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Japan PM Abe’s support dives in wake of school scandal

Japan PM Abe’s support dives in wake of school scandal

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TOKYO: Support for Japanese Prime Minister  has plunged after questions were raised in parliament about a murky land deal involving an elementary school to which his wife had ties. Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie, was involved in the deal for state-owned land purchased by Moritomo Gakuen,…

Ousted South Korea leader arrives back home, expresses defiance

Ousted South Korea leader arrives back home, expresses defiance

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SEOUL: Ousted South Korean President  expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office. In her first public comments since the court’s ruling, Park said in statement, “Although it will…

Japan’s largest warship to join India, US in South China Sea naval exercise

Japan’s largest warship to join India, US in South China Sea naval exercise

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TOKYO: Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled…

Taiwan says Chinese military threat grows, US regional strategy unclear

Taiwan says Chinese military threat grows, US regional strategy unclear

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China’s accelerated military development and recent activity by its military aircraft+ and ships around Taiwan pose an increased threat to the self-ruled island, according to a Taiwanese government defence report draft reviewed. The 2017 Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) also highlights the uncertainty over the future strategic direction of the United…

Aircraft carrier in South China Sea: A show of ‘reassurance to allies,’ says US

Aircraft carrier in South China Sea: A show of ‘reassurance to allies,’ says US

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ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON, South China Sea: The flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson shakes as a succession of F-18 fighter jets are catapulted into take-off, emitting a thunderous noise and leaving white mist in their wake. Crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier scramble to prepare for the next…

Japan’s emperor pays respects to Thailand’s late king

Japan’s emperor pays respects to Thailand’s late king

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BANGKOK: Japanese Emperor Akihito paid his respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, arriving in Bangkok following a weeklong trip to Vietnam aimed at winning support against Chinese expansionism. The monarchies – two of a handful remaining in Asia – have maintained close ties. Bhumibol first visited Japan in…

Citing lack of proof, Philippine senators end Rodrigo Duterte ‘death squad’ inquiry

Citing lack of proof, Philippine senators end Rodrigo Duterte ‘death squad’ inquiry

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MANILA: Philippine senators abruptly ended a hearing into allegations by a retired policeman that a “death squad” operated under President Rodrigo Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City, citing no proof that it even existed. Arturo Lascanas admitted to lying in October during another Senate inquiry into alleged extrajudicial…

North Korea, Malaysia step up dispute over Kim Jong Nam’s death

North Korea, Malaysia step up dispute over Kim Jong Nam’s death

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SEOUL: The bitter diplomatic dispute between North Korea and Malaysia over the poisoning death of leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother escalated dramatically, with Pyongyang saying it had banned Malaysians from leaving North Korea. That was followed quickly by Malaysia saying North Korean embassy staff were barred from leaving its…

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo says economy is in a ‘bad way’

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo says economy is in a ‘bad way’

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ACCRA: Ghanain President Nana Akufo-Addo said in his first state of the nation address that the West African nation’s economy was in a “bad way” and the fiscal deficit for 2016 was 9 percent of GDP on a cash basis. Restoring macro-economic stability was key to addressing the biggest problem…

Football legend Pele’s son surrenders for 13-year jail term

Football legend Pele’s son surrenders for 13-year jail term

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SAO PAOLO: The son of football legend Pele turned himself in after being ordered by a Brazilian court to begin serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking. Edson `Edinho’ Cholbi do Nascimento, who briefly played for his father’s former club Santos, had so far avoided…

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