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Japan's PM Abe considering visiting Cuba next month: Kyodo TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Cuba next month to strengthen ties and promote Japanese investments there, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, but the foreign ministry said no such plan was being made.The trip, if confirmed, will coincide with Abe's planned attendance at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Kyodo said. It would be the first ever visit to Cuba by a Japanese prime minister."There is no such fact. That is all I can say," an official at the foreign ministry's Latin American and Caribbean Affairs division said, referring to the Kyodo report.Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Cuba last year and met President Raul Castro. Kishida's trip followed a surprise announcement by Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama that the former adversaries would normalise ties.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Taiwan reveals cautious first budget as Tsai pledges growth TAIPEI: Taiwan's new government unveiled its first budget Thursday as it tries to kickstart the island's fragile economy, but the cautious spending plan raised questions over whether it was investing enough. President Tsai Ing-wen was voted in by a landslide in January partly because of public anger over stagnant wages, lack of job opportunities and a rising cost of living. Trade deals with China under former leader Ma Ying-jeou were seen as helping big business, ...

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Suu Kyi in China with dam project on agenda BEIJING: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi was to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday in her first major foreign trip since becoming the country's de facto leader, with a suspended Beijing-backed dam project set to dominate talks.Myanmar sees its giant neighbour -- and largest trading partner -- as its biggest foreign policy preoccupation.Resumption of the $3.6 billion Myitsone dam will be a priority for China, while Suu Kyi seeks Beijing's cooperation for talks with ...

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North Korea calls South's leader 'psychopath' over missile row SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday labelled South Korean President Park Geun-Hye a "psychopath" after she made a speech slamming Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and defending the deployment of a US anti-missile system.In her televised address on Monday, Park had stressed that deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was an act of "self-defence" in response to the North's expanding nuclear weapons programme.A spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country ...

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Indonesian minister sacked for dual citizenship JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo sacked his energy minister late Monday just weeks after filling the key cabinet post, following revelations his new appointee improperly held Indonesian and United States passports.Arcandra Tahar, a former oil and gas executive who lived in the US for 20 years, was dismissed as a cabinet minister following days of controversy surrounding his dual citizenship.Indonesian law does not allow for dual nationality. An Indonesian must renounce their citizenship should they ...

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China launches world first quantum satellite BEIJING: China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an unbreakable system of encrypted communications.The launch took place at 1:40 am in the southwestern Gobi Desert, the official Xinhua news service said, and comes as the US, Japan and others also seek to develop applications for the burgeoning technology.Beijing has poured enormous resources into the race, one of several cutting ...

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Thai military helicopter crash kills five BANGKOK: A Thai military helicopter that went missing on Sunday crashed in bad weather in northern Thailand, killing all five people on board, the army said on Monday. The dead included Major General Nopporn Ruanchan, who was commander of the army's 4th Infantry Division, said Lieutenant General Somsak Ninbanjerdkun.Poor visibility due to the weather may have caused the crash, said Somsak, who is commander of the Third Area Army overseeing Thailand's north.The UH-72 light helicopter ...