Thousands evacuate as Sydney sees worst floods in decades

SYDNEY: Torrential downpours lashed Australia's east yesterday, forcing thousands to flee the worst flooding in decades and pushing communities already battling drought, bushfires, and...

As China-US friction rises, their armies hold joint disaster drills

NANJING: Soldiers from China and the United States wrapped up a week of joint disaster relief drills yesterday, in a display of cooperation against...

Hong Kong shops defy ban on trade in pangolin scales

HONG KONG: On a winding Hong Kong street where shops keep a dizzying array of dried produce, one highly valued ingredient is still being...

New Zealand has duty to support Muslims: Ardern

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told an emotional memorial service marking two years since the Christchurch mosque attacks that the country had...

China weighs carrots and sticks in push to vaccinate millions

BEIJING: Tickets to tourist attractions, shopping coupons, and report cards naming and shaming stores where staff haven't been vaccinated: China is veering from compulsion...

Philippines warns Islamist militants – Surrender or die

MARAWI: Philippine authorities yesterday warned Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender or die, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen's strongholds...

Myanmar must end violence, restore democracy: Indonesia

JAKARTA: Myanmar's military must restore democracy and stop committing violence against citizens, Indonesian president Joko Widodo said after crisis talks with junta chief leader...

Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo wins Miss World title in China

Spain's Mireia Lalaguna Royo was named the winner of the Miss World 2015 competition in the southern Chinese island resort of Sanya, an event...

China launders cash of foreign criminals – Scam artists, drug cartels and gangs find...

ASHDOD, Israel: Scam artists, drug cartels and gangs from around the world have found a new haven for laundering money: China. The country's well-developed...

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Western Japan battered by ferocious winds and lashing rain TOKYO: Japan scrambled yesterday to evacuate passengers trapped at a major airport when a tanker slammed...

Philippines’ journalist at odds with President Duterte arrested for libel

Rappler fighting numerous cases lodged by Philippine government MANILA: The award-winning head of a Philippine news website known for...

Jakarta Christian governor stands trial for blasphemy

Purnama accused of insulting the Quran JAKARTA: Jakarta's Christian governor choked back tears as he gave an impassioned defense against blasphemy charges yesterday, in a...

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