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THE PHILIPPINES – City under siege

THE PHILIPPINES – City under siege

MARAWI — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched “precision attacks” Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia’s most-wanted militants. Rebels have torn through the streets of Marawi since Tuesday night, torching […]

Trump fears ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

Trump fears ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has said he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a “major, major conflict” is possible. In an interview with Reuters, he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loved his country. Mr Trump also said […]

Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

KATHMANDU – A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in Nepal’s Dhading district. The body of his companion, 19-year-old Liu Chen […]

Thai man kills self, baby, on Facebook Live

Thai man kills self, baby, on Facebook Live

PHUKET – A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the “appalling” incident […]

North Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes

North Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes

SEOUL – North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a US aircraft carrier strike […]

Pakistani PM survives corruption allegations

Pakistani PM survives corruption allegations

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif survived a Supreme Court ruling Thursday over corruption allegations that could have seen him ousted from office. The five-judge panel, formed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in November 2016 to investigate Sharif, delivered its ruling after two months of deliberation. Rather than finding for or against Sharif, the panel […]

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 […]

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