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Nearly 100 trade probes against China in 2014: government BEIJING: China's trade partners launched nearly 100 investigations into its exports last year, Beijing said Thursday, blaming rising protectionism due to a lacklustre global recovery and the country's growing economic clout.The Asian powerhouse was targeted by 22 countries and regions with 97 trade probes, including 61 anti-dumping cases and 14 anti-subsidy investigations, commerce ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said."To a certain extent, the intense trade friction is a by-product of China becoming the world's biggest trading country in goods and second-largest economy," he told reporters at a briefing.He also put it down to governments strengthening protection of their own domestic industries at a time when the world economy is lacking momentum.The number of trade investigations targeting Chinese products was expected to "continue to be high" this year as manufacturers become ever more competitive, he added.Products affected last year ranged from wind power generators to mobile phones and food, he said.A 2013 ...

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Malaysia to release MH370 report one day before anniversary KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will release an interim report on its investigation into Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearance, an official said Wednesday.However, deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi declined comment on whether the report would contain any revelations on the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet."It is a report by the investigation team. It will be a lengthy report of a few hundred pages," he ...

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Abbott takes royal knighthood storm 'on the chin' MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday he stood by his controversial decision to award Britain's Prince Philip a knighthood and was taking the firestorm of criticism "on the chin".Several ministers have walked away from Abbott's appointment of the nonagenarian Duke of Edinburgh to the ranks of the Order of Australia, MPs on all sides have mocked the move and the media condemned it severely.Abbott had kept quiet since Australia Day on Monday when ...

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Japan says asking Jordan for help after new IS hostage video TOKYO: Japan said Wednesday it was asking the Jordanian government for help after the Islamic State militant group released a new video saying a captured Japanese journalist had 24 hours to live."The government in this extremely difficult situation has been asking for assistance from the Jordanian government towards securing (Kenji) Goto's early release," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

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Australian PM faces backlash over royal 'knightmare' SYDNEY: Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain's Prince Philip which has prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters.Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said the decision to make the Duke of Edinburgh -- the 93-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II -- a knight of Australia was his own initiative for Australia Day on Monday.But it ...

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Deputy of Indonesia's anti-graft body to resign JAKARTA: The deputy chief of Indonesia's anti-graft agency will submit his resignation letter on Monday, days after the police named him a suspect in a false testimony case, an agency official said.Police on Friday detained and questioned Bambang Widjojanto, deputy chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), for a case dating from 2010, fuelling tension between two law enforcement bodies that have long had strained relations."Bambang will submit his resignation letter today," Johan Budi, KPK's ...

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Thai govt approves struggling Thai Airways' restructuring plan BANGKOK: Thailand's military-led government has approved a restructuring plan for Thai Airways International PCL in a bid to restore profitability to the national carrier's operations, a senior government official said on Monday.State-controlled Thai Airways is one of the major state companies to undergo reform after the military seized power from an elected government in a May coup.The restructuring plan includes measures to cut operating costs, boost revenue and sell some non-core assets, said Kulit Sombatsiri, ...