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British 'barbarians' need manners lesson, says China paper in rudeness row BEIJING: The British media is riddled with "barbarians" who would benefit from a lesson in manners from China's ancient civilisation, a state-run newspaper said Thursday after Queen Elizabeth II called some Chinese officials "very rude".In a rare diplomatic gaffe, the British monarch was caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace garden party making unguarded comments about a state visit last year by President Xi Jinping that drummed up billions in Chinese investment.The remarks made headlines worldwide on Wednesday but initially they were largely censored in China, blacked out of BBC World transmissions, according to the British broadcaster.The Global Times newspaper, which is close to China's ruling Communist Party, blamed the British media for blowing the incident out of proportion and fawning over the footage as if it was "the most precious treasure". "The West in modern times has risen to the top and created a brilliant civilisation, but their media ...

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More debris 'almost certainly' from MH370: Australia SYDNEY: Two more pieces of debris were all but confirmed Thursday to be from flight MH370, adding fresh clues to the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines plane which is presumed to have crashed at sea.The fragments washed up on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius in March and brought to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's laboratories for testing.After an expert examination they were found to have "almost certainly" come from the fated Boeing 777 aircraft, ...

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Iran says pilgrims to miss hajj after no deal with Saudi TEHRAN: Iran has failed to reach agreement with Saudi Arabia on arrangements for its pilgrims to join the annual hajj in September following a severing of ties, its culture minister said on Thursday."The arrangements have not been put together and it's now too late," Ali Jannati told the official IRNA news agency. "The sabotage is coming from the Saudis."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Hiroshima hopes Obama visit will revitalise anti-nuclear push TOKYO: Barack Obama's trip to Hiroshima this month is a chance for him to see how the city suffered after its atomic bombing, and to renew his push for global nuclear disarmament, local officials said Wednesday.On May 27, Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, the White House said Tuesday, stressing there would be no apology for the city's devastation in the final days of World War II.Obama, who will be ...

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China scrambles fighters as US sails warship near Chinese-claimed reef BEIJING/HONG KONG: China scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday as a US navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China denounced as an illegal threat to peace which only went to show its defence installations in the area were necessary. Guided missile destroyer the USS William P. Lawrence travelled within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef, US Defense Department spokesman Bill Urban said. The ...

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Japan will intervene if 'one-sided' yen moves persist: Aso TOKYO: Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that Japan's financial authorities will intervene in the currency market if "one-sided" yen rises persist. "Japan has not and has no plans to manipulate currency moves on a long-term basis," Aso told parliament, though he added that it was a shared understanding among G7 and G20 nations that excessive currency volatility was undesirable. "Japan obviously will intervene if one-sided moves persist," he said. "Currency moves have been ...

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Philippine boxing legend Pacquiao punches way into Senate MANILA: Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is virtually assured of a seat in the upper house Senate, according to election results Tuesday which take him a step closer to his dream of the Philippines presidency. Pacquiao, 37, whose rise from desperate street kid to boxing superstar has made him one of the nation's biggest heroes, retired from boxing last month to become a full-time politician.With over 91 percent of voting centres accounted for from Monday's polls, ...