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N Korea slams US ‘rapacious’ demands

PYONGYANG: North Korea slammed the United States for making “rapacious” demands during critical denuclearization talks yesterday, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier described them as “productive”. The…

A ferry runs aground off the coast of Indonesia

3 dozen dead in Indonesia ferry accident SELAYAR: Nearly three dozen people have died after a ferry ran aground off the coast of Indonesia, according to an updated official toll…

Rescuers weigh extraction; trapped Thai soccer team gets diving lessons

Video shows boys safe, in good spirits CHIANG RAI: Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving yesterday as part of complex preparations to extract…

Malaysia ex-leader charged with abuse of power, breach of trust

Former prime minister pleads not guilty KUALA LUMPUR: Just eight weeks after losing an election, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged yesterday with abuse of power and criminal…

Gunmen kill Philippine mayor in second murder in two days

MANILA: Motorcycle-borne gunmen yesterday assassinated a mayor in a town north of the Philippine capital, the second such killing of an official in two days, police said. Ferdinand Bote, 57,…

Philippine mayor who held drugs war ‘walk of shame’ shot dead

MANILA: A Philippine mayor who paraded suspected drug dealers through the streets was shot dead yesterday while attending a weekly flag-raising ceremony, police said. Mayor Antonio Cando Halili was hit…

Malaysian man marries 11 yr old Thai girl

KUALA LUMPUR: The marriage of a Malaysia man with a 11-year-old Thai girl in the Muslim majority country has sparked outrage with one activist yesterday labeling the groom a “child…

Media bootcamp is arming Filipinos to fight fake news

BALER: A room full of Filipino police and soldiers stares intently at headlines projected on a screen, the latest students of a media bootcamp aimed at fighting their nation’s flood…

Underwater rescue halted for children trapped in a Thai cave

MAE SAI: The underwater search for 12 children and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand was halted as water levels rose amid relentless rainfall yesterday. But…

Rescuers seek to drill hole in hunt for boys missing in Thai cave

CHIANG RAI, Thailand: Thai rescue workers will drill a narrow shaft into a cave where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach are believed to be trapped by flood waters, Thailand’s…

Ronaldo pics, ‘ghostly’ officials draw voters in Indonesia polls

JAKARTA: Tens of millions voted yesterday in local elections seen as a gauge of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s re-election prospects, with free food, football stars and fancy dress on offer…

Ten days after Trump-Kim summit hard work yet to begin

WASHINGTON: The landmark summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un ended with a pledge of “complete denuclearization,” but ten days on no timetable for action has emerged.…