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Vietnam PM among preliminary nominations for party central committee: official HANOI: Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was among preliminary nominations for the Communist Party's new central committee, an official said on Sunday, maintaining a possibility of him contesting a party leadership to be decided this week.Dung was among several high-profile politburo members nominated to join the powerful committee, including the current president and the national assembly chairman, Vu Ngoc Hoang, standing Deputy Director of the Central Propaganda Department, told reporters on the sidelines of the party's five-yearly congress.Though the nominations process is one of the earliest stages of the party's internal election, Dung's absence from nominations for the new central committee would have effectively closed off any path for him to become party chief, should he seek to contest the leadership. Dung, 66, has not stated publicly whether or not he will retire.Dung, who has been widely credited with driving reforms in Vietnam, was not among the four nominations ...

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Malaysia says arrests 7 Islamic State-linked militants suspected of planning attacks KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said on Sunday seven members of an Islamic State (IS) cell had been arrested in a three-day operation carried out across the Southeast Asian country.The operation was launched in four states on Jan. 22, ahead of Monday's International Conference on Deradicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism that Malaysia is hosting.Police said the suspects had received instructions to carry out attacks in Malaysia by Syrian-based IS members, including Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant ...

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Protesters hit the streets to oppose Malaysia signing TPP KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Malaysians protested against plans to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Saturday, just days before parliament is due to open a debate on the free trade pact.Many of the demonstrators congregated in central Kuala Lumpur were from the opposition Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), which fears that the South East Asian country could lose control of its economy if it enters the 12-nation pact with the United States.Prime Minister Najib Razak's ...

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Vanuatu polls set to deliver shakeup: reports WELLINGTON: The Vanuatu political landscape appeared to be in for a shakeup, reports said Saturday, following a snap election called after more than a quarter of MPs were jailed in a corruption scandal.Unofficial results from Friday's vote indicated a number of long-serving politicians, including former justice minister Robert Bohn and former parliamentary speaker Philip Boedoro, were set to lose their seats, according to news media reports.The official results may not be available until early next ...

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China president starts Iran visit TEHRAN: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Friday in Iran on the third leg of a Middle East tour aimed at boosting economic ties with the region.State news agency IRNA said Xi, accompanied by three deputy premiers and six ministers as well as a high-ranking business delegation, was greeted at Tehran airport by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The president, who has already visited Egypt and Saudi Arabia, was to meet Saturday with his Iranian counterpart ...

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North Korea arrests US student for 'hostile activities' SEOUL: North Korea said Friday it had arrested a US student on charges of carrying out unspecified "hostile activities", the official KCNA news agency reported.The student, from the University of Virginia, was detained while "carrying out anti-DPRK hostile activities", KCNA said, using the official acronym for North Korea."He is now under investigation," it added.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Myanmar releases political prisoners before power transfer YANGON: Myanmar began releasing the first of about 100 prisoners on Friday, government officials said, days before a parliament dominated by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's party sits for the first time after an election victory in November.The freeing of prisoners by the outgoing administration of President Thein Sein comes after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Myanmar to free all political prisoners during a visit on Monday.The amnesty boosts the legacy ...