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India, Japan agree on military sales, train, nuclear deal

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Japan have signed agreements on military purchases for India’s armed forces, high-speed trains and upgrading India’s infrastructure.

They also reached an agreement for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, with the final deal to be signed after technical details are finalized.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday described the agreements as a new era of cooperation between the two countries.

Abe told reporters that Japan’s cooperation with India in the nuclear field will be limited to peaceful objectives.

India has been trying to upgrade its military equipment and the possible sale of US-2 amphibious aircraft could be Japan’s first major military transfer since lifting a postwar ban on the export of defense equipment in 2014.

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COP21 UPDATE: China and India say rich nations must bear more climate costs

PARIS (AP) — CHINA is standing firm at the Paris climate talks on its demand that rich countries should bear a greater burden than developing ones in reducing emissions and helping countries cope with global warming.

Liu Zhenmin, deputy chief of the Chinese delegation, told reporters Friday the issue is “at the core of our concern for the Paris agreement.” He said he wants different rules for different countries “clearly stipulated” in a deal that may be finalized Saturday.

The U.S. and European countries want to move away from this “differentiation” among economies, and want big emerging countries like China and India to pitch in more in a final climate deal.

Liu also argued against setting a too-tough long-term goal on reducing carbon emissions, or sharply limiting the number of degrees the planet warms this century, because that would involve huge lifestyle and economic changes.

He says “we need heating, we need air conditioning, you need to drive your car.”

A woman cycles past a coal fired power plant in Beijing Thursday Oct. 21, 2004. Pic: AP.

India’s environment minister also says wealthy nations are not showing enough flexibility as talks on a new climate accord are heading into overtime.

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Prakash Javadekar told reporters Friday at the U.N. climate talks that India wants a “just and equitable accord” that spares the world’s poor from the “ill impacts” of climate change. He says “unfortunately, the developing world is accommodating and the developed world is not accommodating and is not showing flexibility.”

He says the disagreements are focused on “differentiation” — how to define the responsibilities of countries in different stages of economic development.

Wealthy nations insist the firewall between rich and poor countries must go — all must fight global warming. They say large developing nations such as China, the world’s top greenhouse gas emitter, must also play a role in fighting climate change and helping the poorest countries cope with it.

But a bloc of nations including India and China is resisting those efforts, saying wealthy nations including the U.S., Japan and European countries have more historical responsibility because they have polluted the atmosphere for much longer.

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Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba says it is buying Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post.

Alibaba Group said late Friday that it signed a deal with publisher SCMP Group to buy the Post and the company’s other media assets, which include magazines, outdoor advertising and digital media.

The newspaper said in a story on its website that the purchase price is not being disclosed.

It is the latest media-related acquisition for Alibaba and gives control of Hong Kong’s most prominent English-language publication to a mainland Chinese company.

The deal is part of Alibaba’s strategy of diversifying away from its core Internet shopping business by tapping rising demand for online content from Chinese consumers.

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10 Cambodians dead after dog meat feast, drinking wine

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian health officials have been dispatched to a rural northeastern district where 10 people died and more than 100 fell ill in two separate incidents linked to the consumption of dog meat and rice wine.

Kratie provincial health department chief Chhneang Sivutha said Friday that experts from the U.N.’s World Health Organization were also investigating the incidents, both in Snuol district. He also said that people in the province have been warned not to eat the meat of animals that have died from illness or poisoning, and not to drink any type of wine that has not been properly inspected.

Six people died last Sunday after eating the barbequed carcass of a dog that had died for unknown reasons. The other four died after drinking rice wine on Tuesday.

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Malaysia cargo firm says it owns 3 jets left idle at airport

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new Malaysian air cargo company says it is the owner of three jumbo jets parked for more than a year at the country’s main airport.

Malaysia’s airport operator this week took the unusual step of posting photos in two newspapers of the three Boeing 747-200s, warning owners that the airport has the right to sell or dispose of the planes unless they are collected within 14 days.

Swift Air Cargo says it legally bought the planes in June and that the airport operator had demanded more documentation on the purchase.

Swift’s lawyer Syed Amir Syakib Arslan said Friday the company is “dumbfounded and perplexed” by the airport’s action.

The operator says the claim of ownership could not be satisfactorily verified.

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