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Japan shuts embassy in strife-torn Yemen TOKYO: Japan said on Monday it had temporarily shut its embassy in Yemen, adding to the latest exodus of foreign diplomats over security fears after a Shia militia takeover.Operations at the mission in Sanaa were suspended as of Sunday due to the "worsening security situation" in the country, the foreign ministry said.Its staff have evacuated to the Japanese embassy in Qatar, from where they will be fulfilling some duties.Tokyo has urged its citizens to leave the strife-racked country as the security situation deteriorates.Huthi militiamen dissolved Yemen's government and parliament on February 6 after seizing the presidential palace and key government buildings.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Yemen is falling apart, and called for the reinstatement of Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

South Africa slams Japan newspaper column praising apartheid TOKYO: South Africa has protested after a prominent columnist in leading right-wing newspaper in Japan praised racial segregation under apartheid as a model for Japanese immigration policy, the paper said Sunday.Mohau N. Pheko, South Africa's ambassador to Japan, accused novelist Ayako Sono of glorifying the system of apartheid in the column published on Wednesday in the Sankei Shimbun. Sono, who was previously an adviser to the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on education reform, ...
OCBC says did not reach deal to sell United Engineers stake to Thai billionaire SINGAPORE: Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and its insurance arm said they did not reach an agreement to sell their stake in United Engineers Ltd to a company controlled by Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.OCBC and Great Eastern Holdings had entered into exclusive talks with TCC Top Enterprise Ltd, controlled by Charoen and his wife, over the stake sale in August.OCBC and related companies own around 36 percent of United Engineers, which has a market capitalisation ...
Australia PM pleads with Indonesia over death row men SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia's call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead.Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are facing execution by firing squad after being convicted over a failed 2005 bid to traffic heroin from Indonesia's island of Bali into Australia."Millions of Australians are feeling very, very upset about what may soon ...
Korean Air heiress appeals in 'nut rage' case SEOUL: The daughter of Korean Air's chairman appealed Friday against her conviction for violating aviation safety law during a "nut rage" incident that invited international ridicule.Cho Hyun-Ah, a former executive vice president of the airline, was handed a one-year jail term on Thursday, after being found guilty of safety breaches and assaulting cabin staff.The main charge related to her decision to force a taxiing New York-Seoul KAL flight to return to its departure gate on ...
Australians could boycott Indonesia over executions: FM SYDNEY: Australian travellers could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday as she refused to rule out withdrawing diplomats.Bishop, who pleaded for the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in parliament Thursday, said the situation was tense as Indonesian authorities made plans to transfer the pair from prison to the site of their execution."It's a very tense situation," Bishop told Fairfax radio.Vigils have been ...
Nearly 50 Myanmar troops killed fighting northern rebels YANGON: Nearly 50 soldiers have been killed in recent fighting with rebels in a northern border area near China, Myanmar's state media said Friday, the latest blow to government hopes for a countrywide ceasefire.The troops were killed in four days of clashes in Shan state with largely ethnic Chinese rebels from the Kokang region which broke out on February 9, the Global New Light of Myanmar said."So far, the fighting has left government forces with ...

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