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China says Philippines must heal rift over South China Sea – Indonesia says it could take Beijing to court

China, Taiwan leaders join hands at historic summit – ‘We are brothers connected by flesh’

SINGAPORE: The presidents of China and Taiwan reached across decades of Cold War-era estrangement and rivalry to exchange a historic handshake and warm words in the first summit since the…

Painfully slow rebuild after Philippine typhoon – Million survivors without safe homes

TACLOBAN: Two years after a super typhoon devastated the Philippines and sounded a global alarm on climate change, a massive rebuilding program has had big successes but at least one…

Reporter shot dead in new Philippines media murder

MANILA: A Philippine radio reporter has been shot dead, police and colleagues said yesterday, in the latest attack in a country known for dozens of unsolved killings of journalists. Jose…

Despite critics, support for Suu Kyi strong before polls – NLD expected to win

KAWHMU, Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi’s star power has fallen among fellow Myanmar politicians critical of her management style and decision-making, and among fans abroad disenchanted with the Nobel Peace…

China ends one-child policy – Many couples still stick to one due to cost

Nepal turns to China after India restricts fuel supply – Kathmandu signs deal with Beijing

KATHMANDU: Fuel-starved Nepal has signed an agreement with China to import gasoline, diesel and cooking gas, effectively ending a monopoly on supply from India, which has restricted fuel convoys as…

China warns it will respond to US ships with all means – Merkel urges Beijing to resolve sea row in courts

US warship sails near Chinese man-made islands in Spratlys – US defense official says such patrols will be regular

Japan called to ban child manga porn

TOKYO: A UN special envoy yesterday called on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring “extreme” sexualized images of children, after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations…

China’s richest man ‘doubled fortune in 12 months’: Forbes

BEIJING: China’s richest man saw his fortune balloon by nearly $17 billion-a sum larger than the GDP of Iceland-in the past year, business magazine Forbes said yesterday. Wang Jianlin, founder…

Chinese smuggling endangers rare Philippine turtles

MANILA: Chinese demand for forest turtles is threatening an endangered species found only on one Philippine island, wildlife officials said yesterday. The Philippine Forest Turtle, found only in the western…