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Shine a light: Chinese police crack down on headlight misuse BEIJING: Using the age-old reasoning of making the punishment fit the crime, police in a sprawling Chinese metropolis are making drivers who inappropriately flash their bright lights suffer the same agony.In a post on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, traffic police in the southern city of Shenzhen said that violators were being made to look at bright headlights for five minutes.The post described it as an "appropriate experience" that would make offenders "sense the harm" such use of their headlights could cause."From now on, traffic police will make those found carelessly using bright lights to look at them for five minutes," said the post, dated Tuesday.Violators also have to listen to a police explanation on properly using headlights and pay a fine of 300 yuan ($49), the post said.It included a photo of a man sitting on a red plastic stool looking into the ...

China defends lighthouse building in South China Sea BEIJING: China has defended the building of lighthouses on islands in the South China Sea, calling them its "inherent territory" amid tensions with Vietnam and other nations that also claim parts of the region."China has long been building and maintaining lighthouses and other navigational aids on islands" in the Xisha and Nansha chains, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement posted on the ministry's website Friday."What China has done is beyond any reproach ...
Australia set to tighten Russia sanctions: PM SYDNEY: Australia is preparing to tighten sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday as he warned President Vladimir Putin against sending his troops into Ukraine.Fears are mounting that Moscow is preparing to deploy troops in conflict-torn east Ukraine, with NATO accusing Russia of massing some 20,000 troops on the border with its former Soviet neighbour."Let's be very clear about this -- Russia has been a bully. Russia is a big country trying to ...
South China Sea row looms as Southeast Asia talks begin NAYPYIDAW: China's increasing assertiveness in maritime disputes was at the heart of Southeast Asian regional talks Friday as diplomats began a series of meetings also expected to highlight concerns over host Myanmar's reform progress.Myanmar President Thein Sein began the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign minister meetings with a plea for the regional bloc to strengthen its ability to push for "peaceful settlement of disputes and differences"."The current developments in the world are causing ...
Japan creating fuel-cell powered underwater vehicle TOKYO: Japan's defence ministry on Friday said it was developing a fuel-cell powered "unmanned underwater vehicle" but disputed a report that it was working with Washington on a submarine using the environmentally-friendly technology.The report in the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun, citing unnamed ministry officials, said the unmanned, 10-metre (33-feet) long sub could run for a month under the sea on a single charge before returning to home base.However, the defence ministry later told AFP that it ...
Crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines faces 'complete overhaul' KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines will be taken over by the country's state investment fund and de-listed, as part of plans announced Friday for a "complete overhaul" to rescue the company from oblivion after two crippling air disasters.Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of the airline, said it intends to purchase all minority shareholdings -- later pulling the stock from the Kuala Lumpur exchange -- and will finalise a restructuring plan by the end of the ...
Typhoon Halong heads for southern Japan TOKYO: A strong typhoon was churning toward Japan's southern main island of Kyushu on Friday with heavy rains threatening to trigger landslides, the national weather agency said.Typhoon Halong, packing winds of up to 198 kilometres (123 miles) per hour, could make landfall in southwestern Japan by Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.More than 100 centimetres (40 inches) of rain was expected to fall on the island of Shikoku, east of Kyushu, which had already ...

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