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US Navy seizes Iranian weapons bound for Yemen rebels WASHINGTON: US naval forces in the Arabian Sea seized a shipment of weapons that the United States believes was sent from Iran and was bound for Huthi rebels in Yemen, the Navy said Monday.The patrol ship USS Sirocco intercepted and seized the shipment hidden aboard a small dhow on March 28.The illicit cargo included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG launchers and 21 .50 caliber machine guns, the Navy said in a statement.The dhow and its crew were allowed to sail on after the weapons were seized. The Navy said it was the latest in a series of illicit weapons shipments which the United States believes originated in Iran.Pro-government Yemeni forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling the Iran-backed Huthi rebels for more than a year.The warring parties are preparing for a UN-brokered ceasefire due to take effect on April 10 and intended to pave the way for peace talks ...

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'Powerful force' behind Panama Papers: China media BEIJING: Hostile Western forces are behind the "Panama Papers", a state-run Chinese newspaper alleged Tuesday, as media avoided reporting revelations about Communist leaders and it emerged that the law firm involved has eight offices in the country.The scandal erupted on Sunday when media groups began revealing the results of a year-long investigation into a trove of 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specialises in creating offshore shell companies.At least eight current ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role YANGON: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country's new president, a ruling party official said Monday.Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country's first civilian-led government in decades by taking on a string of senior roles in the new administration.She has vowed to rule "above" the president, picking school friend and close aide ...

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Malaysia's 1MDB financed 'Wolf of Wall Street': report NEW YORK: Some of the money to make the hit movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" was allegedly laundered from a scandal-hit Malaysian firm founded by the country's leader, the Wall Street Journal reported.Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been under fire over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and his acceptance of a $681 million overseas payment.Both Najib and the now debt-stricken company ...

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US, Philippines hold war games as China flexes muscles MANILA: Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on Monday launch annual war games that this year are being seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region.The 11-day Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises are expected to show how the Philippines, though severely outgunned, can counter China with the help of the United States, its longest-standing ally.China has in recent months built massive structures including radar systems and an airstrip ...

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North Korea appears to have fired missile into sea SEOUL: North Korea fired a missile into the sea off its east coast on Friday, the South's military said, hours after the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States warned Pyongyang to end provocations or face more pressure. The projectile was fired from a region near the North's east coast, a South Korean military official said by telephone. It was a short-range surface to air missile, another official at the office of the ...

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Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast; no tsunami TOKYO: A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's southwest coast on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but local authorities said there was no danger of a tsunami. The quake hit at 11:39 am (0239 GMT) off the coast of Japan's main Honshu island, at a location about 350 kilometres (395 miles) southwest of Tokyo, USGS and the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake was measured at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.No damage ...