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Five dead, dozens hurt in Indonesia quake

LAMPAHAN, Indonesia: A powerful earthquake in  Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides yesterday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered…

Kerry raises Snowden issue with Russian FM at ASEAN – N Korea under fire at Asia security forum

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei: US Secretary of State John Kerry said he raised the sensitive issue of secrets leaker Edward Snowden in talks with his counterpart from Russia, where the…

Snowden seeking asylum in Russia

MOSCOW: US leaker Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia and President Vladimir Putin said yesterday he was welcome to stay as long as he stopped leaking US intelligence…

Police battle protesters in Philippines slum riot

MANILA: Philippine slum dwellers hurling rocks, improvised explosives and human excrement fought running battles with riot police yesterday around a sprawling Manila shanty town that is set for redevelopment. Police…

Philippine storm spares capital but strands many

MANILA: A tropical storm shifted and spared the Philippine capital yesterday but stranded thousands of commuters, toppled trees and knocked out power in outlying provinces. Forecasters had predicted that Tropical…

ASEAN pins hopes on of North Korea talks – Pyongyang’s nuke stance takes center-stage at summit

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei: Southeast Asia's top diplomats have not abandoned hope that this week's annual Asian security summit will provide a chance for North Korea and its neighbors to…

China boosts security in Xinjiang

BEIJING: Chinese paramilitary troops began round-the-clock patrols yesterday in the country's northwestern region of Xinjiang following a series of bloody clashes that have killed at least 56 people over the…

China’s entrepreneurs brace for credit crunch – First shock wave from Beiijing’s clampdown on credit

BEIJING: Like a boxer slimming down for a fight, Li Zhongjian is shrinking his 20-year-old business manufacturing cigarette lighters to brace for a credit crunch he sees looming over China's…

N Korea likely to get a cold shoulder at the Asia forum – Pyongyang keen on opening up talks

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: A regional security summit in this tiny Southeast Asian sultanate is the sort of venue where North Korea has often managed to open up sideline discussions with…

US trains Philippines on how to use drones

CAVITE CITY, Philippines: US troops trained their Philippine counterparts how to use surveillance drones yesterday, as Manila seeks to boost military ties with Washington and counter what it perceives as…

Police block site of deadly China Xinjiang riot

TURPAN: Armed police in China’s ethnically divided Xinjiang blocked the road yesterday to the site of riots that left 27 people dead a day earlier, in the restive region’s deadliest…

Chinese workers holding US boss say wages unpaid

BEIJING: Chinese workers keeping an American executive confined to his Beijing medical supply factory said yesterday that they had not been paid in two months in a compensation dispute that…