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Japan PM Abe won TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won't apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said Tuesday.The move follows Barack Obama's historic May trip to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting US president, where he spoke of victims' suffering but offered no apology for dropping the world's first nuclear bomb.Abe will pay his respects to those who died in Japan's surprise 1941 attack at the US naval base in Hawaii, which triggered World War II in the Pacific, and highlight a decades-old security alliance between the former enemies."The purpose of this visit is to commemorate war dead, not to apologise," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing in Tokyo."The visit will serve as an opportunity to demonstrate to future generations our resolve not to repeat the horror and suffering of war as well as an opportunity to showcase the reconciliation between Japan and the United ...

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Japan PM to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama, to ‘console souls’ of victims      TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he will visit Pearl Harbor this month with US President Barack Obama "to console the souls" of victims of Japan's surprise attack on US forces there 75 years ago.  Abe, who will be the first serving Japanese prime minister to visit the naval base in Hawaii, said he wanted to demonstrate resolve to end the horror of war.  This year, Obama become the first serving US president to visit the Japanese city ...

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South Korea crisis proves perils of cheating at school   SEOUL: When South Korea's Park Geun-Hye looks back on the scandal-fuelled implosion of her presidency, she may reflect ruefully on what lit the first fuse -- a parent pulling strings over a child's education.Park's downfall was the result of her friendship with Choi Soon-Sil -- a secretive, long-time confidante who stands accused of meddling in state affairs, squeezing tens of millions of dollars from local companies and amassing a fortune by leveraging her ties to the president.It's a damning list of ...

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Uzbekistan votes to elect second ever president   BISHKEK: Isolated Uzbekistan headed to the polls on Sunday to elect a president to replace late strongman Islam Karimov, with all signs pointing towards a comfortable victory for his long-serving prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.Voting at over 9,300 polling stations throughout the Muslim-majority Central Asian country with no tradition of competitive elections began at 0100 GMT and is expected to continue until 1500 GMT.Mirziyoyev, who was appointed prime minister in 2003, became interim president following Karimov's death aged 78 in September after he ...

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China coal mine blasts kill 38 BEIJING: At least 38 people were killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts this week, according to death tolls reported by state media Saturday.One blast occurred late Tuesday at a private mine in Qitaihe City, Heilongjiang province, trapping 22 workers, Xinhua news agency said.Twenty-one were confirmed dead Friday night, it said, citing provincial authorities.Rescue efforts were hampered by debris from the blast in some of the tunnels, according to an earlier report.In a separate incident, a mine in ...

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South Korea opposition to file impeachment motion  SEOUL: South Korea's three opposition parties said they would file an impeachment motion Friday against beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye, and push for a national assembly vote next week.Accused of colluding with a close friend who faces embezzlement charges, Park said last week she would be willing to step down in the face of weekly mass protests that have seen millions take to the streets of Seoul and other cities.The opposition said Park's offer, which put the manner and timing of her ...

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Tens of thousands rally to demand S. Korea president's ouster SEOUL: Tens of thousands of protesters braved sleet and freezing temperatures in Seoul on Saturday to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment. People beat drums and chanted "Park get out now" as they walked towards the presidential Blue House that had been cordoned off by thousands of police deployed in the South Korean capital. By late afternoon 350,000 protesters had joined the march, organisers said. They expect up to ...