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Malaysia arrests four linked to Islamic State cell in Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said yesterday they had arrested four people, among them three foreigners, with links to an Islamic State cell based out of the southern Philippines. Muslim-majority Malaysia…

Philippine President tames words for Miss Universe hopefuls

Delivers speech without sex jokes, expletives MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech without sex jokes and expletives yesterday, telling a gathering of Miss Universe contestants that he was…

Massive fire engulfs historic Jakarta market

JAKARTA: An enormous fire engulfed a historic market in the Indonesian capital Jakarta yesterday, with hundreds of firefighters deployed to battle a blaze that sent huge clouds of black smoke…

Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings

‘Church at forefront against extrajudicial killings’ MANILA: People going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight:…

Forever a mystery? MH370 search ends after 3 years

‘Search has not been able to locate the aircraft’ SYDNEY: The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended yesterday, possibly forever – not because investigators have run out…

Duterte orders troops to blast militants and their hostages

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at sea,…

Philippines’ Duterte threatens martial law

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose martial rule to prosecute his deadly war on drugs, three decades after the nation shed dictatorship with a famous “People Power”…

Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship ‘with slaughtered whale’

SYDNEY: A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo’s hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said yesterday.…

Japan PM offers drug war support to Philippines

‘Raised concerns of mass extrajudicial killings’ MANILA: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial drug war yesterday as the pair met in Manila for…

German hostage abducted in Philippines appears in video

MANILA: Philippine Islamic militants have released a video showing an elderly German sailor abducted at sea late last year is alive, according to a security group that monitors jihadist activity.…

Eight Philippine fishermen shot dead in piracy troubled waters

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Eight local fishermen have been found shot dead in their boat off the piracy-plagued southern Philippines, the military said yesterday. The outrigger boat was attacked in the Moro…

Bionic woman: Chinese robot turns on charm

SHANGHAI:  “Jia Jia” can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expressions when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labor in…

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