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Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Fake stories dressed up as fact can go viral overnight KUALA LUMPUR: Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and…

Confusion and blame game fueling vaccine scandal in Philippines

IMUS: Melinda Colite shakes with rage as she clutches a photo of her grandson, who she says died after getting the anti-dengue fever vaccine at the heart of a bitter…

Rights groups fume; Philippines detains an Australian nun

MANILA: Philippine authorities detained an elderly Australian Catholic nun overnight in what civil rights groups alleged yesterday was a crackdown on foreign critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights record.…

‘I almost died’: abused Filipino women hoping on divorce law

MANILA: Although her husband nearly killed her, Krista Dador cannot get a divorce as the Philippines is one of only two states – along with the Vatican – without a…

China’s economy slows in first quarter

US trade frictions threatening to further hobble growth BEIJING: China’s economy slowed slightly in the first quarter as the government battles debt and financial risk, with US trade frictions threatening…

Indonesia’s Aceh to stop whipping criminals in public

BANDA ACEH: Indonesia’s Aceh province will stop whipping criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said yesterday. The conservative region on Sumatra island-the…

Kim makes official mention of talks

The first between a sitting US president and a N Korean leader SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has acknowledged the prospect of talks with the US, state media…

‘Duterte did not buy data’

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s election victory in 2016 did not rely on information bought from anybody and his campaign team did not hire political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, his spokesman…

Churches shut in China

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have torn down “two or three” crosses adorning Christian churches in one county because they were “illegally built”, state media quoted an official as saying yesterday. The…

S Korea’s Park jailed for 24 years for corruption

Guilty on multiple criminal charges, including bribery SEOUL: South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday for corruption, completing a dramatic fall from grace for…

Philippines’ Duterte to take Rohingya refugees

Duterte withdraws from International Criminal Court MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday “genocide” was taking place in Myanmar and he was willing to accept Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from…

Philippines to shut holiday hotspot Boracay

Boracay drew 2m tourists; generated $1bn in2017 MANILA: A decision by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to shut the holiday hotspot of Boracay, which he has called a “cesspool”, prompted airlines…

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