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South East Asia

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Floods kill 11 people in central Vietnam, storm approaching HANOI: Floods in Vietnam's four central provinces have killed at least 11 people and displaced thousands, with a storm in the South China Sea approaching the central coast.Flooding from very heavy rainfall brought by a tropical low pressure system since Wednesday have cut food supplies to thousands of people and blocked north-south traffic, the government said in a statement on Saturday.Seven people drowned or were electrocuted in Quang Binh province, four others were killed in three nearby provinces, and at least 30,000 homes were submerged, state-run Vietnam Television (VTV) said, citing government reports."It is our priority now to save people's lives," Chairman Nguyen Huu Hoai of the provincial People's Committee in Quang Binh said on a VTV bulletin.Dozens of foreign tourists were among passengers stranded on 22 trains in the affected region, prompting provincial authorities to provide food and water, while many flights to the region were cancelled, VTV said.Tropical ...

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China woos key India ally Bangladesh with investment DHAKA: Bangladeshi leaders will on Friday welcome the first Chinese president to visit in three decades, seeking to secure much-needed infrastructure investment without alienating China's main regional rival India, a key ally.Impoverished Bangladesh needs tens of billions of dollars of investment in transport infrastructure and energy to boost its flagging economic fortunes and create jobs for its 160 million people.Bangladeshi officials say they expect President Xi Jinping to sign loan and investment agreements worth around ...

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Family walk out of Hughes inquest SYDNEY: The family of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes walked out of the inquest into his death on Friday, with his father calling the Sydney Cricket Ground an "unsafe workplace".Hughes, who played 26 Tests, was 25 years old when he died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the base of the skull by a ball during a domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. The five-day inquest, which wraps up Friday, ...

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Tokyo pledges support for Japanese firms in Thailand TOKYO: Thailand's biggest foreign investor, Japan, said Friday it would offer support to its firms in the kingdom as concerns grow that the death of its revered monarch could derail the economy.Japan has more than 4,000 companies operating in Thailand, dubbed the "Detroit of Southeast Asia" due to the huge number of auto manufacturing plants."The government will offer appropriate support to Japanese companies if necessary so that the impact on them would be kept to ...

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'I'll humiliate you': Duterte challenges West to probe Philippines drugs war MANILA: Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called US President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations "fools" on Thursday, and warned they would end up humiliated and outsmarted if they accepted an invitation to investigate his war on drugs. Duterte said he was open to an outside probe by Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU and the UN Commission on Human Rights into alleged extrajudicial killings, but on the condition that after ...

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Thai assembly ends meeting without inviting successor to late King Bhumibol to ascend throne BANGKOK: Thailand's National Assembly ended an extraordinary meeting on Thursday without inviting a successor to late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to ascend the throne. Members of the assembly met late on Thursday and stood in silence for nine minutes. Earlier, the assembly had called a special session following news of the king's death. "Today there is nothing. We are preparing for the next steps," Peerasak Porjit, vice president of the National Legislative Assembly, told Reuters. Copyright ...

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Philippines' Duterte to visit China MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he would soon visit China and hoped also to travel to Russia, as he again criticised longtime ally the United States for "arrogance".The mission to China will be Duterte's first outside of Southeast Asia since assuming the presidency on June 30, in a symbolic move highlighting the importance he places on improving ties with Beijing that soured over competing claims to the South China Sea."China has repeatedly invited ...