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Thailand votes for military constitution, preliminary referendum results show BANGKOK: Thailand voted to accept a military-backed constitution in a referendum on Sunday, results from the Election Commission based on 94 percent of votes counted showed. The breakdown was 61.4 percent in favour of the constitution and 38.6 percent against.The vote paves the way for a general election in 2017 and requires future governments to rule on the military's terms.Critics have called the constitution undemocratic. The Election Commission has said it will announce final results on Wednesday. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Japan cabinet approves $130bn in fiscal steps to boost growth TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved 13.5 trillion yen ($132.04 billion) in fiscal measures on Tuesday as part of efforts to revive the flagging economy, with cash payouts to low-income earners and infrastructure spending.The package includes 7.5 trillion yen in spending by the national and local governments, and earmarks 6 trillion yen from the Fiscal Investment and Loan Program, which is not included in the government's general budget.The stimulus spending is part of ...

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Japan's Abe, eyeing lengthy rule, to opt for stability in cabinet rejig TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to put priority on stability when he rejigs his cabinet and top party line-up on Wednesday, retaining key ministers and tapping a veteran lawmaker who favours big spending as ruling party number two.The reshuffle comes as Abe tries to rev up economic growth, handle multiple diplomatic challenges and eyes the possibility of staying in office after his term as ruling Liberal Democratic Party president ends in 2018.Abe, ...

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China issues warning ahead of Typhoon Nida BEIJING: China issued a "yellow alert" for Typhoon Nida, predicting it would hit the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued the third-most severe alert on a four-colour scale, warning of strong winds and heavy rain along the coast affecting Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan provinces as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Nida will be the fourth typhoon to hit China this year with natural ...

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China raises alert level ahead of Typhoon Nida BEIJING: China issued an "orange alert" for Typhoon Nida on Sunday, predicting the storm would hit the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported. The National Meteorological Center (NMC) raised the threat level to the second-most severe alert on a four-colour scale after issuing a yellow alert earlier in the day. It warned of strong winds and heavy rain along the coast affecting Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan provinces as well as ...

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Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India GUWAHATI: Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.Rivers have burst their banks, flooding villages in the northeastern tea-growing state of Assam where 26 people have died, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, after carrying out an aerial survey of the worst-affected districts."The flood situation is really grim. Twenty-six ...

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North Korea 'Kim badges' found in South: report SEOUL: South Korean police launched an investigation Thursday after 200 badges featuring the portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il were found at a hotel near the country's main airport, Yonhap news agency reported.Police found the badges scattered on a flowerbed at the Grand Hyatt near Incheon International Airport and have launched a joint probe with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) into the source of the pins, South Korea's Yonhap said.Police officials and the ...