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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
yesterday marked the 70th anniversary
of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by
renewing his commitment to a nuclear
weapons-free Japan, following criticism
for not making the same pledge on the
anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing
“As the only nation in the world to
have suffered a war-time nuclear attack,
I have renewed my resolve to play a
leading role in pursuing a world without
nuc lear weapons and maintain the three
non-nuclear principles,” Abe said in
Nagasaki Peace Park.
The “three non-nuc lear principles”
are Japan’s long-standing policy of not
possessing or producing nuclear arms
and not letting others bring them into
Japan’s defence minister triggered a
new row over controversial security
legislation on Wednesday when he
said the bills under consideration by
parliament would not rule out the
military transporting the nuclear
weapons of foreign forces.
Abe’s cabinet adopted a resolution
last year reinterpreting the pacifist
constitution, drafted by Americans after
World War Two, to let Japan exercise
collective self-defence, or defend an ally
The unpopular bills have already
passed the Lower House and Abe’s
ruling bloc has a majority in the Upper
House as well. But sur veys show a
majority of voters are opposed to what
would be a significant shift in Japan’s
Japanese media reported that Abe will
not visit Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni
shrine for the war dead on Saturday,
which marks the 70th anniversary of
Japan’s surrender to the Allies in World
Abe is a regular visitor to the shrine
and his appearances often spark ire
from Asian neighbours such as China
and South Korea which came under
Even if the premier stays away from
Yasukuni, he may still come under
scrutiny if he omits an apology in a
statement expected to be released later
this week marking the 70th anniversary
of Japan’s defeat.
Abe has said the statement will express
“remorse” for Japan’s wartime actions
but domestic media reported over the
weekend that the word “apology ” will
not be included.
Abe’s remarks are being closely watched
by China and South Korea, where bitter
memories of Japan’s wartime occupation
and colonisation run deep, and by Tokyo’s
close ally Washington. — Reuters
PM vows to
Seagulls terrorise British holidaymakers
A familiar presence at Britain’s
seaside resorts, seagulls this northern
summer are spreading fear after
ambushing holidaymakers as they
tuck into their fish and chips.
The country’s tabloid newspapers
have had a field day, with headlines
including: Seagull stole my iPhone
(The Sun), Moment killer seagull
turns cannibal (The Daily Mail)
and Psycho seagulls keep out illegals
Even the broadsheets have joined
in, with The Sunday Times warning,
Gull gangs learn new tricks to steal
your seafront snacks.
The squawking menaces have always
had a bad reputation as scavengers.
But the gulls are now apparently
growing in audacity and rather than
feeding on leftovers, are deliberately
targeting people’s fish and chips, the
battered haddock or cod combination
traditionally eaten by holidaymakers,
as they tuck in.
“They ’ve been trained by terrorists,
I’m sure,” Cliff Faires, owner of a
seafood kiosk in the historic south
coast resort of Brighton, said.
A sign outside his Brighton Shellfish
and Oyster Bar warns: “Seagulls will
snatch your food. Please be aware.
We don’t take any responsibility for
this action. ”
Local witnesses described a
common modus operandi of the
birds, whereby a lone assailant
pounces on an unsuspecting diner,
forcing them to drop their food. At
this point, hordes of reinforcements
arrive to feast on the spilled remains.
“They ’ll eat everything except
lemon and tabasco,” one added.
Experts blame a combination
of factors for this summer’s
They include gulls becoming more
accustomed to living close to humans
and the birds being particularly
aggressive in July when they have
young in their nests.
Three pets have been pecked to
death by seagulls in south-west
England in recent months — a turtle,
a chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier.
Even Prime Minister David
Cameron has swooped into the
debate. “ I think a big conversation
needs to happen,” he said. — AFP
A father of three has set up a crowd-
funding campaign hoping federal
politicians will help fund his family
holiday to Uluru.
Stephen Callaghan decided to make
the invitation to MPs after being
outraged to learn some fly their children
around the country on the taxpayer.
“I think it was always in the back of our
mind that the politicians were abusing
the system by scheduling these iffy
appointments just so they could go to the
footy, but I had no idea they were carting
around their family at our expense,” he
told ABC radio today. —AAP
Dad to politicians: Help
fund our family holiday
Singapore turns 50 with huge parade
Singapore has celebrated the 50th
anniversary of its independence
with fireworks, a massive military
parade and a tribute to late
founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.
The authoritarian ruler, who died
in March aged 91, was honoured
with a video on his life and times
at the beginning of the annual
National Day Parade.
The crowd — decked in the red
and white Singapore colours and
many in tears — greeted the tribute
with a robust round of applause.
The festivities that followed
featured about 2000 marchers, 50
military aircraft, 177 tanks and other
security hardware, underscoring the
Singapore military’s status as the
best armed in the region.
One of the highlights was a fly-
past by a Singapore Airlines Airbus
A380 super jumbo adorned with
the republic’s red and white flag.
The crowd also cheered when 20
F-16 fighters formed the number
“50” as they roared overhead.
Minutes later, helicopters including
Apache attack choppers flew by.
