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Typhoon Yutu hits Philippines

MANILA: Typhoon Yutu slammed into the Philippines yesterday with fierce winds that sheared off roofs and snapped trees, after thousands were evacuated ahead of the powerful storm’s arrival. Cutting a…

New Indonesian plane with 189 on board falls out of clear skies

No sign of survivors – Pilot had asked to return to Jakarta – Amir sends condolences JAKARTA: All 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were…

Traffic saved man from doomed Lion Air flight

JAKARTA: An Indonesian man has described how Jakarta’s notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life yesterday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into…

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 189 passengers, crew

JAKARTA: A brand new Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea today, officials said, as the carrier acknowledged that the jet had previously been…

Indonesia’s earthquake-tsunami battered city faces health crisis

Torrential rains threaten to spread malaria, dengue fever JAKARTA: Indonesia’s quake-tsunami battered city of Palu is facing a public health crisis as torrential rains threaten to spread malaria and dengue…

Inside China internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks

Camps hold a million ethnic Uighurs, Muslim minorities BEIJING: On state television, the vocational education centre in China’s far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin,…

Philippines to reopen Boracay after cleanup

MANILA: The Philippines reopens its crown jewel resort island Boracay to holidaymakers tomorrow, after a six-month clean up aimed at repairing the damage inflicted by years of unrestrained mass tourism.…

Indonesia disaster ‘punishment for gay activities’

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s opposition leader said yesterday a quake-tsunami that killed thousands in neighboring Indonesia was “punishment from Allah” for the activities of gay people, sparking a storm of criticism.…

Outrage as Manila probes ‘massacre’

MANILA: Philippine authorities said yesterday they have launched a probe into the mass slaying of nine farmers gunned down after taking over part of a sugar plantation to grow food…

Me and my shadow: ‘spycam’ epidemic rocks South Korea

Spy camera phenomenon hits epidemic proportions SEOUL: South Korea is in the grip of a ‘spycam’ epidemic, with covert footage of sex, nudity and urination posted online in what amounts…

Thailand immigrant crackdown targeting ‘dark-skinned people’

Operation ‘X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ sparks fear BANGKOK: Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner” has raised questions about racial profiling…

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan’s independence vote

TAIPEI: Tens of thousands of Taiwan independence campaigners took to the streets yesterday for a major rally that is a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island’s already…