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Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects'

A Chinese aircrew has spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. Searchers discovered "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres", Xinhua said, citing a reporter on board a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane. The larger objects were "white and square", it added.

Russia says it is complying with troop limits near Ukraine border: Itar-Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is complying with international agreements limiting the number of troops near its border with Ukraine, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Sunday. "The Russian Defense Ministry is in compliance with all international agreements limiting the number of troops in the border areas with Ukraine," Antonov was quoted as saying by the state Itar-Tass news agency. (Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

N. Korea calls first session of new legislature

SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday called the first meeting of its new parliament. The state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, announced in a short dispatch that the inaugural session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly will be held in Pyongyang on April 9. On March 9, 687 new deputies were elected to what is regarded as a rubber-stamp legislature. It was the first such election under the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who took the helm in December 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

China's nuke envoy visits N. Korea

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- China's top negotiator on North Korea's nuclear program is visiting Pyongyang, the country's state media reported on Monday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not give specifics on Wu Dawei's visit or the exact date of his arrival, but only said he had arrived in the North's capital. Wu's trip is the latest in a series of visits from Chinese officials to the neighboring country since the high-profile purge of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle in December.

N. Korea holds key meeting to bolster military capabilities

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has held a key meeting to discuss ways to improve combat readiness and military capabilities, the country's state media said Monday, in its latest show of force. Participants of an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party also discussed issues related to establishing the party's monolithic leadership system in the army and improving livelihoods of its soldiers, the Korean Central News Agency said.

N. Korea holds key meeting to bolster military capabilities

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has held a key meeting to discuss ways to improve combat readiness and military capabilities, the country's state media said Monday, in its latest show of force. Participants of an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party also discussed issues related to establishing the party's monolithic leadership system in the army and improving livelihoods of its soldiers, the Korean Central News Agency said.

Kremlin says no reason to adjust foreign policy after G8 criticism: Itar-TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said there was no reason to adjust Russia's foreign policy in response to criticism of its stance on Ukraine by other G8 nations, according to an Itar-TASS news agency report on Sunday. "Statements - that's not a reason for any (policy) adjustments," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, according to Itar-TASS. (Reporting by Lidia Kelly and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Lidia Kelly)

N. Korea denies any link to Libya oil tanker

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea denied any responsibility Thursday for a North Korean-flagged oil tanker that left Libya after being illegally loaded with oil at a port controlled by anti-government rebels. On Saturday, the North Korean-flagged tanker, named Morning Glory, entered Es Sidra port in the Middle Eastern country. After allegedly loading 234,000 barrels of oil illegally, the vessel escaped to sea.

N. Korea urges South to stick to 'no-slander' deal

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has denounced the South for failing to comply with a deal to stop slandering each other, claiming officials and media here alike are putting the deal's implementation at a "critical crossroads." After holding two rounds of rare high-level talks last month, the two Koreas agreed to stop making insulting remarks against each other to improve their relations.

N. Korea urges South to stick to 'no-slander' deal

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has denounced the South for failing to comply with a deal to stop slandering each other, claiming officials and media here alike are putting the deal's implementation at a "critical crossroads." After holding two rounds of rare high-level talks last month, the two Koreas agreed to stop making insulting remarks against each other to improve their relations.
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