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Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as the iconic market shuts

Rat exterminators block pipe and sewer exits TOKYO: The operation must be ruthless, thorough and silent. Without alerting the watchful enemy, a unit of highly trained Japanese agents will throw…

Muslim minority in China face ‘political indoctrination’

BEIJING: The Turkic mostly Muslim Uighur minority in China’s Xinjiang region face arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination” in a mass security crackdown, Human Rights…

China officials shut down largest ‘underground’ Protestant church

Latest move to ramp up control over religious worship BEIJING: Beijing officials have shut down one of China’s largest “underground” Protestant churches for operating without a license, the Communist government’s…

Pakistan official’s criticism of China’s ‘Silk Road’ projects raises worries

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani official’s critical comments about projects funded by China to the tune of billions of dollars rattled investors and sparked worries yesterday of a souring in ties, a…

At least 21 killed, scores injured in Indonesia tourists bus crash

Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines BANDUNG: At least 21 people died and several others were injured when a bus carrying domestic tourists crashed and plunged into a ravine on the…

Trump ups ante on China as trade war rages

US threatens to slap tariffs on nearly all Chinese imports ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE/WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned on Friday he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all…

Malaysia PM denounces caning of lesbian women

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday denounced the caning of two women convicted of having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, after the punishment sparked a…

US trade policy at a crossroads with Canada, China

Trump to impose new tariffs on China; rewrite NAFTA WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s trade policy faces a key crossroads yesterday, as officials try to reach a deal with Canada, and…

Indonesian province bans men and women from dining together

BANDA ACEH: A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, an official said yesterday, saying it…

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Western Japan battered by ferocious winds and lashing rain TOKYO: Japan scrambled yesterday to evacuate passengers trapped at a major airport when a tanker slammed into its only access bridge…

Strongest typhoon in 25 years hits Japan

Violent winds, rains kill six and injure many more TOKYO: The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years battered the west of the country yesterday with violent winds and…

Israeli president gives lecture to Duterte on Hitler

JERUSALEM: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave a brief lecture on Hitler to Rodrigo Duterte yesterday after the Philippine leader’s 2016 remarks comparing himself to the Nazi dictator who carried out…