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Japan PM says will offer about $20,000 subsidy for fuel-cell cars TOKYO: Japan will offer at least 2 million yen ($19,700) in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said according to media, as the government and Japanese carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles.The subsidy would mean that consumers would pay about 5 million yen for Toyota's fuel-cell sedan, which is set to go on sale by the end of March 2015 and priced at about 7 million yen.Abe, who visited a hydrogen station and test-drove fuel-cell cars on Friday, vowed to back the technology through subsidies and the purchase of the cars by government agencies."This is the car of a new era because it doesn't emit any carbon dioxide and it's environmentally friendly," Abe told reporters. "The government needs to support this."Abe's growth strategy promotes the use of hydrogen energy and fuel-cell cars, which use hydrogen as fuel and run on ...

China appoints special envoy for Afghanistan BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry said that it had appointed a special envoy for Afghanistan, underscoring Beijing's concerns that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.Sun Yuxi, a former ambassador to both Afghanistan and India, has been named to the new position and will have "close communication" with Afghanistan and other relevant parties, the ministry said in a statement.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change YANGON: Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of political strength ahead of elections next year.Suu Kyi has travelled the country drawing crowds of thousands with speeches urging the military to accept a reduced political role, as her party of democracy veterans touts its moral authority in the former army-run nation.The petition, which was ...
Philippines typhoon toll soars as new storm threatens MANILA: The disaster-weary Philippines braced for a second severe storm in five days on Saturday as the death toll from Typhoon Rammasun surged to 77, officials said.While Tropical Storm Matmo was not forecast to hit the main island of Luzon, the weather service warned it would still bring heavy rains to the area over the weekend, along with the threat of flash floods or landslides."(Matmo) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. We should get ...
Ousted Thai PM Yingluck vows not to flee BANGKOK: Thailand's deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges, after the country's junta gave her permission to travel overseas.In her first news conference since the army seized power in May, Yingluck said she would fly to Paris for a "private trip".She is expected to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother, the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, on July 26.Thaksin, a billionaire ...
Black box found at plane crash site in Ukraine GRABOVE: Rescue workers at the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine told an AFP reporter Friday that they had found one of the black boxes from the passenger liner.Emergency crews were working through the debris of the downed jet that was spread out across an area stretching for kilometres while rebels controlling the area have pledged to allow international investigators access to the site.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Australia to summon Russian ambassador over crash: PM SYDNEY: Australia will Friday summon the Russian ambassador over the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying it looked more like a crime than an accident.Abbott said he owed it to the families of those onboard, including 27 Australians, to find out exactly what happened to the aircraft which was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur."As things stand, this looks less like an accident than a crime," he ...

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