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Urine trouble: Japan train driver pees on track

TOKYO: Japanese train operator JR East has apologized after a driver urinated over the railway track while on duty because he did not want to delay services by using the…

Duterte says militants ‘hungry’ for caliphate

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were hungry to establish a caliphate, as he toughens his stance on the kidnap-for-ransom group accused of a deadly…

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage – Sekkingstad to meet Duterte today

MANILA: Abu Sayyaf extremists yesterday freed a Norwegian man kidnapped a year ago in the southern Philippines along with two Canadians who were later beheaded and a Filipino woman who…

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist Cuba – Outlets spark debate about role of media

HAVANA: A handful of independent, Web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island’s half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. While low levels…

Duterte killed justice official, hitman tells Philippine senate – ‘The people of Davao were being slaughtered like chicken’

Show face to cops, Muslims in Philippine city ordered

DAVAO, Philippines: Women in burqas and those wearing surgical masks should refrain from concealing their faces in public, the Philippine president’s mayor daughter said yesterday, describing the measure as aimed…

VR arrives at Tokyo Game Show, counted on to revive industry

Newly crowned Miss Japan proud of Indian roots

The newly crowned Miss World Japan is hardly a typical Japanese woman. Being half-Indian is only part of it. Priyanka Yoshikawa, crowned Monday after outshining more than 6,900 other applicants,…

North Korea says nukes are defense against ‘blackmail’ – UN planning to enforce tougher sanctions

SEOUL: North Korea yesterday sought to justify its weapons program as a defense against US nuclear “blackmail” as world powers debated ways to punish Pyongyang for its fifth and most…

How does one solve a problem like N Korea? – Another nuclear test draws global outcry

BEIJING: North Korea’s fifth nuclear test is yet more evidence of how ineffective sanctions are in deterring Pyongyang while China is unwilling or unable to intervene, analysts say, with some…

Obama slur no bar to Duterte’s popularity – Record approval ratings while slums drenched in blood

Indonesian official wants Philippine-style drug war