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Mahathir’s shock election victory raises populist economics specter

Mahathir surprisingly beats Najib in Malaysian election   HONG KONG: Mahathir Mohamad’s shock Malaysian election win has raised concerns his populist promises could undermine economic prospects at an increasingly challenging…

Philippine economic growth surges, central bank hikes rates

MANILA: The Philippine economy was one of Asia’s best performers in the first quarter of 2018, data showed yesterday, but concerns over inflation pushed the central bank to lift interest…

Islamist prisoners kill five Indonesian police

One inmate also killed; Jail holds 130 convicted terrorists DEPOK: Islamist militant prisoners have killed five members of an elite Indonesian counter-terrorism force at a high-security jail and were holding…

North and S Korea dismantle border speakers, fulfilling ‘summit pledge’

UN chief asked to verify test site shutdown   SEOUL: North and South Korea began dismantling loudspeakers that blared propaganda across their heavily fortified border yesterday, South Korea’s defense ministry…

Malaysia convicts first person under the fake news law

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court yesterday handed a Danish man a one-week jail term for breaking a law against “fake news”, the first person to be punished under the controversial…

Indonesian jailed for post ‘insulting Islam’

JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years yesterday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country’s controversial electronic information law.…

South Korean ‘trust’ in North jumps after feel-good summit

Poll shows most S Koreans believe North will denuclearize SEOUL: South Korean trust in North Korea has surged since last week’s feel-good summit at which their leaders declared an end…

N Korea offers to shut nuke test site

Trump presses for full denuclearization SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country closes its…

Outrage as WWII sex slave memorial removed in Manila

MANILA: Advocacy groups voiced outrage yesterday after a memorial to women forced to work as sex slaves to Japanese soldiers during World War II was taken down in Manila. City…

From dead voters to blackouts: Malaysia braces for ‘filthy’ poll

Malaysian activists gear up to battle widespread cheating   KUALA LUMPUR: “Phantom” voters, electoral roll tampering, mysterious power blackouts during recounts-Malaysian activists are gearing up to battle widespread cheating at…

Duterte urges all Filipinos in Kuwait to return home

SINGAPORE/KUWAIT: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called on the 260,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait – most of them employed as domestic helpers – to return home, saying the state apparently did…

Xi, Modi seek new relations after summit

WUHAN, China: The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship yesterday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch…