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31 May 2014

Publication Date : 31-05-2014


Thailand's Foreign Ministry has ordered Thai Ambassador to London Pasan Teparak, who is believed to be linked to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, to return to Bangkok and report to the ministry as soon as possible, The Nation quoted ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee as saying.  Singapore Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh has appealed to Japan and China to forgo their long staked-out positions and take pragmatic steps to enable a festering territorial dispute to be settled, The Straits Times reports. Japan’s moves to improve ties with North Korea are triggering concerns that they would hamper the ongoing multilateral efforts to prevent Pyongyang’s provocative behavior and denuclearize the communist state, says The Korea Herald. In view of China’s recent aggressive actions against the Philippines, a group of lawmakers calls on the Supreme Court to resolve a six-year-old petition seeking the declaration as unconstitutional of a 2008 agreement that allowed China and Vietnam to jointly explore with the Philippines oil resources in the country’s undisputed and claimed territories in the West Philippine Sea, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. India on Friday released 37 Pakistani prisoners — five of them civil and the remaining 32 fishermen — and handed them over to Pakistani authorities at the Wagah border, according to Dawn.



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