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Far East


A highway tunnel collapsed in central Japan Sunday, leaving two people injured and at least seven missing while a fire broke out inside, dpa reported.

Three vehicles were trapped inside the 4.7-kilometer Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Two cars were crushed in the tunnel in Otsuki, about 80 kilometres west of Tokyo, after the 20-centimetre-thick ceiling collapsed in one section, Kyodo said.

One injured woman told rescue workers she had escaped from a car in which six people were traveling, Kyodo reported.


Kyrgyzstan and China plan to sign an agreement on cooperation in the area of economy, geology and preferential loans.

The documents related to the agreement are planned to be signed during the official visit of the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Wen Jiabao to Kyrgyzstan on December 4.

The sides plan to sign four agreements, including the memorandum on cooperation in monitoring joint investment projects, agreement on technical and economic cooperation as well as memorandum on understanding between the countries' bodies.


China once again urged International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 5 permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany to enhance dialogue and cooperation with Iran to resolve Iran's nuclear issue, IRNA reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was responding to a question about the UN nuclear watchdog's latest report, which allegedly said Iran is installing more centrifuges at its enrichment plants.

Noting the report Hua said, 'China has always considered that dialogue and cooperation is the only right way to properly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.'


Although China is under pressure by Western powers due to its close relations with Iran, but China expands ties with Iran unconcerned by the pressures, IRNA quoted China Ambassador to Iran Yu Hongyang as saying on Tuesday.

Over 70 state-run Chinese companies are active in Iran, he said, adding that the administration will support the companies as a means to boost relations with Iran.

In August, Iranian Ambassador to China Mahdi Safari said that the Islamic Republic and China plan to increase the value of bilateral trade to $70 billion in five years.


United Nations and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks on Syria with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday as he sought ways to halt rising violence in Syria, dpa reported.

The Foreign Ministry gave no immediate details of the talks, which took place following the death of more than 70 people in Syria on Tuesday, according to Syrian activists.

The latest violence erupted as Brahimi travelled to China in an attempt to secure support for his efforts to stop the violence. He met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday.


Japan's crude oil imports from Iran in September fell 36,1 percent from a year earlier, data from the trade ministry showed on Wednesday, as Western sanctions continued to squeeze exports from the Middle Eastern country, Reuters reported.

The Islamic Republic is under intense financial pressure from U.S. and European trade restrictions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme. Iran denies all accusations, claiming its nuclear program is of civilian nature.


Following four-hour talks, leadership of the Chinese Road Construction Company Sino Gidro and representatives of road department and trade unions of Georgia reached an agreement.

As Georgian Trade Union Confederation reported, the leadership of the Chinese company agreed with terms of road builders in Choloki (Adjara), who held a 10-day strike demanding a salary increase. Their wages will increase by 5 lari ($ 1 = 1.66 lari) per day, approximately by 30-33 per cent.


Iran is hopeful its ally China will fund up to $2 billion to complete Tehran's metro rail which faces delays due to lack of financing as a result of sanctions, a government official said on Monday, reported Reuters.

Phase two of the metro is on track for completion next year but two new lines under the third phase may be delayed due to lack of money, Mohammad Montazeri, deputy managing director, planning & logistics, Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Co said.


Six people, including five German nationals and a Chinese driver, died and 14 others were injured after a tourist bus rear-ended a container truck and caught fire Monday near Beijing, police said.

The bus, which had a license plate from Beijing, was carrying a group of German tourists and was driving on an expressway linking the capital with the neighboring port city of Tianjin when the accident happened at around 8:30 a.m., said police authorities in Tianjin.

Police said the tour group was organized by the Beijing-based China Youth Travel Service.


A powerful typhoon was moving closer to southern Japanese islands Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of high waves, strong winds and heavy rains, dpa reported.

Stormy weather travelling ahead of Typhoon Jelawat, the 17th of this season, had already enveloped Ishigaki Island, the agency said.

As of 2 pm (0500 GMT), Jelawat was 130 kilometres south of Ishigaki island, travelling north-northeast at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour (kph), the agency said.

The typhoon is feared to hit Okinawa Island Saturday, the agency said.