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Chinese eateries hold dog meat festival amid outcry – International agencies deem event cruel and cultureless

Cybertheft adds to US-China tensions ahead of talks

MERS sparks mask rush in Asia, but are they effective?

Muslims worldwide mark the start of Ramadan – Month of prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts

Rohingya praying for a peaceful Ramadan – Migrants happy to spend month in Muslim country

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia: Muhammad Yunus came ashore in Indonesia by accident after a harrowing boat journey-but he and hundreds of other Rohingya migrants are delighted to be spending Islam’s holiest…

Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing-backed election plan – Reform package derided as ‘fake democracy’

HONG KONG: Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday rejected a Beijing-backed electoral reform package derided as “fake democracy” during mass protests last year, leaving the city in deadlock over how its leader…

China restricts Ramadan fasting in western region – Officials blaming ‘religious extremism’ for violence

Japan’s humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ set to hit stores

TOKYO: Japan’s SoftBank said yesterday that its chatty humanoid robot Pepper would go on sale this weekend, as it announced a deal with China’s biggest ecommerce website Alibaba and a…

Political showdown in Hong Kong – Tensions high; Police deployed inside legislative complex

South Korea reports 20th MERS death

SEOUL: South Korea yesterday announced its 20th death from the MERS virus as criticism grew of efforts to contain the outbreak, with alarming reports of new cases slipping through a…

Indonesia evacuates more villages from volcano area

TANAH KARO: Authorities in western Indonesia yesterday evacuated hundreds of villagers living near a volcano that is spewing hot ash down its slopes almost daily. Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said…

Amid ‘excessive’ public alarm, Seoul reports 16th MERS death – More than 2,000 schools reopen as outbreak slows