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Japan foreign minister to leave for crisis-racked Ukraine TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was to leave Tuesday on a visit intended to show support for crisis-racked Ukraine, a ministry official said.The visit -- which also includes a trip to the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan -- will be the first by a Japanese minister to Ukraine since tensions erupted on the Crimean peninsula earlier this year.It also comes after Kiev launched a military offensive against rebels in the east who declared independence after the toppling of Ukraine's former pro-Kremlin leader.Kishida's trip was "meaningful to show Japan's support" for Ukraine following the installation of a new government under President Petro Porochenko, a foreign ministry official said.The Japanese foreign minister was set to affirm with his counterpart in Kiev that neither side can accept "changing the status quo by force", the official added on condition of anonymity.Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France earlier this month urged fresh ...

Pilots blamed for Taiwan Apache crash TAIPEI: Taiwanese investigators on Tuesday said pilots of an Apache helicopter were to blame for a crash in which the US-made attack chopper careered into an apartment block earlier this year.The crash took place barely six months after a fleet of the US-made attack helicopters were delivered to the army. The AH-64E chopper hurtled into the roof of a civilian building near its base in the northern Lungtan township during a training mission in April, ...
Canadian teacher arrested in Indonesian child sex scandal JAKARTA: A Canadian teacher has been arrested in Indonesia for alleged child sex abuse, police said Tuesday, in a scandal that has rocked one of the country's most prestigious international schools.The teacher, an administrator at the Jakarta International School in the capital, could face up to 15 years' jail if found guilty, Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto said."We arrested him Monday night over suspicions of child rape. He allegedly committed the act repeatedly in several locations ...
Planes in 'near miss' at Vietnam airport HANOI: Two planes nearly collided at an airport in central Vietnam after a young intern was left in charge of directing a busy runway, aviation authorities said.An air traffic controller who left the trainee to supervise the runway at Danang on June 27 has been suspended and his aviation license has been revoked, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said."The incident seriously threatened aviation safety. If it had not been spotted in a timely ...
South Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North SEOUL: South Korea announced Tuesday state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago.The South's Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to North Korea that was introduced after the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in 2010.But it will provide three billion won ($2.9 million) in grants to civilian groups providing ...
Hong Kong leader unveils vote reform plan HONG KONG: Hong Kong's leader will unveil the government's vision for electoral reform Tuesday as public pressure for democracy grows and activists pledge to take over the city if their demands are not met.Discontent has escalated over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.It is not clear what exactly will be in the document, which chief executive ...
Taiwan’s education minister quits over link to academic scandal TAIPEI: Taiwan’s education minister Chiang Wei-ling resigned Monday after he was implicated in an academic scandal that sparked public outrage and a police investigation.The controversy surfaced earlier this month when Chiang was linked to a scholar whose papers were retracted by a British publisher following allegations he used bogus identities to peer review his work.Chiang appeared as a co-writer in five out of 60 articles that were withdrawn. “After reflection overnight, in order to safeguard ...

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