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Thailand pet shop owner caught with rare lions

BANGKOK: A pet shop owner was arrested after Thai police found hundreds of protected animals, including rare lions, in his warehouse near Bangkok, authorities said yesterday. Police Col Ek Ekasart…

Only 14 China H7N9 patients left in hospital

BEIJING: Only 14 patients from China’s H7N9 bird flu outbreak are still in hospital, national health authorities said in their latest update on the disease. A total of 131 confirmed…

Chinese Nobel winner’s brother-in-law jailed

HUAIROU: A Chinese court yesterday sentenced the brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud in a case that rights…

Rival Koreas hold first talks in 2 years

SEOUL: Government delegates from North and South Korea held a marathon session of preparatory talks yesterday at a “truce village” on their heavily armed border aimed at setting ground rules…

Bra ban ahead of crucial Chinese exam

BEIJING: More than nine million students packed exam halls across China for the opening day of the country’s university entrance exam yesterday - with attempts to stop cheating even leading…