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US ‘ready’ to talk to North Korea

Secretary of State says no pre-conditions: ‘Let’s just meet’ – North Korea vows to develop more nuclear weapons WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks…

Philippines MPs back president on martial law

MANILA: Philippine lawmakers yesterday overwhelmingly backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to extend martial law for all of next year in Mindanao, an island he called a “flashpoint for trouble” and…

Forced labor from Philippines uncovered

NEW YORK: US authorities have accused two men in New York of recruiting immigrants from the Philippines to work for little or no pay at an historic catering hall in…

New $100 bill ‘supernote’ found

SEOUL: A new high-quality counterfeit $100 bill has been found in South Korea, bank officials said yesterday, prompting suggestions the sanctions-hit North might have resumed forging “supernotes”. A team of…

Indonesia arrests 13 in pre-Christmas terror sweep

Indonesian authorities beef up security- Hardline Muslim groups burn US and Israeli flags JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said yesterday, as…

US, South Korea and Japan kick off missile-tracking drill, irking China

North Korea threats spark South Korea arms sales   SEOUL: The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises yesterday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned…

China criticizes India over crashed drone on border

BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India yesterday over the recent crash of an Indian drone in Chinese territory, an incident that could cause more friction along their disputed border.…

B-1B bomber joins US-South Korea military drill as tensions escalate

Drills ‘pushing peninsula to brink of nuclear war’ – N Korea fumes, threatens US and it allies SEOUL: A US B-1B bomber yesterday joined large-scale US-South Korean military exercises that…

Indonesia’s selfie-snapping monkey named ‘Person of the Year’

An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie-and sparked a landmark US copyright case was named “Person of the Year” yesterday by the animal rights…

Cathay flight crew ‘saw’ N Korea missile re-enter the atmosphere

More ‘ghost boats,’ bodies wash up on Japan’s shores   SEOUL: An airplane crew flying over Japan saw North Korea’s missile as it plunged back through the atmosphere last week,…

Xi welcomes countries to ride fast train of internet, digital economy

Call to build a community of common future in cyberspace WUZHEN, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping said China hopes to encourage countries around the world to take a ride on…

N Koreans face Mongolia exit as UN sanctions bite

ULAANBAATAR: North Koreans have toiled and slept at construction sites in Mongolia, they have operated cashmere sewing machines, and their acupuncture skills are highly prized in one of the few…

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