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Fire diverts N. Korea Air Koryo flight: report BEIJING: A fire forced a flight from North Korean flag-carrier Air Koryo to land in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.In a brief despatch from Pyongyang, Xinhua said the scheduled flight from the North Korean capital to Beijing was forced to divert and land in Shenyang "because the plane caught fire."The report, which was sourced to a passenger on board who had spoken to the news service, gave no further details and offered no information regarding damage to the plane or possible passenger injuries.Although Air Koryo regularly occupies bottom spot in the Skytrax star rating system for commercial airlines, it has a decent safety record with just one fatal accident in more than 30 years.However, critics point out that the record is built on an extremely limited service which currently comprises regular flights to just three destinations in China, and Vladivostok in ...

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'Better angels' will prevail in US election: Biden SYDNEY: The "better angels in America will prevail" in the upcoming presidential elections, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday as he warned about xenophobia during a visit to Australia.Biden said both the US and Australia were dealing with the legacies of racism and exclusion but would inexorably move forward."Don't worry about our election. The better angels in America will prevail," he assured Australians in Sydney at the end of his three-day visit. "So at a ...

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North Korea says missile test simulated attack on South Korea ports, airfields SEOUL: North Korea said on Wednesday it had conducted a ballistic missile test that simulated preemptive strikes against South Korean ports and airfields used by the US military, likely referring to the launches of three missiles on Tuesday. The North's leader Kim Jong Un supervised the exercise that successfully tested the simulated detonation of nuclear warheads mounted on missiles, its official KCNA news agency reported. It did not give the date of the exercise, as ...

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Beijing to hold South China Sea war games after ruling BEIJING: Beijing will close off access to part of the South China Sea for military drills, officials said Monday, after an international tribunal ruled against its sweeping claims in the waters.An area off the east coast of China's island province of Hainan will host military exercises from Tuesday to Thursday, China's maritime administration said on its website, adding that entrance was "prohibited".The area of sea identified is some distance from the Paracel islands and even ...

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5.0 magnitude quake shakes Tokyo TOKYO: A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and large ares of eastern Japan Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.The quake hit at 1:24 pm (0424 GMT) with its epicentre at a relatively shallow depth of 40 kilometres in Ibaraki, northeast of the capital, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.No damage or injuries were immediately reported as buildings in Tokyo were shaken by the jolt."Shinkansen" bullet train ...

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Japan Abe orders new stimulus package after election win TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered a new round of fiscal stimulus spending after a crushing election victory over the weekend as evidence mounted the corporate sector is floundering due to weak demand.Abe did not give details on the size of the package, but Japanese stocks jumped nearly 4 percent and the yen weakened over perceptions a landslide victory in upper house elections now gives him a free hand to draft economic policy.An unexpected ...

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Japan ruling coalition expands majority in upper house: media TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track to expand its majority in upper house elections on Sunday, media projections showed, in a convincing victory despite lukewarm support for its policies.Abe, in power since late 2012, has yet to achieve a strong recovery in the world's third-largest economy through massive easy money and other steps -- so-called Abenomics.Voters have also expressed misgivings about his cherished dream of amending the country's war-renouncing constitution. ...