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North Korea gears up for anniversary celebration; Marking 70th anniversary of nation’s ruling party

Ferdinand: Filipinos do not care about father’s abuses

MANILA: The son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos said yesterday that Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father’s rule, angering activists who said he…

French PM jokes with robots during Japan visit

TOKYO: Robots have already begun taking the place of workers in a host of industries but how long before they replace politicians? That was the thorny philosophical question French Prime…

Australia shooting ‘an act of terrorism’: PM – ‘It was a cold-blooded murder, targeting NSW Police Service’

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday that a Sydney attack in which a 15-year-old gunman shot dead a civilian police employee appeared to have been an act of…

Japan PM new slogan stirs memories of wartime rhetoric

TOKYO: A new slogan adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meant to show that all Japanese will benefit from economic growth is raising eyebrows among those who see it…

Fresh blast rocks southern Chinese town: State media

BEIJING: A fresh explosion rocked a southern Chinese town yesterday, one day after 17 parcel bombs killed at least seven and wounded scores in the same district, state media reported.…

China buying Tibet’s loyalty, hopes to alter local minds – ‘The strategy for Tibet is now shifting from repression’

Man in Thailand hacks five children to death

BANGKOK: A man with a history of mental illness hacked five young children to death and stabbed a pregnant woman in a knife rampage in northern Thailand, police said yesterday.…

Malaysia again shuts schools as Indonesian smoke thickens

KUALA LUMPUR: Thick white smoke from Indonesian slash-and-burn farming enveloped Malaysia’s capital and other areas yesterday, triggering school closures for the following day as weeks of choking haze showed no…

Xi calls for less ‘suspicion’ in US-China ties ahead of talks – ‘Conflict would lead to worldwide disaster’

Dinner with ‘frenemies’: Tension on China menu – ‘Who wouldn’t want to be in the room?’

Three foreigners, local abducted from luxury resort in Philippine

MANILA: Gunmen kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian employee and a Filipina from a luxury resort island in the conflict-wracked southern Philippines, while other foreigners narrowly escaped, police said yesterday.…