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Vietnam hunts for missing box of radioactive material HANOI: Vietnamese authorities are searching for a lead box containing hazardous radioactive material which has gone missing from a steel factory, an official said on Wednesday.The box of cobalt-60, which has a wide range of uses including for radiotherapy and in industry, has disappeared from the Vietnamese-owned Pomina steel mill in the south of the country."(We) do not know how and when the container went missing," Do Vu Khoa, an official with the Department of Science and Technology in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, told AFP."We are searching for the radiation box," he added.The silver-white container weighs 45 kilograms (100 pounds) and is some 1.5 feet long (45 centimetres) and six inches wide, the department said in a statement."It contains Co-60 which was used for liquid measurement. It poses a potential danger to the environment and people's health," the statement said.State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper said the cobalt-60 was ...

South Korea says raising Sewol ferry would cost $110mn SEOUL: South Korea said on Wednesday it would cost $110 million to raise the Sewol ferry, as pressure grows to salvage the vessel before the first anniversary of its sinking.The 6,825-tonne passenger ship sank off the southwest coast on April 16 last year with the loss of more than 300 lives -- most of them high school students.Ahead of next week's first anniversary of the tragedy, hundreds of parents of the dead students -- some ...
Myanmar to hold rare talks as Suu Kyi pushes for charter change NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar's president will host rare talks with influential allies and rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as the opposition leader intensifies efforts to lift a constitutional bar against her running for the presidency.The long-awaited talks in the capital Naypyidaw, which follow a similar meeting of key political figures in October, come as the country braces for elections seen as a key test of reforms in the former junta-run nation.The President's office director ...
Explosion at China chemical plant injures three BEIJING: Three people were injured in an explosion at a controversial chemical plant in the eastern Chinese city of Zhangzhou Monday, Chinese media reported, the second accident at the site in two years.Footage from an amateur video posted by China's CCTV News showed flames billowing into the air following the explosion at the plant producing paraxylene -- a chemical used to make fabricin Fujian province.The blast occurred at around 6.56 pm (1056 GMT) and the ...
Prince Harry in Australia for army stint SYDNEY: Prince Harry reported for duty with the Australian Army on Monday to begin an "authentic" experience featuring bush patrols and indigenous engagement, as he prepares to retire from the British military.Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to see the 30-year-old prince at the National War Memorial in Canberra -- the one scheduled public event of his visit -- before he met with the head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.Wearing ...
Indonesian court rejects appeal by second death row Australian Sukumaran JAKARTA: An Indonesian court on Monday rejected an appeal by a second Australian drug smuggler facing imminent execution. The dismissal of Myuran Sukumaran's challenge to the president's rejection of his mercy plea came shortly after an identical challenge by fellow Australian smuggler, Andrew Chan, was rejected. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
China official to visit Japan in sign of hastening thaw TOKYO: A senior official from China's National People's Congress will be in Tokyo this week, Japan's lower house said Monday, the highest-profile Chinese visitor since 2012 as a thaw in relations sets in.Ji Bingxuan, a vice-chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, will lead a delegation from the Chinese parliament from Wednesday through Saturday, a parliamentary spokeswoman said.The visit is the latest sign that relations between Asia's two biggest powers are getting back ...

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