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Trump: Summit ended North Korea threat

SEOUL: US President Donald Trump arrived home yesterday, insisting his historic summit with Kim Jong Un had ended North Korea’s nuclear threat and the world could sleep safer. “There is…

Preach! Indonesia’s got Ramadan talent

JAKARTA: It’s a make or break moment for Indonesian high schooler Puteri Ara and her hijab-clad friends as they rap about religious tolerance to a cheering TV studio audience. Can they…

Trump-Kim historic summit ends with ‘promises and concessions’

SINGAPORE: Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a largely symbolic summit yesterday, and the US president offered an unexpected concession to the North, saying he would…

Kim and Trump reach hands across history

SINGAPORE: Steadily, almost warily, the two leaders approached each other on a colonnaded verandah, their hands outstretched as a gaggle of media watched from a platform and the rest of…

Nobel in the offing for Trump, Kim?

OSLO: Could their historic Singapore summit earn Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un a Nobel Peace Prize? Maybe, but it’s still early days, say experts. The US president and the…

Chinese businesses still wary on N Korea

DANDONG: Property speculators in China may be betting that yesterday’s US-North Korea summit is poised to unlock riches across the border but Chinese construction machinery dealer Wang Chenglin is far…

Tourism keeps Vietnam’s ancient water puppets afloat

HANOI: In a darkened theatre in central Hanoi, a wooden dragon emerges from a pool to the sound of cymbals crashing in a traditional water puppet show that lures hundreds…

Vietnam lawmakers approve cyber law clamping down on tech firms, dissent

HANOI: Vietnamese legislators approved a cybersecurity law yesterday that tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country, raising fears of economic harm and a…

Malaysia wants to be friendly, not indebted, to China: Mahathir

TOKYO: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday his country will remain friendly with China, which invested billions of dollars during the previous Najib Razak government, but will not be…

As G7 feuds, Xi, Putin play up SCO

  QINGDAO, China: The leaders of China and Russia yesterday praised the expansion of their regional security bloc at a summit which put on a show of unity in stark…

Duterte stirs controversy by kissing woman

MANILA: A kiss by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on a Filipino woman’s lips while on an official visit in South Korea sparked anger and jokes yesterday, as feminists denounced what…

US urges China to account for ‘ghosts’ of Tiananmen

BEIJING/HONG KONG: The United States urges China to make a full public account of those killed, detained or who went missing during a crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in and…

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