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China summons Japan ambassador over air zone protests BEIJING: China summoned the Japanese ambassador over Tokyo's response to Beijing's new "air defence identification zone" which covers islands claimed by both sides, the foreign ministry said Monday."Officials of the Chinese foreign ministry have summoned the Japanese ambassador to China to express China's strong dissatisfaction and solemn protest regarding Japan's unreasonable hype over China's establishing an air defence identification zone," spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press briefing.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Japan summons Chinese ambassador over air defence zone TOKYO: Japan on Monday summoned the Chinese ambassador to Tokyo to protest at Beijing's unilateral declaration of an air defence identification zone, which the prime minister called "dangerous".Deputy foreign minister Akitaka Saiki called in Cheng Yonghua for a dressing-down after China declared that aircraft flying over a large area of the East China Sea must obey its instructions, reports said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Anti-government protesters enter Thai finance ministry BANGKOK: Anti-government demonstrators entered Thailand's finance ministry Monday, an AFP reporter said, as protest leaders threatened to occupy more government buildings in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government."Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will seize all ministries to show to the Thaksin system that they have no legitimacy to run the country," protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said, referring to Yingluck's brother, ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Japan PM says China air defence zone move 'dangerous' TOKYO: China's declaration of an air defence identification zone that includes disputed islands is "profoundly dangerous", Japan's prime minister said Monday, as South Korea weighed into the war of words against Beijing.Shinzo Abe's warning comes after Washington said it would stand by him in the event of any military clash over the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus."I am strongly concerned as it is a profoundly dangerous act that may cause unintended consequences," ...
Thai capital tense as political rivals rally BANGKOK: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed in Bangkok on Sunday, with a major rival rally due later as Thailand faces its most significant political street action since bloody protests in 2010.Authorities expect at least 50,000 anti-government protesters to gather by Sunday afternoon, with thousands more "Red Shirts" set to mobilise in another area of the city on Sunday evening in support of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's crisis-hit administration.Both groups have vowed to remain ...
Avalanche kills seven in Japan: police TOKYO: Seven people died after being hit by an avalanche on Saturday on a mountain in Japan's central Toyama prefecture, local police said.The seven -- four men and three women -- were climbing or skiing when the avalanche, an estimated 30 metres (98 feet) wide and 600 metres long, hit on a western slope of the 2,860-metre-high Mt Masago, police said.They were taken to hospital by helicopter but were confirmed dead, police said.A local police ...
5.5 quake hits northeast China: USGS BEIJING: A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck northeast China Saturday at a shallow depth of 12.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.The quake hit at 6:04 am (2204 GMT Friday) 34 kilometres (21 miles) north of Changling in Jilin province.USGS estimated the earthquake may have caused some damage but there was a low likelihood of casualties.A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province killed about 200 people in April, five years after almost 90,000 people ...

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