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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…

China says won’t accept US ‘blackmail’

Trump says trade tariffs ‘working far better’ than anticipated BEIJING/SINGAPORE: China’s state media said the government’s retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of US goods showed rational restraint and they accused…

China wants military drills with ASEAN in disputed sea

Beijing insists on excluding US to diminish influence SINGAPORE: China wants military exercises and energy exploration with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists…

US indicts woman at heart of Philippine graft scandal

MANILA: A businesswoman at the centre of a massive Manila corruption scandal has been charged in the US with laundering about $20 million allegedly pilfered from the Philippine state, prosecutors…

Killers of tourists in Tajikistan ‘pledge allegiance’ in IS video

Tajik authorities declared 2018 ‘a year of tourism’ DUSHANBE: The Islamic State group yesterday released a video showing what it said was a pledge of allegiance by the five men…

Van bomb in south Philippines kills 10

COTABATO: Ten people, including troops and civilians, were killed when a bomb in a van blew up at an army checkpoint in the southern Philippines yesterday. The powerful explosion, claimed…

Hikers start descent of Indonesia volcano after quake

More than 500 tourists, guides trapped on the mountain MATARAM, Indonesia: Groups of hikers began to pick their way down the slopes of a Lombok volcano Monday after a deadly…

Filipino Muslims hope law to bring ‘dream of peace’

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines: Members or supporters of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group gathered in their tens of thousands yesterday to discuss a landmark law granting them autonomy, with one…

Strong Indonesia quake kills 14

Local officials declare three-day state of emergency LOMBOK, Indonesia: A powerful earthquake which struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok yesterday killed at least 14 people, injured scores and damaged…

Mongolia thwarts ‘kidnapping’ of Turkish teacher

ULAANBAATAR: A Turkish teacher targeted in a suspected kidnap attempt thwarted by Mongolian authorities yesterday thanked his supporters as he left hospital after a checkup following his ordeal. When asked…

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

27 dead, 131 still missing as rescuers battle rains ATTAPEU , Laos: The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to…

Lone suspect in blast near US embassy in Beijing caught

Woman attempted self-immolation near embassy earlier BEIJING: A bomb exploded outside the US embassy in Beijing yesterday, wounding the lone assailant, the embassy said in a statement, although police described…