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Park meets Tokyo governor amid diplomatic rift

July 25, 2014 7:29 pm

SEOUL: South Korean President Park GeunHye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician on Friday as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties. Masuzoe made a courtesy call at the presidential Blue … Read more »

China’s aircraft carrier puts naval ambitions on show

July 25, 2014 7:29 pm

DALIAN, China: At a northern quayside China’s first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vessels, its take-off ramp rising higher than the top deck of the cruise ship at the next berth, symbolizing the country’s naval ambitions. Dalian, where the Liaoning was … Read more »

Taiwan airline sorry for crash that killed 48

July 25, 2014 7:28 pm

MAGONG, Taiwan: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers on Friday, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather. It came as … Read more »

US hoping to boost India trade ties by wooing Modi

July 25, 2014 7:28 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States hopes to give a huge boost to its trade ties with India in an upcoming visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, US officials said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). “Our trade has already … Read more »

Gaza toll tops 800 as US, UN seek seven-day truce

July 25, 2014 7:27 pm

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli fire on Gaza killed a pregnant woman and a senior Islamic Jihad figure on Friday, taking the Palestinian death toll from 18 days of violence to 815, emergency services said. Surgeons saved the life of … Read more »

Air travel still safe – experts

July 25, 2014 7:27 pm

The crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop in Taiwan comes six days after the tragedy July 17 involving Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Then, one week after the tragedy of MH 17, an Air Alegerie jet carrying 116 passengers disappeared while … Read more »

Iraq jihadists blow up ‘Jonah’s tomb’

July 25, 2014 7:26 pm

MOSUL, Iraq: The new jihadist rulers of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul on Thursday (Friday in Manila) completely leveled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told Agence France-Presse. The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed … Read more »

Ukraine troops retake rebel-held city

July 25, 2014 7:26 pm

KIEV: Ukrainian troops have retaken the strategically-important city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, as they press on with their offensive to stamp out a pro-Russian rebellion, President Petro Poroshenko said. “Ukrainian forces have raised the flag over the town council … Read more »

Parents go to crash site searching for daughter

July 25, 2014 7:25 pm

SYDNEY: The parents of an Australian victim of the MH17 disaster are clinging to hopes their daughter may still be alive, traveling to Ukraine to find her, reports said on Friday. Jerzy and Angela Dyczynski’s daughter Fatima was on Malaysia … Read more »

Report finds gaps in US nuclear disaster plans

July 25, 2014 7:25 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US nuclear plants must better prepare for the risk of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, said a report on Thursday (Friday in Manila) on lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima crisis in 2011. Current approaches to regulating … Read more »