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12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

Typhoon Mangkhut pounds the nation’s north NAGA: Twelve people were killed and dozens missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines yesterday, inflicting more misery…

Anger at Singapore ads offering Indonesian housemaids for sale

SINGAPORE: Online ads in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale were yesterday condemned as “unjust and demeaning”, in a rare flare-up of tensions between the neighbors over domestic helpers. Singapore…

Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak was arrested yesterday and will be charged over allegations that $628 million linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal…

Mangkhut death toll hits 74 in Philippines

ITOGON: The death toll in Typhoon Mangkhut hit 74 yesterday, Philippine authorities said, as rescuers used their bare hands to sift through a massive landslide in which dozens were feared…

Frantic dig for Philippine typhoon victims

Mangkhut leaves dozens dead in the Philippines ITOGON, Philippines: Philippine rescuers used shovels and bare hands to claw through mounds of rocky soil yesterday in a desperate search for dozens…

Philippine ex-general “The Butcher” jailed

MANILA: A retired Philippine army general was sentenced yesterday to decades behind bars over the 2006 disappearance of two activists, hailed by campaigners as a rare case of a top…

Terror in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut

TUGUEGARAO: Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it roared over her Philippines home yesterday…

‘There is nowhere to worship here’: Crackdown bedevils China’s Catholics

Standoff has split China’s roughly 12 million Catholics PUYANG: A government sign outside a Catholic church in central China warns that children are not allowed to attend mass. “Illegal” churches…

Super typhoon roars toward Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut triggers evacuation MANILA: A super typhoon roared toward the Philippines yesterday, prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike…

Millions at risk as Philippines braces for Typhoon Mangkhut

MANILA: Millions of people are at risk from a strong typhoon set to smash into the northern Philippines this weekend which could bring floods, landslides and huge waves to the…

Russia launches biggest ever war games in ‘show of force’

NATO calls drills a ‘rehearsal for large-scale conflict’ VLADIVOSTOK: Russia launched Tuesday what it called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with…

Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as the iconic market shuts

Rat exterminators block pipe and sewer exits TOKYO: The operation must be ruthless, thorough and silent. Without alerting the watchful enemy, a unit of highly trained Japanese agents will throw…

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