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Japan posts record $17.4bn trade deficit in January

By Wed, Feb 20, 2013 9:36AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — A rebound in Japan’s exports in January failed to keep pace with growth in imports, leaving a record 1.63 trillion yen ($17.4 billion) trade deficit. The provisional data released Wednesday show exports for the world’s third-biggest economy rose 6.4 percent to 4.8 trillion yen ($51.2 billion) in January from a year earlier...

Japan gives letter to China’s Xi in island dispute

By Fri, Jan 25, 2013 3:29PM UTC 1 Comment Natsuo Yamaguchi, left, leader of the New Komeito party from Japan delivers a personal letter from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Chinese Communist party Secretary General Xi Jinping Friday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A senior envoy handed China’s leader a letter from Japan’s prime minister Friday in the countries’ highest-level contact since tensions spiked in September over an island dispute, but the meeting yielded little beyond commitments to talk again. The contents of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s letter to Chinese leader Xi Jingping were not...

Pakistan team to visit India for Mumbai probe

By Wed, Mar 14, 2012 3:10PM UTC 8 Comments Pakistan team to visit India for Mumbai probe

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say a commission is leaving for India on Wednesday to gather evidence for use in the prosecution of seven Islamist militants on trial in Pakistan over the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Government prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali said he and a Federal Investigation Agency official are part of the team,...

Bangladesh military says it foiled coup plot

By Thu, Jan 19, 2012 11:15AM UTC Comments Off

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Bangladesh military says it has foiled a bid by mutinous officers to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Brig. Gen. Muhammad Masud Razzaq told reporters at a news briefing Thursday that the military has specific evidence that a group of up to 16 hardline Islamic military officers –...

Thai police say insurgent bomb kills 6 in south

By Thu, Nov 03, 2011 11:09AM UTC Comments Off

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Police say suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the south. Police investigator Heraman Chedi says the explosion occurred Wednesday in Narathiwat’s Ra-ngae district, and attackers raked the vehicle with machine-gunfire afterward. Heraman says the victims were Buddhist hunters headed to...

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