Category: Asia

SINGAPORE – Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

President Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, joining North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the island city-state ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a Tuesday sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal. Air Force One touched down at a military […]

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SRI LANKA – Dengue fever

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka is facing an “unprecedented” outbreak of deadly dengue fever, with 296 deaths recorded and over 100,000 cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the Red Cross. The international aid organization, formally known as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is increasing its emergency assistance across Sri […]

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North Korea may have more nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON –– Thermal images of North Korea’s main nuclear site show Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously thought that can be used to enlarge its nuclear weapons stockpile, a US think tank said on Friday. The analysis by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korean monitoring project, was based on satellite images of the […]

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Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals

SANA’A – A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to “spiral out of control”, with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned. More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, […]

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N Korea claims missile test

SEOUL – North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world’s most dangerous nuclear standoff and, if true, a direct rebuke to US President Donald Trump’s earlier declaration that such a test “won’t happen!” The launch appeared to be North Korea’s […]

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CHINA – Elderly woman throws coins into plane engine for ‘good luck’

SHANGHAI –– A superstitious elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck, a Chinese airline has confirmed. The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines flight as she crossed the tarmac to board. She told police she launched the coins as she “prayed for safety” […]

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High human cost as Phillipines wage war on IS

MANILA – While the rains come and go, the flow of wounded into a military hospital in the north of the island does not. Just as two ambulances pull into the hospital at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro, the skies once again open up, muddying the dirt courtyard. They discharge yet another 10 soldiers, […]

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India arrests 15 for cheering Pakistan

MUMBAI – Fifteen Muslim men have been arrested in India for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. The men were denied bail in Madhya Pradesh state after appearing in court where they were charged with sedition. They were arrested after their Hindu neighbours complained that they had burst firecrackers […]

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CHINA – Seven killed in explosion at kindergarten

BEIJING – Seven people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion Thursday at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day, local officials said. The blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, which struck at 4:50 p.m., was under […]

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Bombers kill mourners at Kabul funeral

Suicide bombers have killed at least six people at the funeral in Kabul of a man who died during a protest on Friday, Afghan officials say. Dozens were wounded in the blasts, which hit the funeral of one of five people killed when police fired on a protest against deteriorating security. The chief executive of […]

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PHILIPPINES – At least 36 dead in Manila casino attack

MANILA — Philippine police say the attacker was a tall, English-speaking white man with a moustache. They say he carried an assault rifle, and that he used gasoline to start a casino fire that caused clouds of smoke that left at least 36 people dead Friday morning in a sprawling entertainment complex in Manila. But […]

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THE PHILIPPINES – Gunman storms casino in Manila

MANILA –– Police in the Philippines have taken control of a hotel and entertainment complex in Manila after it was stormed by a masked gunman. The gunman is dead, officials said, although it is not clear how he died. It is believed he acted alone and was staging a robbery, police said. Resorts World Manila was […]

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Series of bombs in Bangladesh kill close to 40

BAGHDAD — A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlour in central Baghdad and a rush- hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people. The attacks […]

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THE PHILIPPINES – Air strikes launched

MARAWI –– The Philippines military has unleashed a series of air strikes in a push to regain full control of a largely Muslim city that was overrun last week by ISIS-affiliated fighters. More than a hundred residents of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, have died and 70,000 have fled the town of 200,000 […]

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THE PHILIPPINES – City under siege

MARAWI — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched “precision attacks” Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia’s most-wanted militants. Rebels have torn through the streets of Marawi since Tuesday night, torching […]

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Trump fears 'major, major conflict' with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has said he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a “major, major conflict” is possible. In an interview with Reuters, he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loved his country. Mr Trump also said […]

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Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

KATHMANDU – A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in Nepal’s Dhading district. The body of his companion, 19-year-old Liu Chen […]

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