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S Korea reports 15th MERS death, seven new cases

SEOUL: South Korea yesterday reported its 15th death from the MERS virus as the growing outbreak that has now infected 145 forced one of the nation’s biggest hospitals to suspend…

Pro-democracy groups rally as key vote looms – Political reform package has divided the city

Indonesia wants answers from Australia on boat ‘payment’

JAKARTA: Indonesia's foreign minister yesterday demanded answers from Canberra over claims Australian officials paid thousands of dollars to turn a boat back to Indonesia after Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused…

Westerners jailed for naked pictures on Malaysia peak – ‘Behavior was disrespectful to mountain’

KUALA LUMPUR: Four Westerners who posed naked on Malaysia's highest peak were sentenced yesterday to three days in jail and fined for obscene behavior in a public place, news reports…

Nudity causing earthquake? – Malaysia detains Western tourists over nude pix

Philippines’ poorest cling to wretched hospital deathbeds – Treated tens of thousands of patients for free since 1945

MANILA: Paraplegic Venerando Acabal wriggles on a rust-eaten bed to soothe painful bed sores, in misery but also fearful that privatisation plans for the Philippines' only bone hospital will rob…

Heartache for Japan’s real-life 40-year-old virgins

TOKYO: Takashi Sakai is a healthy 41-year-old heterosexual man with a good job and a charming smile. But he’s never had sex, one of a growing number of middle-aged Japanese…

South Korea reports sixth MERS death

G7 summit opens with tough line on Ukraine – Greek drama also looms over meeting

Death toll in Yangtze River hits nearly 400 – Disaster teams hunt for dozens of missing bodies

S Korea MERS virus cases reach 50 people – Husband and wife released from hospital

Agony for relatives, hopes end in China ship sinking – Boat raised to allow rescuers to search

JIANLI: Relatives of passengers missing after a Chinese cruise ship capsized expressed agony and anger yesterday after an official admitted there is no hope of finding more survivors, while cranes…