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Japanese foreign minister to visit Spain next month

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Spain on Jan. 7-8 to promote bilateral cooperation for Japanese firms' expansion into Latin America and Spanish companies' foray into Asia, a government source said Wednesday. Kishida is expected to agree with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo to consider specific measures for such cooperation, the source said. The Japanese government sees fast-growing Latin America with close historical ties to Spain as a promising market for Japanese companies.

Cambodian top diplomat visits troops at Preah Vihear temple to explain World Court's ruling

Cambodian top diplomat visits troops at Preah Vihear temple to explain World Court's ruling PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Saturday visited troops stationed at Preah Vihear temple territory to explain the interpretation of the recent World Court's ruling over disputed land with Thailand.

(Special for ASEAN)Malaysian PM to meet Bruneian Sultan on bilateral ties

(Special for ASEAN)Malaysian PM to meet Bruneian Sultan on bilateral ties KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister is to meet with Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for the Annual Leaders' Consultation between the two countries, Malaysian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Cambodia waits for Thailand to implement ICJ ruling on border dispute

The Cambodian government said Saturday it is waiting for Thailand to hold talks on the implementation of the verdict issued last month by the International Court of Justice on the border dispute between the two countries. Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said "We need to consult with Thailand on the implementation of the ICJ's verdict."

Thai soldiers kill 37 Cambodian loggers in 11 months: police

Thai soldiers kill 37 Cambodian loggers in 11 months: police PHNOM PENH, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 37 Cambodian persons were shot dead by Thai soldiers so far this year when they had illegally crossed border to log rosewood in Thai territory, a local media reported Friday.

Danish economy takes off while Sweden lags

Danish quarterly economic growth exceeded that of Sweden for the second quarter in a row, according to official statistics released Friday. In the third quarter of 2013, Denmark's GDP increased by 0.4 percent whereas the Swedish economy grew only by 0.1 percent. "A new Nordic tiger has been born ... Expect it to continue," Nordea economist Jan Stoerup Nielsen said on Twitter. It was the first time since early 2011 that Denmarks's economy grew for two consecutive quarters.

Cambodia, Thailand see 11 pct rise in bilateral trade in 8 months

Cambodia, Thailand see 11 pct rise in bilateral trade in 8 months PHNOM PENH, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral trade volume between Cambodia and its neighboring Thailand increased by 11 percent during the first eight months of 2013, the figures from the Thai Embassy to Cambodia showed Wednesday. During the January-August period this year, the two-way trade was valued at 3.03 billion U.S. dollars, up 11 percent from 2.72 billion U.S. dollars over the same period last year, the figures said.

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Duty Editor: Sarah Titterton Tel: +852 2829 6211 ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON TUESDAY + UN 'expecting the worst' in Philippine typhoon toll + China wraps up key summit on economic reform PHILIPPINES -- The UN announces it will coordinate a massive appeal for aid as desperation builds in stricken Philippine towns, with the need for food, water and relief goods increasing following the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (PHILIPPINES-WEATHER-TYPHOON) CHINA

Cambodia welcomes UN ruling on territorial dispute

Cambodia welcomed and Thailand accepted a UN ruling Monday awarding most of the disputed border land around an ancient temple to Cambodia -- an issue which sparked deadly clashes in the past. Nervous Cambodians had dug bunkers or evacuated homes earlier Monday in anticipation of trouble following the International Court of Justice ruling at The Hague, while many Thai schools along the border were shut for the day.

Thailand braces for trouble as U.N. court backs Cambodia in border row

By Thomas Escritt and Amy Sawitta Lefevre THE HAGUE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - A U.N. court ruled in favor of Cambodia on Monday in a long-running dispute with Thailand over jurisdiction of land around an ancient temple, a decision that threatens to add fuel to a deepening political standoff in Bangkok.
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