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Philippines war on drugs overcrowds jails

Philippines war on drugs overcrowds jails

MANILA – Jason Madarang, awaiting trial on a charge of drug use, is in a muggy, windowless cell in a Manila prison so overcrowded that inmates must sleep in halls and stairwells and share each toilet with 150 other men. But with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” raging beyond the walls of Quezon City […]

PHILIPPINES – Duterte lashes out after US halts rifle sale

PHILIPPINES – Duterte lashes out after US halts rifle sale

MANILA –– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead. Duterte’s tirades against the former colonial power are routine during his speeches and he […]

Thais to confirm crown prince

Thais to confirm crown prince

BANGKOK – Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on December 1, a senior source has told the BBC. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials. His father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s […]

China launches manned space mission

China launches manned space mission

BEIJING – China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on […]

Thai king dies

Thai king dies

BANGKOK –– Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances. He was seen as a stabilising figure in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple […]

PHILIPPINES – Duterte ‘happy to kill’

PHILIPPINES – Duterte ‘happy to kill’

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” three million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in […]

Witness: Philippine President ordered killings of 1,000

Witness: Philippine President ordered killings of 1,000

MANILA – A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country’s Senate on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. Edgar Matobato, 57, told the nationally televised Senate committee […]

China-UK nuclear deal a go

China-UK nuclear deal a go

LONDON – Britain’s new prime minister has given the green light to a controversial nuclear power plant financed by French and Chinese firms that had raised concerns over national security. Theresa May put the $24 billion Hinkley Point project under review in July, a surprise move that was one of her first official acts after […]

Taiwan battered

Taiwan battered

XIAMEN –– Typhoon Meranti struck China’s mainland after pounding Taiwan, making landfall early Thursday near Xiamen in Fujian Province, according to CNN meteorologists. The powerful storm first raked southern Taiwan, bringing winds of up to 230 miles per hour (370 kilometres per hour) –– faster than a Formula One race car –– at one point and […]

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