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North Korea threatens ‘unprecedented’ attack on South Korea island

Thousands of North Korean propaganda leaflets fell today on a frontline South Korean island, warning of an attack on soldiers stationed there, a report said.

N Korea confirms US man held, publishes 'confession'

North Korea confirmed on Saturday that an American retiree and Korean War veteran has been detained for 'hostile acts' against the communist country and released a written apology for his alleged crimes.

China sends lone aircraft carrier to disputed waters

China on Tuesday dispatched its sole aircraft carrier on its first training mission to the South China Sea amid rising tensions with neighbouring countries over the ownership of islands in the region and Beijing marking an air defence zone over waters in dispute with Japan.

India's concern over Brahmaputra threat mongering: Chinese scholar

Li Zhifei, an assistant research fellow with the National Institute of International Strategy think tank, says the "feud over water resource allocation has sparked more claims in India that China poses a threat to the security of other countries".

Iran nuclear work will go on: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on told visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika that Tehran will press on with its nuclear programme, despite the risk of fresh sanctions.

Lebanon to hold confidence vote in cabinet

Lebanon's parliament is set to hold a confidence vote in the new national unity government following a heated debate centred largely on the thorny issue of Hezbollah weapons.

Australia to back US-India nuclear pact with suppliers: Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia will support a civilian atomic energy deal between India and the United States at a meeting of key nuclear supplier states.

Northern Lebanese city hit by blast

Tripoli has been the scene of sectarian fighting which killed 23 people last month.

Bomb in northern Lebanese city kills 6

A bomb exploded near a bus carrying civilians and members of the military in the northern city of Tripoli, killing at least six people and wounding others.

Fresh floods in Northern Vietnam

Three people including a 13-year-old boy were killed in fresh floods in northern Vietnam while the death toll in Kammuri rose to 119, disaster officials said on Wednesday.

China cautions France to be careful on Tibet

China on Thursday called on France to carefully handle the "sensitive" issue of Tibet, a day after a French minister announced President Nicolas Sarkozy would host the Dalai Lama in December.

South Korea declares itself free of bird flu

South Korea has declared itself free of bird flu after the country suffered its worst outbreak of the disease earlier this year.

China deporting foreigners for ticket scalping

The China Daily Newspaper reported that china has detained seven foreigners accused of trying to scalp Olympic tickets and deported more than a dozen others.

400 Tibetans killed since March: Dalai Lama

Chinese troops fired on Tibetan protesters this week, as Beijing hosted the Olympics, and 400 people have been killed since unrest erupted in March, the Dalai Lama was quoted as saying in an interview.

Strong quake kills three in China

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted southern China on Thursday, killing three people a day after another quake damaged homes in the same area, state media reported.
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