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China launches new aircraft carrier
BEIJING: China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said on Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a “blue water” navy and modernise its two million-strong military, the world’s largest. The country’s rapidly expanding military might includes a range of
 
 
Thailan media rebuked over Facebook posting
BANGKOK: Thai media came under fire on Wednesday for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings. The video, filmed on Monday on the southern resort island of Phuket, showed Wuttisan Wongtalay hang his 11-month daughter from an abandoned building before taking his own life, according to police in charge of the case.
   
Japan disaster minister resigns over quake gaffe
TOKYO: Japan’s disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that “it was good” that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted Masahiro Imamura’s resignation on Wednesday. Imamura was replaced by Masayoshi Yoshino, former deputy environment minister from Fukushima, which was also hit by radiation leaks from a tsunami-hit nuclear power
 
 
US missile defence tools reach South Korea site
SEOUL: US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions. Washington is urging Beijing − Pyongyang’s sole major ally − to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system. The US and ally
   
Pro-independence activists arrested in Hong Kong
HONG KONG: Two Hong Kong independence activists who were barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year were arrested and charged on Wednesday over chaos at the city’s parliament. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested at their apartments on Wednesday morning and were charged with illegal assembly and attempted forceful entry into the legislative chamber, Yau told reporters. The pair belong to a new movement
 
 
4 foreign Daesh supporters killed in clashes
MANILA: Four foreigners - three Indonesians and a Malaysian national - were killed in continuing clashes between government forces and a terror group with links to the Daesh extremists in the Middle East in Lanao del Sur province in restive Mindanao. This was confirmed by General Eduardo Ano, the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as the total death toll inflicted on the Maute Group has soared from 30 to 37 after
   
Asean summit opens amid tight security
MANILA: The annual meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Aian Nations (Asean) opened in Manila on Wednesday amid tight security and assurance from the military and police that they have not monitored any threat so far. Venue for the meeting hosted by the Philippines with the Asean celebrating its 50th or golden anniversary is the Philippine International Convention Centre (PICC) located on reclaimed land from the
 
 
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