June 1 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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President-Mamnoon-Hussain
President-Mamnoon-Hussain

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said on Wednesday that there was no military solution to the problem in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for political dialogue to resolve the issue.

President-Mamnoon-Hussain
President-Mamnoon-Hussain
The comments came amid increased violence in Afghanistan after the Taliban refused to join the peace talks and launched their annual fighting season last month. (Paksitan-Afghanistan-Violence)
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KANCHANABURI, Thailand — More then 40 bodies of tiger cubs and a dead bear were found frozen at Thailand’s Tiger Temple, wildlife officials said on Wednesday.
The grisly discover came after the relocation of the remaining 137 tigers of the temple operated by at least 1,000 personnel at the remote forest temple in western Thailand since Monday. (Thailand-Temple-Tiger Cubs)
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TOKYO — Mitsubishi Materials Corp. agreed on Wednesday to compensate nearly 4,000 Chinese nationals for forcing them to work in labor camps during World War II, representatives from the company and groups representing the victims said.
The agreement negotiated between both sides marks an unprecedented number of people compensated by a Japanese company since the end of WWII at 3,765 Chinese nationals, and under the agreement Mitsubishi Materials said it would offer an official apology for its heinous actions and compensate each victim 100,000 yuan (15,000 U.S. dollars). (Japan-China-Forecd Laborers)
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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday announced he will delay an already controversial planned tax hike further from April 2017 to October 2019 in a surefire sign that his once-revered “Abenomics” blend of economic policies has failed to breathe life into Japan’s ailing economy.
Speaking at a televised press conference, the Japanese leader said that the delay was “essential to support not just Japanese growth, but global growth” and that some of his decision making was made following the outcome of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit he hosted here last week. (Japan-Sales Tax Hike-Delay) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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