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9 die in Taiwan hospice blaze

TAIPEI: Nine people were killed and 30 injured in a blaze that broke out yesterday at a hospice for the terminally ill near Taiwan’s capital Taipei, fire officials said. All…

South Korea woman given rare jail term for spycam crime

SEOUL: A South Korean court yesterday slapped a woman with a rare jail term for secretly photographing a male nude model, in a case that sparked controversy over double standards.…

China tabloid defends Xinjiang clampdown

BEIJING: Tough security measures have prevented the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang from turning into “China’s Syria”, a state-run newspaper said yesterday after a UN report raised concerns about the…

Indonesia’s quake death toll tops 400

JAKARTA: The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said yesterday, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed…

For wetter or worse: Philippine bride defies storm

MANILA: A beaming bride defiantly marching up a flooded church aisle in the Philippines has won hearts as the country suffers a fresh bout of monsoonal rains. Jobel Delos Angeles,…

11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar

BANGKOK: An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week following widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official said yesterday. Malaysian Muslims…

Aftershocks rock Lombok as quake death toll tops 300

Evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water MATARAM: The death toll from a devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 yesterday, as strong aftershocks…

Malaysia told to stop ‘policing’ women’s clothing

KUALA LUMPUR; The Malaysian government’s plan to introduce a dress code for Muslim women in the workplace has sparked a backlash from women’s rights groups, which accuse officials of acting…

Lombok quake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

‘We believe some people buried are still alive’ TANJUNG: The death toll from a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose above 130 yesterday, as authorities appealed for…

Lombok quake death toll hits 105

Survivors now forced to live outdoors MATARAM: The death toll from a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose to 105 yesterday as rescuers clawed through the rubble…

Indonesia quake kills 98; imam’s video goes viral

MATARAM, Indonesia: Indonesia yesterday sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated more than 2,000 tourists after a powerful earthquake killed at least 98 people and…

Duterte urges southern peace in unveiling Muslim autonomy law

The measure has been a crucial missing element MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte unveiled a law yesterday granting greater autonomy to the Philippines’ Muslim south, as he expressed hope the measure…