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South East Asia

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South Korea Approves Construction of Shin Kori 5, 6: watchdog SEOUL: South Korea's nuclear watchdog said on Thursday it has approved the construction of two nuclear power plants that were authorised by the government in 2014. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission backed the construction of the Shin Kori No. 5 and No. 6 reactors, in the city of Ulsan, about 410 km (255 miles), southeast of Seoul, after reviewing safety standards. It said the reactors would be completed as scheduled by March 2021 and March 2022, respectively. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Suu Kyi visit to Thailand spotlights Myanmar migrant plight MAHACHAI: Hundreds of migrants from Myanmar on Thursday gave Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi a thunderous welcome on her first visit to neighbouring Thailand since her National League for Democracy swept to election victory in November.Thailand is home to between two million and three million migrant workers from Myanmar, many of whom do back-breaking jobs most Thais are unwilling to do. Suu Kyi's visit has prompted renewed calls for better protection for the ...

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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker charged with corruption HONG KONG: A veteran pro-democracy lawmaker was charged Thursday by Hong Kong's corruption bureau over a payment from one of the city's best-known anti-China media tycoons, in a case he described as a political move.Leung Kwok-hung -- known locally as "Long Hair" -- is a prominent activist from the League of Social Democrats. He was arrested and charged with one count of misconduct in public office by the city's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).He is ...

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China factories closed over toxic school tracks scare BEIJING: Chinese authorities have shut down nine factories and detained some executives after reports that toxic industrial waste was used to make running tracks widely used at schools, official media said Thursday.Smelly synthetic sports fields and athletics circuits, along with students falling sick from exposure to them, have regularly made headlines in China in recent years.Parents of pupils at an elite elementary school in Beijing protested this month saying that their children suffered from nose ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits troubled diaspora in Thailand BANGKOK: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived Thursday in Thailand where she is expected to be garlanded by her adoring compatriots, hundreds of thousands of whom have sought work and sanctuary from war across the border.It is Suu Kyi's highest profile overseas visit since her pro-democracy party took power in April, ending nearly half a century of military domination.Her government has seeded hopes for a new era of prosperity that could eventually convince the army ...

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North Korea rules out nuclear talks resumption: official BEIJING: North Korea has "no thoughts" of resuming six-party talks on its nuclear programme, a top Pyongyang official said Thursday in Beijing, despite the repeated urgings of its closest ally China.The North quit the now-stalled negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons programme in 2009, and soon afterwards carried out its second atomic test. The talks are hosted by China, and include South Korea, the United States, Russia, and Japan.Beijing, the North's main diplomatic protector ...

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Indonesian leader visits South China Sea islands on warship JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo visited remote Indonesian islands on a warship Thursday in an apparent show of force after clashes with Chinese vessels and as fears grow Beijing is seeking to stake a claim in the area.Widodo led a high-level delegation including the foreign minister and armed forces chief to Indonesia's Natuna Islands in the South China Sea, arriving at a navy base before being escorted to the warship as fighter jets buzzed overhead and ...