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China defends anti-extremism measures as scrutiny mounts

Beijing rolls out PR push on Muslim internments BEIJING: China yesterday issued an ardent defense of the alleged mass internment of minorities in its far west Xinjiang region, with a…

Filipinos deeply conflicted on Duterte drug war

  MANILA: Jailed drug user Bitoy Paras perks up when describing his support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on narcotics, an unlikely fan of a campaign that has…

Defying China, Malaysia releases Uighur detainees

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has freed from detention 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak last year, and sent them to Turkey, their…

Indonesia calls off grim search for the dead in quake-tsunami

5,000 bodies ‘still buried under the ruins’ PALU: Indonesia yesterday called off the grim search for those killed in a quake-tsunami, with no hope of retrieving around 5,000 bodies believed…

China launches anti-halal drive, regulates Uighur reeducation camps

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a…

Five men and the sea: Marlin sinks Filipino fishing boat

MANILA: It reads like a modern day take on ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ – five Filipino fishermen cast adrift for days on a makeshift raft after a huge…

Duterte tests ‘negative’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday that recent cancer tests came back negative, just days after sparking speculation when he revealed doctors were checking him for the disease. Duterte, 73,…

Indonesia death toll nears 2,000

PALU: Nearly 2,000 bodies have been recovered from Indonesia’s disaster-ravaged Palu city, an official said yesterday, as the search for victims ended at a hotel destroyed in the powerful earthquake…

Indonesia’s disaster agency recovers 1,763 bodies

5,000 missing in quake neighborhoods PALU: The number of people believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Palu city has soared to 5,000, an official said yesterday,…

China tight-lipped as Interpol chief Meng disappears

BEIJING: China remained silent yesterday over the disappearance of the head of Interpol, deepening the mystery over the international police chief’s fate after reports said he was detained for questioning…

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

SAN ANTONIO: Japanese troops stormed a beach in the Philippines yesterday in joint exercises with US and Filipino troops that officials said marked the first time Tokyo’s armored vehicles rolled…

Russia spy saga shows darker side of Dutch ‘city of peace and Justice’

THE HAGUE: The Hague brands itself as the “City of Peace and Justice”, but this week the stately seat of the Dutch government also revealed a darker side with the…

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