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CHINA

US criticized over Tibet

The US should not interfere in China’s internal affairs on matters related to Tibet, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) told US Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call on Saturday. According to an account of the call posted on the Chinese foreign ministry Web site, Kerry reaffirmed that there was no change in the US policy that Tibet is a part of China and that the US does not support Tibetan independence. The phone call follows on from US President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama last week at the White House despite China warning it would damage diplomatic relations. Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. During the call, Wang and Kerry also discussed the success of the recently concluded bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, according to the foreign ministry posting, which did not give specifics.

INDONESIA

Flash floods kill at least 24

Flash floods and landslides killed 24 people in Indonesia’s Central Java Province, officials said yesterday, forcing residents to evacuate to safer areas as torrential rains damaged thousands of homes. Rescue teams searched for 26 others who remained missing after the region, among the most densely populated parts of the country, saw heavy rainfall overnight. “Heavy rain has caused floods and landslides in 16 regencies in Central Java,” Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement.

MALAYSIA

MH370 meeting to be held

The nation said it will host a two-day meeting with Australia and China beginning today to discuss next steps in the fruitless search for missing Flight MH370. State-run Bernama news agency on Saturday quoted a Ministry of Transport official saying the meeting would focus on “the future direction of the search operation for MH370.” The three countries have said previously they will call off the Australian-lead hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 if nothing is found in a designated search area in the remote Indian Ocean. So far 105,000km2 of the 120,000km2 seafloor search zone has been covered without success. Recent bad weather has delayed the expected completion of the search to August, Australian authorities said earlier this month. The jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board in March 2014, and is presumed to have crashed into the sea far off Western Australia’s coast.

CAR

MSF driver killed

A local driver for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) was killed on Friday during an ambush on a convoy by unidentified gunmen, the medical aid group said on Saturday. The attack, which occurred on the road between Sibut and Grimari in the center of the country, comes one month after an MSF staff member was shot dead in a similar ambush in the north that led MSF to suspend its operation in the area. Thierry Dumont, the charity’s chief in Central Africa, told French broadcaster Radio France Internationale that the reason of the attack was unclear. However, “trucks or humanitarian vehicles are economic targets,” he said. “We are carrying goods, people have a little bit of money with them.” The nation descended into chaos in early 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters seized power, triggering reprisal attacks by Christian Anti-Balaka militias.

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