BEIJING: China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday. A government environmental monitoring centre in Shaanxi said on its website that a military facility in the province was developing Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) missiles, the Global Times reported. The DF-41 is designed to have a range of 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles), according to a report by Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems, putting it among the world’s longest-range missiles. It is “possibly capable of carrying multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles”, the US Defense Department said in a report in June, referring to a payload... more ›
HANOI: Japan said Friday it would give Vietnam six vessels to boost the communist country’s capacity to patrol its territorial waters, amid a bitter maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea. The deal for the six used vessels, worth 500 million yen ($5 million), was announced in Hanoi during a two-day visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida aimed at deepening bilateral ties. “We hope this will help strengthen the maritime law enforcement capability of Vietnam,” Kishida said at a press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. Relations between Vietnam and neighbouring China plummeted to their worst point in decades in early May after Beijing moved a deep-water... more ›
BANGKOK: Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly $100,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down’s Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister. Pattaramon Chanbua from Chonburi province, southeast of Bangkok, agreed via an agent to be a surrogate for the couple for a fee of Aus$16,000 ($14,900), giving birth to twins—a boy and a girl—in December, according to press reports. But when the Australians discovered the boy, named Gammy by his surrogate family, had Down’s Syndrome they abandoned him in Thailand and returned to Australia with only the healthy girl, Australia’s ABC said. “The money that was offered was... more ›
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