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North Korea test fires sub-launched missile: Seoul SEOUL: North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, days after threatening a nuclear strike in retaliation at the start of large-scale South Korea-US military exercises.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched from a submarine in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at around 5:50 am Seoul time (2050 GMT Tuesday).The brief statement gave no further details and offered no verdict on the success of the test.The launch came amid escalating cross-border tensions and just days after tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops kicked off their annual "Ulchi Freedom" military drill.Seoul and Washington insist such joint exercises are purely defensive in nature, but Pyongyang views them as wilfully provocative.North Korea on Monday condemned the drill as an "unpardonable criminal act," and warned that any violation of territorial sovereignty would result in a "pre-emptive nuclear strike".The two-week annual Ulchi ...

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Fraud suspect wanted by China pays $31mn to end NZ probe WELLINGTON: A Chinese-born businessman has agreed to pay New Zealand authorities US$31 million to settle their money laundering investigation into him, although he remains wanted by Beijing over the alleged multi-million-dollar fraud.William Yan, 45, holds New Zealand citizenship and denies any wrongdoing. Although he was never charged in New Zealand with money-laundering, China still considers him one of the country's most-wanted suspects.New Zealand police said Tuesday they have frozen assets worth NZ$42.85 million (US$31.22 million) ...

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Ex-Singapore president Nathan dies SINGAPORE: Former Singapore president S. R. Nathan, whose colourful career included stints as a spymaster and diplomat, died in hospital on Monday, the government said in a statement.The 92-year-old veteran public servant, who was closely associated with Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, was hospitalised on July 31 after suffering a cerebral stroke."The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing of Mr S. R. Nathan and would like to ...

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Japan plans $33bn budget for Abe's spending programme, draft version shows TOKYO: Japan's government is preparing a $33 billion supplementary budget to help fund Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic stimulus package, largely financed by construction bonds, according to a draft seen on Monday by Reuters. The 3.2869 trillion yen ($32.75 billion) programme, the second supplementary budget for the fiscal year started in April, includes the issuance of 2.75 trillion yen in bonds earmarked for construction projects, the draft shows. Abe's cabinet is to approve the draft ...

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Japan protests to Russia over man detained on disputed island TOKYO: Japan on Monday lodged a diplomatic protest with Russia over the detention of a Japanese citizen visiting an island disputed by the two countries.Tokyo and Moscow are working to resolve decades of tensions over four islands occupied by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II and now controlled by Russia.The man, who has not been identified, was detained following baggage checks conducted ahead of his scheduled departure, Chief Cabinet Secretary ...

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South Korea warns of possible North Korean assassination squads SEOUL: South Korea warned Sunday of possible North Korean assassinations and kidnappings in revenge for recent high-profile defections to the South.With tensions also high before a large-scale South Korea-US military exercise starting Monday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Pyongyang was bent on provocation.A ministry official told reporters the defection to Seoul of North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain and his family had put the North in "a very difficult situation"."Considering (North Korean leader) Kim ...

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Japan hit by 6.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning TOKYO: Japan was hit by a strong earthquake for the second straight day on Saturday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, officials said.A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan Saturday, 167 kilometres (103 miles) from Miyako city, the US Geological Survey said.There was no threat of a tsunami following quake which had a depth of 10 kilometres, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.The jolt came one day ...