flying south from Meiktila to an air base near Yangon, the former capital and largest city. "All ...

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China says to ban export of more dual-use goods to North Korea BEIJING: China's Ministry of Commerce released a list of goods banned for export to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction. The list of dual-use goods, or products that have both civilian and military use, comes after the United Nations nuclear watchdog said North Korea appeared to have reopened a plant to produce plutonium from spent fuel of a reactor central to its banned atomic weapons ...

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China thanks countries for supporting it over South China Sea BEIJING: China expressed thanks on Tuesday for the dozens of countries it says have offered support for its position on a case brought by the Philippines over Chinese claims in the South China Sea, saying they are speaking out to uphold justice. China has stepped up its rhetoric ahead of an expected ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the Philippine case.China refuses to recognise the case and says all disputes ...

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Taiwan's Tsai to visit Panama as alliance in question TAIPEI: Taiwan's new president is set to visit Panama next week in her first overseas trip since taking office, amid speculation that it could become the next ally to switch allegiance to Beijing.Beijing-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen's trip to the inauguration of the newly expanded Panama Canal comes as ties between Taiwan and mainland China turn rapidly frostier.Taiwan has been self-ruling since a split with the mainland in 1949 after a civil war, but it has never ...

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Blast from ‘self-made’ explosive injures three in Shanghai airport BEIJING: A blast caused by "self-made explosive materials" injured three people at a terminal in Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on Sunday, the Shanghai Airport Authority said. The explosion occurred near the airport's Terminal Two ticketing area shortly after 2 p.m. and the people who were injured were transported for medical treatment, the authority said in a short statement on its official microblog. Police had already taken control of the incident area and flight schedules were ...

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Singapore PM defends government Internet blockage SINGAPORE: Singapore's prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has defended the country's controversial decision to cut off civil servants' work computers from the Internet, calling the move "absolutely necessary" to keep information systems secure. "Are we happy? I don't think so, because it will slow us down in terms of day-to-day productivity. In terms of security, safety of our systems, safety of our citizens and information concerning them, it's absolutely necessary," he told Singapore media during ...