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ICC weighs complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

Critics say Duterte guilty of crimes against humanity MANILA: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President…

Rescuers scour tilting buildings after Taiwan quake

HUALIEN, Taiwan: Rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city of Hualien yesterday after an overnight earthquake killed at least seven people, injured more…

North Korea leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong to visit S Korea

Kim Yo Jong to make her debut on the world stage SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 28-year-old sister will make her debut on the world stage when she…

Philippines crushes sports, luxury cars in graft warning

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte watched bulldozers flatten dozens of sports cars and other luxury vehicles yesterday as part of a drive to fight corruption at the country’s customs bureau.…

Nightfall in Philippine slum revives specter of deaths in drugs war

MANILA: As night falls in Manila, the Philippine capital, few of the 700 families living in the sprawling portside shanty town known as Market 3 dare to venture out of…

Indonesian police quiz officers over transgender case

BANDA ACEH: Indonesian police said yesterday they would press ahead with an investigation into officers accused of publicly shaming transgender people in conservative Aceh province despite an angry protest against…

Nepal losing out to China; Everest operators cross the mountain

KATHMANDU: Poor regulation and overcrowding are pushing Everest climbers away from Nepal to China, which is investing millions to boost a rival path to the top of the world. Veteran…

WWII bomb defused in HK after thousands evacuated

4,000 people evacuated, ferry services suspended HONG KONG: A wartime bomb was defused in Hong Kong yesterday after forcing a busy commercial district into lockdown, with roads closed and thousands…

Indonesia traffickers sell crocs, pythons on social media

JAKARTA: A group of suspected animal traffickers have been arrested in Indonesia for selling crocodiles, pythons and other protected species through Facebook and the messaging service WhatsApp, police said yesterday.…

Female flight crews ordered to wear hijab

BANDA ACEH: An Indonesian province said yesterday it is ordering Muslim female flight attendants landing in the region to don a hijab upon arrival-or face punishment by religious police. Muslim…

60,000 North Korea children face starvation as sanctions slow aid

UNICEF warns of severe acute malnutrition GENEVA: An estimated 60,000 children face potential starvation in North Korea, where international sanctions are exacerbating the situation by slowing aid deliveries, the United…

Singapore durian-themed café smells winning combination

A Singapore eatery centered around the pungent tropical fruit durian has caught a whiff of success as patrons flock to the cafe in droves for a bite of its exotic…