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Ishihara backs sacked military chief for Tokyo governor TOKYO: China-baiting former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara on Tuesday threw his weight behind the political ambitions of an ex-military chief who was sacked after insisting Japan was not a World War II aggressor.The acerbic Ishihara, 81, who was governor of Tokyo for 13 years to 2012, said he believed the next leader of the metropolis should be fellow hardline nationalist Toshio Tamogami, the onetime chief of staff of Japan's Air Self-Defence.Tamogami was fired from the role in 2008 after he said Japan was an Asian bulwark against Western imperialism in World War II, rather than the nation responsible for continent-wide suffering.The 65-year-old said Tuesday he believed that he should triumph in next month's gubernatorial race because of his experience in the military, which he said would need to play a central role in the aftermath of any big earthquake striking Tokyo."I made the decision because it's best for protecting Tokyo ...

China coal mine accidents kill 1,049 in 2013 BEIJING: Accidents in Chinese coal mines killed 1,049 people last year, down 24 percent from 2012, authorities said, reflecting both risks and improvements in the country's thriving and often under-regulated sector.China is the world's largest consumer of coal and its mining industry sometimes skirts safety regulations, although authorities have shut small operations in recent years to try to improve conditions. Accidents left 1,049 people dead or missing in 2013, the central government said on its ...
14 killed in China mosque stampede BEIJING: Fourteen people were killed and 10 injured in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in northwest China's Ningxia region, state media reported Monday.The stampede occurred around 1:00 pm Sunday while traditional food was being handed out to people attending an event to commemorate a late religious leader, Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.The injured were hospitalised with four in critical condition, the brief report said.An investigation was under way into ...
Japan PM to visit Africa, Mideast with cash pledge TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Africa and the Middle East this week, reports said Monday, bearing development cash pledges as Tokyo pushes back against growing Chinese influence in the resource-rich region.Abe is expected to promise $577 million in loans to Mozambique when he stops in the capital Maputo as part of a tour that will also take in Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Oman from Thursday.The sub-Saharan trip, the first by a Japanese ...
Singapore Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Azerbaijan SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 superjumbo made an emergency landing in Azerbaijan on Monday due to a loss of cabin pressure but no one was injured, the carrier said.The service from London to the city-state landed safely without any injuries to the 467 passengers and 27 crew members on board, a Singapore Airlines spokesman said."Oxygen masks were deployed and the aircraft landed uneventfully at Baku airport at 01:03 (2103 GMT Sunday)," he told AFP ...
China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft BEIJING: China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, state media said Sunday.Out of the 27,236 cases, 12,824 resulted in "losses for the people" involving a total of 5.51 billion yuan ($0.9 billion), Xinhua news agency said without elaborating.It cited a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, China's top prosecuting body, which could not be reached for comment Sunday.China's top prosecutor Cao Jianming told the National ...
Cambodian opposition leaders summoned to court: party PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's opposition leaders have been summoned to court on suspicion of inciting civil unrest, their party said, after strongman premier Hun Sen's government moved to quash growing street protests.Hun Sen faces an increasing challenge to his nearly three-decade rule from striking garment workers and opposition supporters demanding that he step down and call a new election because of alleged vote fraud.Police have indefinitely banned further rallies, including one which had been planned for ...

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