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Indonesia mourns as quake death toll jumps to 832

PALU, Indonesia: The death toll from Indonesia‚Äôs quake and tsunami disaster nearly doubled to 832 yesterday and was expected to rise further, prompting authorities to announce mass burials in a…

Indonesians turn to Facebook in desperate search for loved ones

Distraught Indonesians in grim search for family members JAKARTA: Indonesians desperate to trace loved ones missing in the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi are turning to…

Hundreds killed as quake-tsunami hit Sulawesi; Amir sends condolences

PALU, Indonesia: Nearly 400 people were killed when a powerful quake sent a tsunami barrelling into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials said yesterday, as hospitals struggled to cope with…

Malaysian to be caned and jailed for prostitution

KUALA TERENGGANU: A Malaysian woman was sentenced yesterday to be caned and jailed for six months for prostitution in violation of Islamic laws, weeks after the flogging of two lesbians…

China fumes as US B-52s fly over disputed seas

Trump admits friendship with Xi could be over BEIJING: The Chinese defense ministry yesterday denounced flyovers by US B-52 bombers over the South China Sea and East China Sea as…

China executes man who stabbed nine children to death

BEIJING: A man whose brutal knife attack left nine schoolchildren dead and injured 12 others was executed in China yesterday. Zhao Zewei was sentenced to death in July for the…

Pope calls on China Catholics to reconcile after bishop deal

Vatican will ‘abandon’ Taiwan, Cardinal warns VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis called yesterday for all Chinese Catholics to reconcile, while admitting that a historic deal with Beijing on nominating bishops may…

Philippines arrests lawmaker fiercely critical of Duterte

MANILA: A Philippine lawmaker fiercely critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war was arrested yesterday on charges for which he had been granted amnesty, a move condemned by watchdogs as…

‘China’s big mistake’: Pakistanis lobby to free wives trapped in Xinjiang

BEIJING: Pakistani businessmen whose wives and children are trapped in China’s restive Xinjiang are travelling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation’s new government…

China shuts thousands of websites

SHANGHAI: China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against “harmful” online information, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, citing the…

Own up to mass Muslim detentions, Amnesty tells China

BEIJING: China must come clean about the fate of an estimated one million minority Muslims swept up in a “massive crackdown” in its far western region of Xinjiang, Amnesty International…

Hong Kong and Taiwan Catholics upbeat over Vatican-China deal

China’s Catholic Church pledges loyalty to Party HONG KONG: Worshippers at masses in Hong Kong and Taiwan were largely upbeat yesterday about a new deal between China and the Vatican,…