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Korean Air chairman's daughter charged over nut case outburst SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors charged the daughter of the chairman of Korean Air Lines on Wednesday for delaying a flight following an outburst over the way she was served nuts, in a case that stirred public outrage and ridicule. Heather Cho, a former executive of the airline and head of in-flight service before she resigned, had demanded the chief steward be removed from the flight at John F. Kennedy airport in New York after another flight attendant in first class served her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a dish.The early December incident, which media has dubbed the "nut rage" case, has aggravated public resentment of South Korea's powerful family-run conglomerates, called chaebol, which are seen as dominating the economy and contributing to a widening wealth gap. Prosecutors said Cho, who has been held in custody by a court since Dec. 30, was facing charges of violating aviation security ...

5.4-magnitude quake rocks Taiwan TAIPEI: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the east of Taiwan Wednesday afternoon and shook buildings in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake struck at 12:48 pm (0448 GMT) northeast of Hualien, a coastal city in the east, Taiwan's Seismology Center said.It was 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) deep and an earthquake report showed that it was felt islandwide, including in Taipei which lies 120 km to the north.It came ...
China encourages NGOs to sue in environmental oversight BEIJING: China on Wednesday granted non governmental organisations more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.NGOs that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People's Court said on its website.They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the NGO ...
Hong Kong takes next step on political reform HONG KONG: Hong Kong will take the next step in its contentious political reform process Wednesday when the government unveils new proposals for how the city should choose its next leader.Tensions remain high following more than two months of mass protests for fully free elections that failed to win concessions for pro-democracy campaigners.China has pledged that voters in Hong Kong can elect the city's next chief executive in 2017 -- the first time there has ...
Chinese Communist hero Lei Feng not beloved by US cadets after all BEIJING: A former Chinese journalist has admitted falling for an April Fool that has spurred three decades of claims cadets at the West Point US military academy studied the example of Communist hero Lei Feng.Li Zhurun, a former reporter for China's official Xinhua news agency who is now a university professor, made the confession on his Sina Weibo microblog.Ever since Communist China's supreme leader Mao Zedong recognised Lei Feng for his humble heroism, said to ...
North Korea has 'significant' tech to build mini nuclear device SEOUL: South Korea's defence ministry said Tuesday that North Korea appeared to have achieved a "significant" level of technology to miniaturise a nuclear device to be fitted on the tip of a missile.The ministry made the warning in a white paper due to be released later Tuesday, although defence officials said the nuclear-armed North has yet to demonstrate its miniaturisation capacity."North Korea's capabilities of miniaturising nuclear weapons appear to have reached a significant level," the ...
Australia yet to decide on submarine fleet plan: ministry SYDNEY: Australia is in talks with Japan and others on the design and production of its new submarines, the defence department said Tuesday, but did not confirm reports the two nations would jointly build the fleet.Australia is seeking to replace its fleet of diesel and electric-powered submarines that date from the 1990s, but has not yet said if it will build the vessels locally or buy them off-the-shelf from an international supplier.Under the proposal reported ...

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