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That’s what Xi said: South Korea outrage over Trump’s comment

SEOUL: Buffeted by the currents of diplomacy, South Korea is sometimes described as a “shrimp between two whales”, and US president Donald Trump has touched nerves with remarks that the…

Philippine defense chief visits disputed Spratly island

PAG-ASA, Philippines: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island yesterday, brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to…

IS linked Abu Sayyaf with US bounty wants to surrender

MANILA: An elderly, one-armed leader of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group has indicated via an emissary that he wants to surrender to the Philippine authorities and is tired of…

US VP Pence tours Indonesian mosque in outreach to Muslims

Pence: ‘Religion unifies, it doesn’t divide’ JAKARTA:  US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday toured the biggest mosque in Muslim-majority Indonesia during a visit seen as a highly symbolic gesture from…

Philippine leader may launch ‘invasion’ of Sayyaf’s island

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned yesterday he might “invade” an island stronghold of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following a thwarted attempt by the group…

Sulphur-powered shipworm unearthed in Philippines

MANILA: An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists…

‘Dirty’ Jakarta election looms; religious politics resurfaces

JAKARTA: Luar Batang is one of the Indonesian capital’s oldest neighborhoods, founded in the 17th century to collect tolls from ships sailing in from the Java Sea when the city…

At least 26 die as bus plunges into ravine

MANILA: At least 26 people were killed and 21 injured when a passenger bus crashed into a deep ravine in the mountainous northern Philippines yesterday, authorities said. The bus plunged…

Police thwart plan by hardline Muslims to guard poll stations

Vote for Jakarta governor stokes religious tensions JAKARTA: Indonesian police yesterday blocked plans by hardline Islamist groups to guard polling booths during today’s vote for Jakarta governor, citing the potential…

Philippines says Islamists beheaded Filipino captive

MANILA: The Philippine army said Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants have beheaded one of four Filipino fishermen they took captive in December. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, military commander on the…

Philippines foils attack by IS-linked extremists

Army detects, thwarts kidnapping plot MANILA: A foiled attack on a central Philippine resort island this week was a kidnapping and bombing mission by at least three extremist groups affiliated…

US assessing military options; North Korea Nuke test looms

PYONGYANG: North Korea denounced the United States yesterday for bringing “huge nuclear strategic assets” to the Korean peninsula as a US aircraft carrier group headed for the region amid concerns…

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