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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…

Singapore bans foreign Islamic preachers on religious cruises

Preachers accused of promoting disharmony, segregation   SINGAPORE: Singapore has barred two foreign Islamic preachers from entering the country to preach during religious-themed sea cruises, the interior ministry said yesterday.…

Losses, looting as Filipinos return to Marawi city

MARAWI CITY: Khaliluddin Ismail returned home yesterday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he’s still smiling. “At least we have something…

Japan offers Philippines aid for fighting terrorism, rebuilding

Military campaign leaves over 1,100 fighters, civilians dead   TOKYO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won pledges from Japan of help with fighting terrorism and assistance in building the country’s crumbling…

PSG, Barcelona on verge of Champions League last 16

Man Utd among teams to book last-16 place PARIS: Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, five-time champions Barcelona and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are among the teams looking to book a Champions League…

US won’t accept a nuclear North Korea: Defense Secretary Mattis

SEOUL: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that he could not imagine United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, warning that it is rapidly advancing nuclear and missile…

Indonesia fireworks factory explosions kill 47, injure dozens

Police are investigating the cause of fire KOSAMBI, Indonesia: Two explosions and a fire at a fireworks factory in the western outskirts of Indonesia’s capital killed 47 people and injured…

Germany’s self-driving bus to shuttle Bavarian townsfolk

Deutsche Bahn unveils its first-ever driverless bus BAD BIRNBACH, Germany: German state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn unveiled its first-ever driverless bus yesterday, saying the shuttle will bring passengers through a…