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Websites in Koreas shut down on war anniversary – South Korea issues cyber-attack alert

  SEOUL: Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours yesterday on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul…

Snowden arrives in Russia – US wants cooperation of countries where Snowden may go

MOSCOW: Former US spy Edward Snowden yesterday arrived in Russia from Hong Kong, reportedly on his way to Venezuela, escaping the clutches of US justice after leaking sensational details of…

Thailand ‘white mask’ protesters rally

BANGKOK: Hundreds of anti-government protesters- many wearing white masks-converged on Bangkok’s shopping district, Thai police said yesterday, in a reminder of the kingdom’s political divisions. The demonstration by the ‘V…

Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks – Multimillion-dollar stockpile eliminated

MANILA: The Philippines destroyed five tonnes of elephant tusks yesterday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world's worst hotspots for illegal African ivory…

I’m a lecher, not a crook: China sex tape official – Lei accused of accepting $500,000 in bribes

BEIJING: Call me a lecher but don’t call me a crook, an ex-city official at the heart of a sex tape scandal has said in his unusually spirited courtroom defense…

Blackened lives in Philippine charcoal field

MANILA: A sinewy man covered in thick soot stands in a grey cloud of smoke, watching over a slow-burning pile of wood that sustains his life but may also eventually…

Japan finds highly toxic strontium in Fukushima – Tepco says levels exceed legal limits

  TOKYO: High levels of a toxic substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that runs the facility…

Fake fingers help Japan’s ex-yakuza lead lawful life

TOKYO: Going straight after a lifetime spent as a member of Japan’s feared yakuza organised crime mobs poses a number of challenges. Chief among them is what to do about…

Squalid politics plumbs new depths Down Under – Host sacked for asking if PM’s partner is gay

SYDNEY: Mud-slinging is nothing new in politics, but a no-holds-barred election campaign in Australia has sunk standards to depths seldom seen before. After a week of headlines filled with sexual…

2 dead, dozens rescued as Philippine ferry sinks – 2 dead, 25 missing as India boat capsizes

MANILA/KOLKATA: Fishermen and rescue workers hauled dozens of people out of the sea after a ferry sank in the central Philippines yesterday, but at least two passengers drowned, authorities said.…

Secret program leaker Snowden goes dark in HK – Dad of Snowden’s girlfriend ‘shocked’

HONG KONG: The former CIA employee who suddenly burst into headlines around the globe by revealing himself as the source of top-secret leaks about US surveillance programs has just as…

Crackdown fills N Korean prisons with defectors

SEOUL: North Korea’s prison population has swelled with those caught fleeing the country under a crackdown on defections by young leader Kim Jong Un, according to defectors living in South…