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Images suggest N. Korea may be preparing missile launch: report TOKYO: Satellite imagery analysis suggests North Korea may be preparing a long-range ballistic missile launch, Japan's Kyodo News reported Thursday, citing a Japanese government source.Imagery collected over the past several days suggested the launch from the western Dongchang-ri site could come in about a week, Kyodo said.While the report did not provide any details on the source of the analysis, Japan's key security ally the United States regularly monitors North Korea from space while Japan itself in 2003 began its own satellite monitoring of the country.South Korean defence ministry spokesperson Kim Min-Seok declined to confirm or deny the report, saying the ministry did not comment on intelligence matters.He added, however, that South Korea's military was monitoring for any signs of a long-range missile launch.The report came as the international community discusses further sanctions against Pyongyang for conducting its fourth nuclear test earlier this month."The reclusive country's supposed action could be ...

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Myanmar president hails 'triumph' of democratic transition NAYPYIDAW: President Thein Sein hailed the "triumph" of Myanmar's transition of power Thursday, addressing a military-dominated parliament for the final time before a handover to Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy movement.The Southeast Asian nation, choked for decades under junta rule, is on the cusp of a remarkable political transition after Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) thundered to victory in November elections. Myanmar's people are hoping her government can reboot a country eviscerated by ...

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Suu Kyi's novice MPs learn ropes in outgoing Myanmar parliament YANGON: Hundreds of newly-elected Myanmar MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi's party took lessons in lawmaking from the outgoing army-dominated parliament Wednesday, days before taking their seats in the most democratic legislature for decades.A landslide victory for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) in November polls will give the politicians their first taste of power when the new parliament convenes on February 1, a historical turning point for a nation long stifled by military ...

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Vietnam re-elects conservative party leader Trong HANOI: Vietnam's top communist leader Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected Wednesday in a victory for the party's old guard which some fear could slow crucial economic reforms in the fast-growing country.Factional fighting overshadowed a week of closed-door talks at the five-yearly Communist Party Congress. But Trong, 72, retained his position while his rival -- reformist Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung -- was pushed from power.Dung remains prime minister but will step down later this year ...

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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 ...

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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 ...