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TOKYO, Aug. 1 Kyodo

---------- Aso, Yang discuss N. Korea's denuclearization, gas dispute

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso met his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, on Wednesday in Manila and the two are expected to reaffirm cooperation in ensuring that North Korea will denuclearize and in pushing for a joint development plan to resolve a bilateral gas dispute, Japanese officials said.

The meeting between Yang and Aso follows up on the agreements made by the six nations -- the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia -- focused on North Korea's denuclearization when they met last month in Beijing.

---------- Bomb attack kills 3 Sri Lankan soldiers

COLOMBO - Three soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula late Monday, hours after troops had uncovered a rebel weapons cache that included Russian-made surface-to-air missiles and an antiaircraft gun, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The soldiers died in a bomb attack at Varani in the north, while the arms cache, one of the biggest found in recent weeks, was discovered at Thoppigala in the east where troops last month evicted Tamil Tiger rebels from their last remaining eastern fortress.

---------- 69 Chinese miners rescued after 3 days trapped in flooded pit

BEIJING - Sixty-nine miners trapped underground for more than three days in a flooded coal mine in central China were rescued Wednesday.

State television showed pictures of the men being led to the surface by rescue workers who had been trying since Sunday morning to free them.

---------- S. Korean negotiators to meet Taliban's hostages in Afghanistan: AIP

ISLAMABAD - South Korean negotiators will be allowed to meet with a group of South Korean Christian aid workers taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, in the wake of the executions of two of them, the Afghan Islamic Press reported Wednesday.

Twenty-three South Koreans were kidnapped July 19 by Taliban militants while traveling by bus from the capital Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar.

---------- S. Korean parties seek U.S., U.N., Afghan help to save hostages

SEOUL - South Korea's pro-government and opposition parties implicitly called Wednesday for the U.S. and Afghan governments to release Taliban prisoners to save the lives of more than 20 South Koreans taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, in the wake of the executions of two of them.

''We politely appeal to the U.S. government and the United Nations to shift their stance and help prevent these imminent killings,'' the five major political parties, including the pro-government Uri Party and the main opposition Grand National Party, said in a joint statement reported by Yonhap News Agency.

---------- Myanmar names ambassador to N. Korea

YANGON - Myanmar's junta on Wednesday named its ambassador to North Korea following the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries earlier this year, a state-run newspaper reported.

The ruling military council appointed its current ambassador to China, Thein Lwin, to serve concurrently as ambassador to North Korea, a brief report in the New Light of Myanmar daily said.

---------- Japan, India foreign ministers lay groundwork for Abe's India trip

MANILA - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee met Wednesday to lay the groundwork for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned trip to India later this month in view of strengthening the bilateral strategic partnership, a Japanese official said.

In their talks in Manila, held on the sidelines of a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings, the two ministers also discussed climate change, the official said.

---------- Powerful typhoon to approach Kyushu on Thursday

TOKYO - A powerful typhoon was traveling over waters to the south of Japan on Wednesday and is expected to approach the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan and other western parts of the country between Thursday and Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency warned of high winds and possible landslides as heavy rain may hit some parts on the Pacific side of the archipelago.
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