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China slams US for 'hyping' up naval probe seizure BEIJING: Beijing Saturday slammed the US for "hyping" up its seizure of a naval probe in the South China Sea, saying it was "strongly opposed" to US reconnaissance operations."The hyping up from the American side is inappropriate and unhelpful to the swift resolution of the problem," China's defence ministry said in a statement. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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China protests Dalai Lama meeting with Indian president BEIJING: China has objected to the Dalai Lama meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month, saying the talks had negatively impacted ties between the Asian neighbours.The Tibetan spiritual leader met with Mukherjee at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi during a child welfare summit attended by Nobel laureates and world leaders on December 10-11. "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to any form of contacts between officials of other countries with him ...

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Gunmen kill five female airport workers in Afghanistan KANDAHAR: Gunmen shot dead five female airport workers and their driver in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining the threat to employed women in the country. The women were in a van driving to the airport in the southern Kandahar province when at least three gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at them, provincial spokesman Samim Kheplwak told AFP. "All the women and their driver aboard the van were killed. The attackers fled the area and we ...

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Iran summons British envoy in Syria tit for tat TEHRAN: Iran summoned the top British diplomat in Tehran for the second time this month to complain about criticism of its actions in Syria, state television reported on Saturday.The move came after British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called in the Russian and Iranian ambassadors in London on Thursday to express his "profound concern" over their countries' role in the "suffering" of the people of Aleppo."Following the ill-considered statements and positions of British officials concerning the ...

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Conservative South Koreans rally to support Park, more big protests loom SEOUL: Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has been impeached over a corruption scandal, rallied on Saturday for her reinstatement, countering weeks of large protests calling on her to step down immediately.Hundreds of thousands of protesters have thronged the streets of Seoul on recent weekends, demanding her resignation over the influence-peddling scandal involving a close friend. Another such rally was set for later on Saturday. Park's presidential powers have been suspended since a ...

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Under smog alert, Beijing orders factories to shut or cut output BEIJING: Beijing's city government ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including a major oil refinery run by state oil giant Sinopec, to shut or cut output on Saturday after authorities issued the highest possible air pollution alert. On Friday, China's environmental watchdog issued a five-day warning about choking smog spreading across the north and ordered factories to shut, recommended residents stay indoors and curbed traffic and construction work. Red alerts are issued when the ...

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Philippines' Duterte fires 2 immigration officials tainted with corruption MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday fired two immigration officials facing allegations of corruption as he reaffirmed his commitment to ensure a clean government. "I said before that corruption will have no place in my government," Duterte, who won the presidency in May on a promise to rid the country of drugs, crime and corruption, said on arriving home from visits to Cambodia and Singapore. "Consistent with this electoral campaign, I have directed the ...