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Myanmar president proposes new ministry for Suu Kyi YANGON: Myanmar's president has urged the creation of a new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi's state advisor position, official media reported Friday, a move that will deepen her influence and likely rile the powerful army.Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency by the military-drafted constitution despite having led her pro-democracy party to a landslide victory in November.She has instead hoovered up a slew of other senior positions, including foreign minister, president's officer minister, and the specially-devised role of state counsellor, which gives her vaguely-defined powers to guide parliamentary affairs.The broad array of powers across government has helped the veteran activist fulfil a pledge to rule "above" her presidential proxy and close ally Htin Kyaw.Shortly after taking office she used her role as state counsellor to announce a major political prisoner release in April. She has also met with a host of foreign dignitaries and on Friday accompanied Htin Kyaw ...

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Missing Malaysia helicopter debris found: PM KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian search crews have found suspected debris from a helicopter that disappeared with six people on board, including a deputy minister and a member of parliament, the prime minister said Friday.Search teams recovered a rotor blade, a floatation device, part of a wall panel, a door and a seat early Friday on the Borneo island state of Sarawak near where the helicopter is believed to have crashed, Najib Razak told reporters."We are using ...

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Singapore, Australia expand military cooperation in $1.7bn deal SYDNEY/SINGAPORE: Australia and Singapore have agreed to jointly develop military training areas and facilities in Australia in a sign of how China's increasingly assertive military presence in the region is encouraging nations to boost their own defence capabilities.Singapore will fund a A$2.25 billion (US$1.7 billion) expansion of military training facilities in Australia, a government source told Reuters.Singapore will have enhanced and expanded military training access in Australia over a period of 25 years. The two ...

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Japan will act to stem excessive rises in yen: PM Abe LONDON: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed Tokyo's readiness to take "appropriate action" in the currency market to prevent any excessive or speculative rises in the yen.Abe also said that a summit of the Group of Seven to be held in western Japan later this month would discuss the need to coordinate policy action, particularly through flexible fiscal stimulus, to revive global growth."We've seen some rapid and speculative moves in currency markets recently ...

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Indian parliament accepts liquor tycoon's resignation NEW DELHI: India's parliament Wednesday accepted Vijay Mallya's resignation of his seat, after the embattled liquor tycoon resubmitted his letter in line with the correct procedures.The 60-year-old multimillionaire left India for Britain on March 2 owing more than $1 billion in unpaid loans, and is being investigated by India's financial crimes agency.The government has revoked his passport and asked Britain to deport him, but Mallya told the Financial Times last week he had no plans ...

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China urges 'reasonable' trade views after Trump 'rape' comment BEIJING: Trade between the world's two biggest economies is mutually beneficial, Beijing said Wednesday after presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused China of "rape".In the run-up to Tuesday's Indiana primary, where the businessman swept to victory and his last serious challenger Ted Cruz bowed out of the race, Trump told a campaign rally: "We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what we're doing.""We're going to turn it around, ...

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Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines TOKYO: Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing's increasing regional influence.The agreement was made Monday afternoon during telephone talks between Japan's Defence Minister Gen Nakatani and his Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin, the ministry said.Tensions in the South China Sea -- through which one third of the world's oil passes -- have mounted in recent years since China transformed contested ...