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Boy, 9, detained after China mall fire kills 17: police BEIJING: A nine-year-old boy has been detained after a shopping mall inferno that killed 17 people in China, police said Friday, the latest deadly accident in a country where safety standards are often flouted.The fire broke out Thursday on the top floor of a four-storey building in Huidong, in the city of Huizhou in the southern province of Guangdong, the local government said.Rescue efforts took 18 hours and 17 people died, the Huidong government said on its verified account on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.Huizhou police said on its Weibo account that "the fire was caused by a boy playing with fire at the mall," adding that the nine-year-old suspect had been fiddling with a "lighter".A total of 270 firefighters and 45 fire engines were mobilised to extinguish the blaze, it added. The fire broke out in a warehouse facility, reports said.China has a dismal industrial safety record as some property ...

Malaysia, Indonesia to seek resolution of sea disputes PUTRAJAYA: The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia's most important bilateral relationships.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo revealed the plans in a joint press briefing after talks earlier in the day."We are committed to establishing an additional mechanism to resolve the outstanding (territorial) issues," Najib said at the briefing in ...
Australia PM Abbott vows to fight party vote to oust him SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday he would fight a Liberal party vote next week that could remove him from power."They are asking the party room to vote out the people that the electorate voted in," Abbott said of the move to challenge his leadership brought by two government backbenchers.He said he would urge the party room -- Liberal MPs and senators -- to defeat the motion to remove himself and his deputy, ...
Lawmaker announces bid to topple Australia PM SYDNEY: An Australian member of parliament announced Friday he will initiate a leadership challenge next week to unseat Prime Minister Tony Abbott after months of political unrest.West Australian Liberal MP Luke Simpkins emailed colleagues saying he would make the move at a meeting of lawmakers set for Tuesday."I think we must bring this to a head and test the support of the leadership," he wrote.Simpkins has submitted to the chief government whip a motion to ...
North Korea strikes down US talks, vows 'final doom' SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday appeared to rule out any resumption of dialogue with the United States, threatening to react to any US "war of aggression" with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare.The statement from the country's top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), came after reported moves by Washington and Pyongyang to revive long-stalled six-nation talks on denuclearisation.The NDC said recent comments from President Barack Obama had revealed that the United States' goal was ...
Australian PM Abbott defiant as MPs call for his head SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was fighting for his job Wednesday after backbenchers publicly called for a Liberal Party vote on his leadership following months of tensions stoked by fading poll numbers and policy backflips.A handful of MPs late Tuesday openly revolted against the conservative leader after Abbott's recent controversial decision to make Britain's Prince Philip a knight helped bring simmering tensions to the surface. West Australian MP Dennis Jensen was the first to ...
Australia shopping centre blast kills one PERTH: An explosion Tuesday in an electrical transformer room at a shopping centre in the west Australian city of Perth left one man dead and three people badly burnt, authorities said.One of the three suffered 80 percent burns to his body.Witness Jonathan McDonagh told Australian Associated Press he tried to help the injured, taking off his shirt and using it to put out the flames."I came driving in and saw three people come running out... ...

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