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North Korea military drill targets South's presidential office SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un conducted a large scale military drill targeting South Korea's presidential Blue House, state media said Sunday.The military exercise of the North's special operation forces -- carried out as Kim watched with binoculars at an observation post -- was aimed at "destroying specified targets of the enemy," including the South's Blue House, KCNA said.The ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun also carried a two-page report of the drill, showing several pictures of a building resembling the Blue House being invaded by the North's troops and set on fire, as well as one of Kim roaring with laughter as he watched the simulated attack."Through the combat drill, our forces extended the sea of fire of the Yeonpyeong Island to the sea of fire of Cheong Wa Dae," KCNA said, referring to the South's border island which was bombarded by the North in 2010.No date was given ...

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'We will rebuild': Indonesian president tours quake zone PIDIE JAYA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged Friday to help the people of Aceh rebuild as he toured areas worst-hit by a devastating earthquake that killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake Wednesday levelled hundreds of homes, mosques and businesses across Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by the destructive 2004 tsunami.Rescue crews have been searching the rubble with sniffer dogs while excavators clear the debris-strewn streets two ...

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South Korea lawmakers cast votes on impeachment motion SEOUL: South Korean lawmakers began voting Friday on an impeachment motion to strip President Park Geun-Hye of her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that has paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests.Members of the 300-seat national assembly cast anonymous, paper ballots that will be counted manually, with a two-thirds majority required for the motion to pass."We have to make a historic decision while the whole nation is watching," opposition MP Kim Kwan-Young ...

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Major 7.7-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands, tsunami threat: officials SYDNEY: A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck Friday off the Solomon Islands, raising the threat of "widespread, hazardous" tsunami waves, officials said.The US Geological Survey said some casualties and damage were possible from the quake, while the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said some coasts in the Solomons, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae could be affected within the next three hours.The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 4:38 am (1738 GMT ...

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Philippines' Duterte tells Macau casino boss to apologise, pay correct taxes MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he would allow Jack Lam, one of Asia's top casino kingpins, to do business in the country after he had ordered his arrest on charges of economic sabotage and bribery. Duterte said he would allow the casino boss to come back to the Philippines if he apologised for bribing an official and paid the correct taxes. Lam, from the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, has been operating ...

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Indonesian quake toll passes 100 as rescuers struggle PIDIE JAYA: Indonesian medical teams struggled on Thursday to treat scores of people injured in a 6.5 magnitude earthquake a day after more than 100 people were killed in the worst disaster to hit the province since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The quake toppled hundreds of buildings and left thousands of people homeless. The province of Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, has declared a two-week state of emergency. "All the victims ...

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Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes Indonesia PIDIE JAYA: Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings.  Medical volunteers rushed in fading evening light to get people to hospitals, which were straining to cope with the influx of injured.  The Aceh provincial government said in a statement 93 people had died and more than 500 were injured, many seriously.  ...