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North Korea says talks with South 'all but scrapped' SEOUL: North Korea's state media said Saturday high-level talks with the South were now all but scrapped due to the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from the South a day earlier.The two Koreas traded heavy machine-gun fire across their border Friday, triggered by the North Korean military trying to shoot down balloons carrying the leaflets, launched by activists in the South.Some rounds fell on the Southern side, which then responded with high-calibre machine gun fire. No casualties were reported on the South's side, and none are believed to have taken place in the North."Because of the irresponsible and provocative acts by the puppet regime... the planned high-level meeting is all but scrapped," Pyongyang's official Internet news provider Uriminzokkiri said.However it did not shut the door completely."It is totally up to the South Korean puppets' attitude what would happen to the North-South Korean relations in the future," it added.A week earlier, ...

Two Koreas exchange fire at border: military SEOUL: North and South Korea exchanged fire across their land border on Friday, the South's military said, after activists launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North."There was an exchange of fire," an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff office said, without elaborating.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Japan braces for powerful typhoon Vongfong TOKYO: Japan was on Friday bracing for powerful Typhoon Vongfong, with the monster storm expected to slam into the archipelago as early as the weekend.Packing gusts of up to 252 kilometres (156 miles) per hour, the typhoon was churning toward the southern Okinawa island chain at a speed of 10 kilometres per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded the storm from a supertyphoon, as powerful as Haiyan, which ripped ...
Taiwan's Ma voices support for Hong Kong protesters TAIPEI: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday called on Beijing to "let some people go democratic first" as he expressed support for protesters who have paralysed parts of Hong Kong for nearly two weeks.Taiwan has been watching closely the events in Hong Kong, where democracy activists are planning a fresh show of force Friday evening after talks with the city's government collapsed, deepening the political crisis in the Asian financial hub. Ma, in a speech ...
Thai PM to visit Myanmar in first overseas foray BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha will arrive in Myanmar on Thursday, a government spokesman said, in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom's emerging neighbour.The Thai junta ruler, who retired as army chief last month, is set for talks with fellow former general President Thein Sein, who swapped his uniform three years ago for civilian clothes as Myanmar edged away from ...
North Korea seeks to defuse UN rights criticism UNITED NATIONS: North Korea on Tuesday sought to defuse criticism of its human rights record, as the European Union and Japan prepared a UN resolution harshly condemning Pyongyang's brutality.North Korean officials told a rare UN briefing that there were no prison camps in their country, but rather reform-through-labor "detention centers.""There are detention centers whereby people improve their mentality and look upon their wrongdoings and they reform through labor," said official Choe Myong Nam.He said economic ...
Samsung boss 'recovering steadily' from heart attack: spokesman SEOUL: Samsung chairman Lee Kun-Hee is recovering steadily after suffering in May from a heart attack that left him hospitalised for months, a group spokesman said Wednesday. Lee, 72, is credited with turning the once-obscure South Korean company into the electronics giant currently leading the world's memory chip and smartphone markets.His failing health has fanned concerns over potential disruption in Samsung's management, with company officials largely tight-lipped over details of his condition."He is recovering steadily ...

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