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INDONESIA – Man’s body found in snake

INDONESIA – Man’s body found in snake

JAKARTA –– A missing Indonesian man was found dead inside the body of a python, according to local police. Akbar went missing on Sunday on the island of Sulawesi, after leaving to harvest palm oil. In the search for the 25-year-old, police told BBC Indonesian that they had found a huge snake they suspected had […]

NORTH KOREA – I’m alive

NORTH KOREA – I’m alive

SEOUL –– A man claiming to be the son of the slain, estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader said he was lying low with his mother and sister, in a video posted online by a group that said it helped rescue them following the murder a month ago. The governments of the Netherlands, China, the United […]

North Korea’s missile programme evolving

North Korea’s missile programme evolving

PYONYANG – Quicker. Smarter. More dangerous. North Korea’s missile program is evolving, experts say, as the country develops and produces missiles at a faster rate, and deploys them in ways which potentially help evade new and existing defenses. “They did a launch a month ago, they’re now launching [more] in 30 days, that’s a third […]

Concern about new child marriage law in Bangladesh

Concern about new child marriage law in Bangladesh

DHAKA –– Girls under the age of 18 can be married off by their parents in undefined special circumstances under a new Bangladesh law passed this week. The Bangladesh Parliament approved the new legislation by a voice vote Monday. It allows exceptions to the minimum marriage age, currently set at 18 for women and 21 […]

PAKISTAN – IS attack Sufi shrine: over 60 dead, 250 injured

PAKISTAN – IS attack Sufi shrine: over 60 dead, 250 injured

ISLAMABAD – At least 60 people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday at Pakistan’s packed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province, a police official said. As many as 250 others were injured, according to Khadim Hussain Rind, the Hyderabad Police inspector general. The Islamic State Khorasan, ISIS’ […]

TAIWAN – At least 32 dead, in tour bus crash

TAIWAN – At least 32 dead, in tour bus crash

TAIPEI – At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus crashed near Taipei on Monday night, with television footage showing the bus careening toward a road barrier before flipping on its side. Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department […]

Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country “with immediate effect”. The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine’s Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be […]

Japan, US condemn North Korea’s missile launch

Japan, US condemn North Korea’s missile launch

The United States and Japan held a joint press conference on Saturday night following reports that North Korea fired a ballistic missile in what would be its first such test of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch calling it, “absolutely intolerable.” President Donald Trump assured Japan that the […]

PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

MANILA  –– A presidential intervention to provide free contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic Philippines looked set to face hurdles, with conservatives and church leaders preparing possible challenges. Access to artificial birth control methods is difficult in the country of over 100 million people despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 because of a […]

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