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DPRK leader has a baby daughter: RodmanUpdated: 2013-09-09 11:27 ( Agencies) CommentsPrintMailLarge Medium Small SEOUL - Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un has a baby daughter, according to US basketball star Dennis Rodman who met Kim last week. Kim's wife Ri Sol had appeared to be pregnant in pictures issued last year by DPRK's state news agency, although no confirmation was available. She then disappeared from public view, returning last October. Rodman, who has visited DPRK twice this year and describes Kim as his "friend", told Britain's Guardian newspaper that he had held the baby. "I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms Ri (Sol-Ju, Kim's wife) as well. He's a good dad and has a beautiful family," Rodman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Published on 2013-09-10 13:35:37 GMT

Japan Open to Placing Officials on Disputed Islands By HIROKO TABUCHI Published: September 10, 2013 FACEBOOK TWITTER GOOGLE+ SAVE E-MAIL SHARE PRINT REPRINTS TOKYO — Japan would not rule out stationing government officials on islands at the center of a territorial spat with China, the top cabinet secretary warned Tuesday, as a fleet of Chinese patrol ships entered disputed waters amid tensions in the year-old maritime standoff. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The fight over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, has tainted relations between the two countries even as they continue to depend on each other for trade. On Tuesday, seven Chinese patrol ships entered waters around the islands, the latest of many such incursions into the area, according to the Japanese Coast Guard. A day earlier, the Japanese spotted an unmanned drone aircraft in the islands’ vicinity, and scrambled fighter jets. Japan has not confirmed what nation controlled the drones, but has approached China over the incident, the government said. The incidents prompted a warning from Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, who told reporters that Tokyo stood prepared to make “a calm but resolute response to defend our territory.” Asked by a reporter whether Tokyo might station officials on the islands to defend Japanese territory, Mr. Suga said the move was “one option” under consideration. “Our country will never make a concession on the matter of sovereignty,” he added. An effort by either country to forcibly control the islands could lead to an escalation of the conflict, strategists have warned. They also worry that a small, unintended incident at sea as Japanese and Chinese boats chase each other near the islands could lead to a wider conflagration. Open hostility between China and Japan, an important American ally in the region, also risks drawing the United States into the conflict. The spat presents Washington with an unwelcome distraction as President Obama presses for a military strike on Syria. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in December on campaign promises that initially included a reference to placing government officials on the islands. But shortly before the voting, Mr. Abe said that he would put off a decision on the matter. He also did not include that promise in his official campaign platform for separate elections in July. A policy document issued by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party at around the same time mentions the need for Japanese officials to be based on the island, however, underscoring the government’s shifting stance on the matter. The territorial dispute, which has lasted for decades, flared up last year after the Japanese government bought three of the five islands from their private owner. The move drew outrage from Beijing, which saw it as an effort by Japan to solidify its claims. Tokyo had said at the time it was acting to pre-empt nationalists from trying to take more provocative steps to assert control.

Published on 2013-09-10 13:34:18 GMT

China's Guangzhou moves to end 'Re-education Through Labor' camps

Published on 2013-09-10 13:33:21 GMT

Published on 2013-06-22 06:30:12 GMT

German technology giant Bosch sees fastest growth in Southeast Asia Rachael Boon The Straits Times Publication Date : 21-06-2013 Southeast Asia was the fastest-growing market for German technology giant Bosch last year. And in this red-hot region, Singapore was the biggest revenue contributor for the company. Bosch makes a wide range of products, including power tools and industrial technology. Sales by the company in Singapore surged 85 per cent last year from 2011 to S$390 million (US$306 million). Across the region, sales jumped 30 per cent to S$1.13 billion. And as business booms, Bosch is adding staff. Its regional headquarters in Singapore took on 7 per cent more staff. Bosch also saw a similar manpower increase across Southeast Asia, up 9 per cent. The fastest-growing markets, in staffing terms, were Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with jumps in headcount of more than 35 per cent each. Bosch opened a representative office in fast-emerging Myanmar and expanded its presence in other regional markets. Singapore is also home to Bosch's only research and development centre outside Germany for the business division. Bosch Southeast Asia president Martin Hayes said in a statement yesterday that he is pleased with its success in the region and Singapore. "Southeast Asia is currently the fastest-growing region for Bosch, and we expect to maintain this growth momentum and achieve double-digit growth for 2013," he said. Bosch has five manufacturing plants in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. Sales revenue in the region increased across various business divisions, with the thermo-technology division recording the strongest growth of about 70 per cent. The drive and control division doubled its revenue in Singapore owing to the marine and offshore industry, and it grew more than 60 per cent across Southeast Asia. Hayes said: "We are upbeat about the potential that Southeast Asia holds as a region, especially as members of Asean gear themselves towards the Asean Economic Community by 2015." He added that the cost of labour and infrastructure build-up in the region makes it "globally competitive for manufacturing its products and components". Globally, Bosch sales inched up by 1.9 per cent to S$84.3 billion. Profit before tax was S$4.5 billion. Automotive technology is its largest unit and took in sales of S$49.9 billion, a rise of 2.1 per cent. Bosch expects a global sales growth of 2 per cent to 4 per cent this year.

Published on 2013-06-22 06:27:11 GMT

BEIJING: China dairy companies required to own farms

Published on 2013-06-22 06:26:07 GMT

Taiwan home to first confirmed H6N1 flu patient A 20-year-old Taiwanese woman has been confirmed to have the world's first confirmed case of H6N1 avian influenza

Published on 2013-06-22 06:25:19 GMT

S'pore gives S$50,000 to support disaster relief efforts after Sichuan quake

Published on 2013-04-24 19:07:12 GMT

Russian man accused of threatening to blow up plane claims trial in May

Published on 2013-04-24 19:05:30 GMT

S'pore Red Cross to send relief supplies to Sichuan quake survivors

Published on 2013-04-24 19:05:00 GMT

Seven killed, dozens hurt in Afghan quake

Published on 2013-04-24 19:03:12 GMT

ASEAN leaders talk China, trade

Published on 2013-04-24 19:02:41 GMT

Taiwan confirms first H7N9 bird flu case outside China

Published on 2013-04-24 19:02:05 GMT

82 dead in Bangladesh building collapse: