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Japan Hosts ASEAN Delegates Seeking to Solve Maritime Disputes

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan on Wednesday hosted delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for talks on simmering tensions in the South China Sea. The vice-ministerial-level meeting — the third of its kind since 2009 — focused on the need to create consensus on the interpretation of maritime law regarding freedom of navigation. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, […]

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Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israel Museum and Internet giant Google have made high-quality images of five of the Dead Sea Scrolls available for viewing online. Antiquities officials say the online project launched Monday provides unlimited access to the 2,000-year-old manuscripts, which are considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. When complete, the project by […]

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ASEAN Experts Meet in Manila on South China Sea

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Maritime experts from across Southeast Asia are meeting in Manila to discuss a Philippine proposal for avoiding future conflicts in the South China Sea. The group’s findings will be passed to senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, who will make recommendations ahead of an ASEAN summit in November. Philippine Vice President Jejomar […]

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Philippines to Boost Defenses in South China Sea

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:37 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines says it will spend $118 million to build up its air and sea defenses in the Spratly Islands, where Chinese vessels have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas exploration efforts. Officials said President Benigno Aquino has approved the spending to purchase a high-endurance naval cutter and six helicopters, three each for the air force […]

Shell Fighting Oil Leak in North Sea

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Royal Dutch Shell says it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha drilling Platform in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland. The company Friday said the leak was coming from a pipe, but did not say how much oil may have escaped. A spokesperson was quoted as saying further […]

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South Korea Lets North Korean Fishermen Return Home

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has returned home seven North Koreans whose fishing boats drifted into South Korean waters across the tense Yellow Sea maritime border between their countries. Three of them were found adrift after running out of fuel and allowed to return home early Friday after their boat was refueled by the South Koreans. The others […]

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Vietnam Accuses Beijing Over South China Sea Exploration

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese officials say they have met with Chinese counterparts to formally protest the activities of a research vessel in the South China Sea off its coasts. State media Tuesday quoted a foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying Vietnam regards the Chinese activities as a violation of its sovereignty and jurisdictional rights. The spokeswoman said Vietnam demands […]

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China Protests Philippine Lawmakers Visit to Disputed Island

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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China has made a “strong protest” about Wednesday’s visit by a group of Philippine lawmakers to a disputed territory in the South China Sea. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters in Beijing Wednesday that the Philippine side seriously infringed on China’s territorial integrity. Beijing claims that it has indisputable sovereignty over the South […]

Philippine Lawmakers Visit Disputed Island, Defying China

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Five Philippine lawmakers flew to a disputed South China Sea island Wednesday in an action China had warned would “sabotage” relations between the two countries. The legislators, including two members of President Benigno Aquino’s party, said the trip was intended to assert Philippine sovereignty in a section of the potentially oil- and gas-rich Spratly Islands. […]

Malaysia Rescues 46 Suspected Illegal Immigrants From Sinking Boat

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they have rescued 46 Indonesians whose boat was about to sink in waters between the two countries. The men are believed to have been working illegally in Malaysia and trying to make their way home to celebrate Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which begins in August. The men have been taken […]