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Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50

MANILA: Rescuers yesterday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50. The bodies were…

Thai crackdown on illegal fishing threatens industry – 5,000 fishing boats stop operations

BANGKOK: Around 5,000 Thai fishing boats have stopped operating out of fear they will be prosecuted over new rules, a fisheries body said yesterday, as authorities crackdown to avoid a…

38 dead, more missing as Philippine ferry capsizes

Indonesia plane crash toll rises to 142

MEDAN, Indonesia: The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane into a city neighbourhood rose to 142 yesterday, amid claims civilians had paid for flights on…

Ghost schools window into China one-child future

RUDONG, China: Rusty padlocks seal empty classrooms and blank graduation certificates litter a dusty, silent school corridor in Rudong, a haunting glimpse of China’s ageing future in a town which…

116 perish as Indonesia military plane crashes

2 dead after man immolates self on Japanese bullet train

ODAWARA: A man riding a Japanese high-speed bullet train set himself on fire yesterday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said. At…

China’s Great Wall is disappearing

Witnesses detail ‘hell’ of Taiwan water park blast – More than 500 injured in horrifying inferno

Xinjiang attack leaves 18 dead

BEIJING: Ethnic Uighurs attacked police with knives and bombs at a traffic checkpoint in China’s far western Xinjiang region, Radio Free Asia reported yesterday, and at least 18 people were…

With more MERS cases, S Korea says outbreak at crossroads

Samsung heir apologizes over South Korea MERS outbreak – Three more new case reported in Seoul

SEOUL: The heir to South Korean business giant Samsung yesterday publicly bowed his head in apology for one of its flagship hospitals becoming an epicentre of the MERS virus, as…