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  • North Korea denies shelling near South Korea warship

    May 23, 2014 4:52 AM 11

    SEOUL: North Korea today rejected as "sheer fabrication" Seoul's charges that it fired shells near a South Korean warship the previous day. Seoul's defence ministry said two shells fell about 150 metres (yards) off a South Korean Navy corvette on patrol south of the tense western sea border yesterday. The ship was not damaged and responded by firing

  • N Korea shelling 'a likely warning'

    May 23, 2014 4:50 AM 11

    The two Koreas exchanged artillery fire along the poorly-marked western sea boundary yesterday. South Korea said the exchange started after two North Korean artillery shells fell in waters near a South Korean navy ship on a routine patrol. The South Korean ship was not hit but fired several artillery rounds into waters near one of several North Korean

  • Ousted Thai PM reports to junta; no sign of Yingluck

    May 23, 2014 4:42 AM 11

    BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's deposed prime minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan reported to the kingdom's new military junta on Friday after he was summoned in the wake of a coup, an army official said. Niwattumrong was one of 38 prominent figures who showed up but there was no sign of former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who was ousted by the courts earlier

  • One-time Sundance suitor Hanlong's Liu Han sentenced to death in China

    May 23, 2014 4:42 AM 20

    The owner of disgraced Chinese company Sichuan Hanlong, Liu Han, has been sentenced to death in his homeland, according to reports. Mr Han has been fighting murder charges in recent months after being accused of running a mafia style group based in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Chinese media reported that a court in Hubei has sentenced Mr Han and his brother

  • Ukraine Frontrunner Vows to Take on Vladimir Putin

    May 23, 2014 4:36 AM 16

    World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: May 23, 2014 09:55 IST Uman,Ukraine: "An end to chaos and war," is the familiar cry from Petro Poroshenko as he travels across Ukraine on the hustings ahead of Sunday's make-or-break presidential election. The self-made billionaire may have made his fortune from selling chocolates and is the clear front-runner

  • First parliamentary year: One law, three walkouts and seven appearances by the prime minister

    May 23, 2014 4:34 AM 10

    Absent­eeism marred NA sessio­ns, lower house ‘failed to emerge as forum of substa­ntive debate and effect­ive oversi­ght’. One law. That is all what the Parliament of Pakistan had to offer when the 14th National Assembly completed its first parliamentary year, during which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a mere seven appearances – two per cent of the total

  • They campaigned for Modi. Will he govern for them?

    May 23, 2014 4:25 AM 15

    Delhi: Every day at around 45,000 locations across India, men in white shirts, khaki shorts and black berets congregate for prayer, meditation and a workout. That the workouts involve wielding bamboo sticks like swords, and end with hands outstretched in salute to a saffron flag, make them appear more than passing strange to the uninitiated. They are members

  • Thai army chief declares self as PM

    May 23, 2014 4:21 AM 13

    BANGKOK: Thailand’s military junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reportedly declared himself as the acting prime minister after the army declared a coup to halt months of political turmoil. The Bangkok Post on Friday reported that Prayut will be the interim premier for administrative purposes, until the coup regime can find someone to serve the post full time, citing

  • Refugee Resettlement In Cambodia On The Cards

    May 23, 2014 4:20 AM 10

    MELBOURNE, May 23 (Bernama) -- Australia is about to cut a deal with Cambodia to resettle refugees currently in Nauru, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said. It comes after both Nauru and Papua New Guinea (PNG) determined the refugee status of some asylum-seekers sent to each country by Australian authorities, the Australian Associated Press reports

  • China sentences mining tycoon Liu Han to death

    May 23, 2014 3:51 AM 14

    BEIJING: A Chinese court on Friday convicted a mining billionaire said to have links with former security tsar Zhou Yongkang of murder and sentenced him to death. Liu Han led private company Hanlong, which once launched a billion-dollar bid for an Australian firm. He and his brother Liu Wei were found guilty of "organising and leading a mafia-style group"