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Thai military helicopter crash kills five BANGKOK: A Thai military helicopter that went missing on Sunday crashed in bad weather in northern Thailand, killing all five people on board, the army said on Monday. The dead included Major General Nopporn Ruanchan, who was commander of the army's 4th Infantry Division, said Lieutenant General Somsak Ninbanjerdkun.Poor visibility due to the weather may have caused the crash, said Somsak, who is commander of the Third Area Army overseeing Thailand's north.The UH-72 light helicopter went down in Chiang Mai, near Thailand's highest mountain, he said. It was returning to base in Phitsanuloke from a flood mission near the border with Myanmar.The others on board were two pilots and two mechanics, Somsak said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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South Korea's Park stresses future with Japan, MPs focus on past SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday called for a "future-oriented" relationship with Japan, even as a group of Seoul lawmakers dredged up a long-running territorial dispute by visiting some islets claimed by Tokyo.The visit by 10 MPs to the South Korean-controlled Dokdo islets in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) drew an angry response from the Japanese government which called the trip "extremely regrettable."The row over the islets -- which are called Takeshima ...

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Ex-Austrian Chancellor Faymann made UN youth unemployment envoy ZURICH: Austria's former chancellor Werner Faymann has been named as the United Nations' special envoy on youth unemployment, the first appointment for the 56-year-old since he quit in May. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment on Friday, saying the success of the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda depended on "enhancing opportunities for decent work for youth across the board".The UN said young people are three times more likely to be affected by unemployment than older ...

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Thai authorities hunt tourist town bombers HUA HIN: Thai authorities on Saturday hunted for culprits behind a wave of bombings targeting popular holiday destinations, as businesses braced for the economic fallout from the attacks on the crucial tourism industry.The kingdom was on edge after 11 small bombs exploded across five southern provinces Thursday night and Friday morning, killing four locals and wounding more than 30 people -- including foreign tourists.The bombs, most of them detonated in twin blasts, struck key tourism ...

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China power station explosion kills at least 21 BEIJING: An explosion at a power station in China killed at least 21 people and injured five more on Thursday, the official Xinhua news service reported. The blast, which local media said happened when a high-pressure steam pipe burst, came a day before the first anniversary of giant explosions that killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin.The latest incident occurred in Dangyang, in the central province of Hubei, and rescue ...

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Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary TOKYO: The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.A bell tolled as thousands of people, including ageing survivors and relatives of victims, observed a minute's silence at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the exact moment of the blast.Some 74,000 people died in the initial explosion, while thousands of others perished ...

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Japan military on alert to destroy North Korea missile TOKYO: Japan's newly appointed defence minister on Monday ordered the nation's military to be ready to destroy any missiles fired by North Korea that threaten the country, local media reported.Tomomi Inada issued the order, public broadcaster NHK said, without mentioning any indication that Pyongyang is preparing to launch such a missile.Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked Inada, a close confidante with staunchly nationalist views, as the new defence minister.NHK said Inada is expected to ...