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Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

Updated: Jan 12, 2017 06:05 IST      
Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

New York [USA], Jan. 12 (ANI): Taiwan has reportedly deployed fighter jets, a surveillance aircraft and Navy frigates in response to the movement of China's lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

The Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier, entered the strait, part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, after training exercises in the South China Sea.

The Chinese vessels moved through waters off Shantou in the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong early Wednesday morning and continued north, reports the CNN.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is on a Central American tour, has been briefed about the situation and requested that officials in Taipei closely monitor the movements of the Chinese vessels.

Taiwan's response was the third time in three days that air forces in the region had scrambled jets in response to Chinese military activity, after Japan and South Korea deployed fighters on Monday. The development occurred after a squadron of six Chinese bombers and two other aircraft flew over the waters that separate Japan and South Korea and over the Sea of Japan.

Also, the South China Sea is home to a string of territorial disputes.

Tensions have ratcheted up as China has reclaimed land in massive dredging operations, turning sandbars into islands equipped with airfields, ports and lighthouses.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all dispute sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters in the South China Sea -- with rival claims to the Chinese interpretation. (ANI)

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Five dead, 153 injured as Typhoon Hato hits Macau

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 01:36 IST     

Beijing [China], August 24 (ANI): At least five people were killed after Typhoon Hato struck Macau on Wednesday, a spokesperson of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government said.

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Seven dead, several missing after boat sinks in Brazil

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 01:12 IST     

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 23 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said that the country's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf should face the trial like the one faced by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Trump calls for Senate Republicans to get rid of filibuster

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 21:40 IST     

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Sharif's wife Kulsoom diagnosed with lymphoma

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 20:03 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 23 (ANI): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday revealed that her mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz is suffering from lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the lymph nodes.

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US seeking Pakistan's cooperation to resolve Afghan issue

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 19:50 IST     

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Aug.23 (ANI): US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has said his country values Pakistan's role in the war against terror and is seeking Islamabad's cooperation to resolve Afghan issue.

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Three dead as Typhoon Hato hits Macau, Hong Kong

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 18:24 IST     

Beijing [China], Aug 23 (ANI): At least three people died after Typhoon Hato hit Macau, bringing chaos and destruction in the city on Wednesday.

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Saudi-led airstrike kills 35 in Yemen's capital

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 17:17 IST     

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Pak PM leaves on maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 14:15 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 23 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left on his maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

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Updated: Aug 23, 2017 12:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], 23 Aug (ANI): Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived in India on Wednesday for a five-day official visit.

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