The procession was the high
point of a jubilee year largely
choreographed and funded by the
government, which is expected
to call a general election soon to
extend its rule against a divided
Singapore became a republic
on August 9, 1965, when it was
ejected from the Malay federation
following a stormy two-year union.
The ruling People’s Action Party
(PAP), which Lee co-founded and
which has ruled uninterrupted
since independence, has been
criticised for silencing free speech
and detaining political opponents.
But politics was put aside on
Sunday when national television
and radio stations broadcast a
2012 recording of Lee Kuan Yew
reading the original declaration of
On the eve of the parade his son,
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,
said in a televised message that “at
50 years, as we stand at a high base
camp, we look back and mar vel at
how how far we have come”.
The premier was joined at the
parade by leaders and top officials
of the Association of South-east
Asian Nations along with officials
from China, Australia and Japan.
Former colonial ruler Britain was
represented by Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond and Prince
Andrew, while the United States
sent former trade representative
Lee Kuan Yew ’s death on March
23 triggered an unprecedented
outpouring of grief. A bouquet was
placed on his customary seat at the
parade. — AFP
Trump refuses to apologise
Republican presidential front-
runner Donald Trump has refused
to apologise for a crude attack
on a female Fox News journalist,
insisting he was misunderstood.
The brash billionaire found
himself at the centre of controversy
after seeming to suggest that
Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators
of last week’s presidential debate,
was tough on him because she was
“ You can see there was blood
coming out of her eyes, blood
coming out of her wherever,”
Trump told CNN on Saturday.
The comment prompted the
organiser of a major conser vative
forum in Atlanta to withdraw his
invitation to the event.
But Trump said only “sick” people
or a “deviant ” would have concluded
he was talking about Kelly’s period.
“ I cherish women. I want to help
women,” Trump said in a phone
inter view with CNN’s overnight.
“ Who would make a statement
like that? Only a sick person would
even think about it.”
When asked how so many of his
fellow candidates and conser vative
pundits had reached the conclusion
about his comment, Trump replied:
“They want to be politically correct.
They want to get points. I’m leading
in the polls. ”
Trump nevertheless did not offer
an apology, saying only that he had
“nothing against ” Kelly, but saying
she asked “unfair” questions of him
during the debate.
Trump’s adversaries have seized
the opportunity to score points
against the unlikely frontrunner.
“There’s no excuse for this,” former
Hewlett-Packard chief executive
Carly Fiorina — the only woman
in the Republican field — told Fox
“ You don’t get things done by
of the candidates
including Fiorina, and Jeb Bush
have asked Trump to apologise.
Kelly has so far not commented.
Maldives joins MH370 hunt
The Maldives has joined a regional
search for wreckage from missing flight
MH370 following reports that islanders
in the Indian ocean atoll nation have
spotted unidentified debris.
Maldivian police are responding to
several sightings of debris washed
up along the northern atolls of the
archipelago, some of which occurred
about a month ago, but were only
brought to the attention of authorities
“There is new attention to these
sightings after the discovery at
Reunion,” police said, referring to a wing
part found in late July on the French
territory located 3200km south-west of
Local media reports said the biggest
piece of debris, a 2.4m by 60cm long
panel, had washed up a few days earlier.
The Boeing 777 disappeared on
March 8 last year, sparking the largest
multi-national search operation in
history, now focused on the southern
Indian Ocean based on satellite data
hinting at the plane’s path. — AFP
Abbott cool on ‘Vegemite watch’
Prime Minister Tony Abbott does not
want to see Australia’s signature spread
put on “ Vegemite watch” amid concerns
it is being used to brew alcohol.
Abbott said it was important to ensure
remote communities are being properly
policed but insists his is a deregulatory
“The last thing I want to do is have
a Vegemite watch,” Abbott said in
Brisbane yesterday. “ Vegemite, quite
properly, is for most people a reasonably
nutritious spread on your morning toast
or on your sandwiches.”
The comments come after Indigenous
Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said
businesses in dry communities had a
responsibility to report any Vegemite
purchase that may raise their suspicions.
But the government was not seeking to
place any restrictions on the sale of the
spread, he said.
“Addiction of any type is a concern, but
communities, especially where alcohol
is banned, must work to ensure home
brewing of this type does not occur,”
Scullion said. — A AP
Britain claims Gibraltar intrusions
The British government has accused
Spain of violating its sovereignty over
Gibraltar, saying Spanish State vessels
had repeatedly and unlawfully entered
its territorial waters without notifying it.
The row is the latest in a long line of
diplomatic spats between Britain and
Spain over the territory, which was
ceded to Britain about 300 years ago but
which Spanish authorities now want to
“These repeated incursions into British
Gibraltar territorial waters are a clear
violation of UK sovereignty by another
EU country and we will be raising this
as a matter of urgency with the Spanish
authorities,” Hugo Swire, a British
Foreign Office minister, said.
Britain, which runs the rocky outcrop
off Spain’s southern coast, said it believed
the offending Spanish vessels had been
pursuing other boats which may have
been committing unspecified crimes.
But Spain denied wrongdoing. “ The
waters are Spanish,” an official from
Spain’s Foreign Ministry, who declined
to be named, said. — Reuters
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