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Generation gap: South Koreans fear, welcome and ignore North Koreans

Pyongyang is the ‘world’s best liar’ SEOUL: In the freewheeling democracy of South Korea, views of the authoritarian North, the prospects for reunification, and today’s summit between President Moon Jae-in…

‘Maximum security;’ Philippines readies Boracay shutdown

BORACAY: Police with assault rifles patrolled entry points to Boracay island yesterday just days before a six-month shutdown and clean-up of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions. President Rodrigo…

Indonesia former speaker gets 15 years in jail for corruption

One of the country’s toughest sentences for graft   JAKARTA: Indonesia’s former parliament speaker was given a 15-year prison term yesterday in one of the country’s toughest sentences for graft,…

32 Chinese tourists die as bus crashes

Bus plunges from a bridge in North Korea   BEIJING: Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed when a bus plunged from a bridge in North Korea, Chinese…

China’s ‘men only’ job culture slammed in new HRW report

‘Gender Discrimination in Job Advertisements in China’   HONG KONG: Leading Chinese firms including e-commerce giant Alibaba were heavily criticized yesterday for gender discrimination in job adverts in a new…

Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Fake stories dressed up as fact can go viral overnight KUALA LUMPUR: Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and…

Confusion and blame game fueling vaccine scandal in Philippines

IMUS: Melinda Colite shakes with rage as she clutches a photo of her grandson, who she says died after getting the anti-dengue fever vaccine at the heart of a bitter…

Rights groups fume; Philippines detains an Australian nun

MANILA: Philippine authorities detained an elderly Australian Catholic nun overnight in what civil rights groups alleged yesterday was a crackdown on foreign critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights record.…

‘I almost died’: abused Filipino women hoping on divorce law

MANILA: Although her husband nearly killed her, Krista Dador cannot get a divorce as the Philippines is one of only two states – along with the Vatican – without a…

China’s economy slows in first quarter

US trade frictions threatening to further hobble growth BEIJING: China’s economy slowed slightly in the first quarter as the government battles debt and financial risk, with US trade frictions threatening…

Indonesia’s Aceh to stop whipping criminals in public

BANDA ACEH: Indonesia’s Aceh province will stop whipping criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said yesterday. The conservative region on Sumatra island-the…

Kim makes official mention of talks

The first between a sitting US president and a N Korean leader SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has acknowledged the prospect of talks with the US, state media…