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Indonesia’s bid to root out Islamists throws spotlight on universities

NUSA DUA: When students at Indonesia’s prestigious Institute of Agricultural Studies swore an oath to support a caliphate in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country last year, a video of the…

Japan ‘Black Widow’ sentenced to death

TOKYO: A one-time millionairess dubbed the “Black Widow”, who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and then pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance, was sentenced to death in Japan…

China detains N Koreans amid possible defector crackdown

Group detained in Shenyang, trying to defect to S Korea SEOUL: Ten North Koreans, including a three-year-old child, have been detained in China, where they face being deported back to…

US, Japan stand against North Korean ‘menace’

Japan would shoot N Korea missiles ‘out of the sky’   TOKYO: US President Donald Trump said yesterday that America stood with close ally Japan against the North Korean “menace”…

Thou shalt not kill: Philippine bishops’ ‘prayer campaign’

MANILA: A top Catholic archbishop yesterday called for Filipinos to choose peace over violence and end a spate of drug-related killings that have divided the nation. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president…

Floods swamp Vietnam as typhoon death toll hits 27

Two dead, thousands flee as floods hit Malaysia’s Penang HUE: Floods inundated swathes of central and southern Vietnam yesterday in the wake of a typhoon that left at least 27…

Central Asia terror suspects, attackers radicalized abroad

BISHKEK: When Sayfullo Saipov used a truck to mow people down on a New York street, ultimately killing eight according to terror charges, he guaranteed his former homeland Uzbekistan would…

Facing tumult at home, Trump sets out on lengthy Asian trip

12-day, 5-country trip, the longest Far East itinerary   HONOLULU: On his most grueling and consequential trip abroad, President Donald Trump stands ready to exhort Asian allies and rivals on…

Century-old Balfour declaration hardens Israeli-Palestinian rift

Israelis celebrate it, Palestinians despise it   JERUSALEM: Israelis celebrate it. Palestinians despise it. The Balfour Declaration, Britain’s promise to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now…

Nine headless bodies found in Tokyo flat

ZAMA, Japan: Japanese police have found nine mutilated bodies hidden in containers with their heads cut off and flesh stripped in a suburban Tokyo flat, media reported yesterday. Tokyo police…

China, South Korea mend ties after THAAD standoff

Installation of the US THAAD system angered China   SEOUL: Seoul and Beijing yesterday agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a US anti-missile system in…

China mulls jail terms for disrespecting flag and national anthem

BEIJING: China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament is considering jail terms of up to three years for people who disrespect the national anthem or flag in public, while an existing anthem law…