SKorea protests Japan claim to disputed islands

A diplomatic row between South Korea and Japan flared up again yesterday after Tokyo renewed its claim to disputed islands in a new defence policy document. The islands midway between the two countries, called Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, have for decades been a flashpoint in relations. “We strongly protest at Japan’s description of Dokdo as its territory in the defence white paper,” foreign ministry spokesman Moon Tae-Young said in a statement. “We call for the Japanese government’s immediate measures to correct it.” In July Japan had announced new education guidelines reaffirming its claim to the islands, sparking angry protests from South Koreans. Seoul has taken measures to cement its claims to the islands, including a military exercise nearby and a first-ever visit there by a South Korean prime minister. Japan claimed the islands in 1905 after winning a war with Russia. It went on to annex the entire Korean peninsula from 1910 until its defeat in 1945 at the end of World War II. South Korea says its ownership of the islets dates back centuries.

A quarter of Bangladesh landmass flooded

A quarter of Bangladesh’s landmass was under water yesterday and emergency authorities warned the situation would worsen during the weekend, an official said. Flooding has hit 20 of the country’s 64 districts, said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre director Saiful Hossain. Parts of the country were experiencing “medium” level floods, which was normal for this time of year, he said, adding that authorities were preparing for the situation to worsen. “Twenty five percent of the country is flooded, which is normal for this time of year. The flood situation in Bangladesh is deteriorating and it will be continuing for another two or three days,” he said. “Water levels in 16 rivers out of the total 45 rivers we monitor are flowing above the danger level.” Officials had not yet calculated how many people had been affected by the floods, he added. Bangladesh is criss-crossed by a network of 230 rivers and suffers annual floods, with at least a fifth of the country submerged each year. In July and August last year, flooding killed more than 1,000 people and some 40 percent of the country was under water, forcing millions to flee their homes.

[Macau Daily Times] | Original News @ HERE
Date : 2008/09/06

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