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3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted sailing Monday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 17th straight day that Chinese government ships were spotted around the Japan-controlled islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

US defence chief warns China over territorial claims

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday warned China against unilateral action to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan or other Asian countries, drawing a parallel with Russia's incursion in Ukraine. "All nations deserve respect, no matter how large or how small," Hagel said during a visit to Tokyo. "I think we're seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect, and coercion and intimidation with ... what the Russians have done in Ukraine," he told a joint news conference with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera.

Israel okays controversial E.Jerusalem archaeology project

Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry "heard objections" from the Palestinians and from residents to the plans to build a visitor centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, a statement said. However it approved the project on the grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public".

Israel okays controversial E.Jerusalem archaeology project

Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry "heard objections" from the Palestinians and from residents to the plans to build a visitor centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, a statement said. However it granted approval to the project on grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public".

Israel okays disputed E.Jerusalem archaeology project

Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry "heard objections" from Palestinians and residents to plans to build a visitor's centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, it said in a statement. However it granted approval to the project on grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public". dar-jad/bpz

S. Korea vows 'stern measures' against Japan over textbook claims

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se on Thursday vowed to take "stern measures" against Japan if Tokyo steps up its territorial claim to South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan in new history textbooks, according to Yonhap News Agency. "Right after the announcement is made, (South Korea) will take stern measures accordingly," Yun was quoted as telling reporters. "We are closely watching the situation, and the government may have an opportunity in the near future to convey its stance," Yun said.

FM vows stern action against Japan's expected claims to Dokdo

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean foreign minister pledged Thursday to take stern action against Japan if Tokyo steps up its territorial claim to the easternmost South Korean islets of Dokdo in its new history textbooks. Japan is scheduled to announce the results of its examination of revised elementary school textbooks on Friday, with Seoul expecting Tokyo to ratchet up its territorial claim to Dokdo. "Right after the announcement is made, (South Korea) will take stern measures accordingly," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told reporters.

FM vows stern action against Japan's expected claims to Dokdo

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean foreign minister pledged Thursday to take stern action against Japan if Tokyo steps up its territorial claim to the easternmost South Korean islets of Dokdo in its new history textbooks. Japan is scheduled to announce the results of its examination of revised elementary school textbooks on Friday, with Seoul expecting Tokyo to ratchet up its territorial claim to Dokdo. "Right after the announcement is made, (South Korea) will take stern measures accordingly," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told reporters.

Israel reissues tenders for E. Jerusalem settler homes

Israel reissued Tuesday a call for tenders for settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem in a move said likely to hike tensions as Washington struggles to salvage crisis-hit peace talks, an NGO said. Peace Now's Hagit Ofran, confirming the tenders were for 708 homes in Gilo, a settlement neighbourhood of Arab east Jerusalem, saying "the ministry of housing is trying to forcefully undermine the peace process... and (US Secretary of State) John Kerry's efforts to promote it.

Israel pushes tenders for 700 east Jerusalem homes

Israel on Tuesday pushed tenders for more than 700 homes in a settlement neighbourhood in annexed east Jerusalem, as Washington made intensive efforts to salvage a crisis-hit peace process, an Israeli NGO said. "The ministry of housing is trying to forcefully undermine the peace process ... and (US Secretary of State) John Kerry's efforts to promote it," charged Peace Now's Hagit Ofran, confirming the tenders were for 708 homes in the Gilo settlement in Arab east Jerusalem. dar-hmw/jad/al
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