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Kim puts troops on war footing with S Korea

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un put his frontline troops on a war footing yesterday to back up an ultimatum for South Korea to halt high-decibel propaganda broadcasts across the…

Japan emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ over WWII – South Korea wants Japan to resolve ‘comfort women’ issue

TOKYO: Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of “deep remorse” over the conflict yesterday, a departure from his annual…

China’s silence after deadly blasts stokes citizens’ fears

BEIJING: China’s stone-walling after a huge industrial explosion in Tianjin has generated fear and suspicion among citizens shocked by the apocalyptic images and skeptical towards authorities notorious for their lack…

Oceanic junk ranges from toys to suspected debris – 8.8m tons of plastic dumped into oceans annually

NEW DELHI: For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly…

China battles fires, contamination at blast site

TIANJIN: Chinese authorities struggled yesterday to extinguish fires and identify dangerous chemicals at a devastated industrial site, two days after giant explosions killed dozens and left residents in fear of…

Huge explosions kill at least 50 in China

Latest accident to blight developments in China

Japan ends nuclear shutdown sparked by Fukushima crisis – Anti-nuclear sentiment still runs high

TOKYO: Japan yesterday restarted its nuclear power programme after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread…

Japan to restart first reactor under new rules since crisis – Japan’s 43 operable reactors are currently offline

TOKYO: A power plant operator said it will restart a reactor in southern Japan today, the first restart under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster and a milestone for…

Typhoon heads to China after killing four in Taiwan

SHANGHAI: Typhoon Soudelor moved towards China yesterday, weaker but still packing a punch, after killing at least four people and leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan. The typhoon ripped…

Mixed messages on 777 part frustrate Flight 370 families

KUALA LUMPUR: The confusion and frustration that punctuated the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 erupted anew yesterday after officials offered conflicting levels of confidence on whether…

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing – Mayor calls for a nuclear-weapons-free world

HIROSHIMA: Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima yesterday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for US President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step…