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Outcry at Philippine ban on religious distractions

MANILA: Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons off car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church which insists they offer divine intervention…

Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia yesterday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation’s foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The…

Bomb strikes Thai army hospital

Low intensity bomb injures 21 BANGKOK: A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital yesterday and wounded 21 people-one seriously-three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in…

China retailer announces one-ton delivery drones

BEIJING: China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans yesterday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test…

North Korea fires another ballistic missile

US stress ‘ironclad commitment’ to defend allies SEOUL: North Korea yesterday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of…

Beijing denies US allegations

BEIJING: China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets acted unprofessionally in intercepting an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance…

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

HONG KONG: Divided by age, wealth and politics, the people of Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its transfer from Britain back to China with contrasting emotions: anger…

Philippines’ Duterte warns of thousands more drug killings

Philippines to refuse European Union grants MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday he wanted to behead opponents of his drug war and warned 50,000 people could die in the…

Taiwan man arrested over public beheading of sister

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese man was arrested yesterday for decapitating his sister in front of horrified neighbors, a week after another killer was jailed for beheading a three-year-old girl in the…

Shariah court punishes gay couple with caning

BANDA ACEH: An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country’s moderate image after…

Japan’s Princess to marry her ocean-loving legal assistant

TOKYO: Princess Mako, the granddaughter of Japan’s emperor, will marry an ocean-loving legal assistant who can ski, play the violin and cook. Japanese nuptials tend to be highly ritualized, especially…

Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia: A conservation group is asking the public to name a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers on Borneo island last month, hoping it will become a…

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