Category: Asia

Thai man kills self, baby, on Facebook Live

PHUKET – A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the “appalling” incident […]

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North Korea holds artillery drill as tension spikes

SEOUL – North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North’s nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a US aircraft carrier strike […]

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Pakistani PM survives corruption allegations

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif survived a Supreme Court ruling Thursday over corruption allegations that could have seen him ousted from office. The five-judge panel, formed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in November 2016 to investigate Sharif, delivered its ruling after two months of deliberation. Rather than finding for or against Sharif, the panel […]

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INDONESIA – Man’s body found in snake

JAKARTA –– A missing Indonesian man was found dead inside the body of a python, according to local police. Akbar went missing on Sunday on the island of Sulawesi, after leaving to harvest palm oil. In the search for the 25-year-old, police told BBC Indonesian that they had found a huge snake they suspected had […]

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NORTH KOREA – I’m alive

SEOUL –– A man claiming to be the son of the slain, estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader said he was lying low with his mother and sister, in a video posted online by a group that said it helped rescue them following the murder a month ago. The governments of the Netherlands, China, the United […]

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North Korea’s missile programme evolving

PYONYANG – Quicker. Smarter. More dangerous. North Korea’s missile program is evolving, experts say, as the country develops and produces missiles at a faster rate, and deploys them in ways which potentially help evade new and existing defenses. “They did a launch a month ago, they’re now launching [more] in 30 days, that’s a third […]

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Concern about new child marriage law in Bangladesh

DHAKA –– Girls under the age of 18 can be married off by their parents in undefined special circumstances under a new Bangladesh law passed this week. The Bangladesh Parliament approved the new legislation by a voice vote Monday. It allows exceptions to the minimum marriage age, currently set at 18 for women and 21 […]

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PAKISTAN – IS attack Sufi shrine: over 60 dead, 250 injured

ISLAMABAD – At least 60 people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday at Pakistan’s packed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province, a police official said. As many as 250 others were injured, according to Khadim Hussain Rind, the Hyderabad Police inspector general. The Islamic State Khorasan, ISIS’ […]

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TAIWAN – At least 32 dead, in tour bus crash

TAIPEI – At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus crashed near Taipei on Monday night, with television footage showing the bus careening toward a road barrier before flipping on its side. Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department […]

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Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country “with immediate effect”. The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine’s Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be […]

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Japan, US condemn North Korea's missile launch

The United States and Japan held a joint press conference on Saturday night following reports that North Korea fired a ballistic missile in what would be its first such test of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch calling it, “absolutely intolerable.” President Donald Trump assured Japan that the […]

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PHILIPPINES – Duterte’s family planning programme being challenged

MANILA  –– A presidential intervention to provide free contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic Philippines looked set to face hurdles, with conservatives and church leaders preparing possible challenges. Access to artificial birth control methods is difficult in the country of over 100 million people despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012 because of a […]

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Mass prison escape in Philippines

MANILA –– A manhunt continues in the Philippines after an armed raid led to a mass prison escape. As many as 158 inmates fled the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City in the southern Philippines early Wednesday after armed men attacked the compound, according to Xavier Solda, the spokesman for the Philippines Bureau of […]

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NORTH KOREA – Claims that Kim Jong Un executed 340

PYONGYANG –– A new report claims North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered 340 people to be executed since he came to power in 2011. The Institute for National Security Strategy, a South Korean think tank, released “The misgoverning of Kim Jong Un’s five years in power” on Thursday, detailing how the North Korean leader […]

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PHILIPPINES – President Duterte calls UN official an ‘idiot’

MANILA –– Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called a top UN official an “idiot” and “joker” on Thursday for urging that murder investigations be launched against the president after he admitted personally killing people. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday said Philippine judicial authorities should probe Duterte’s accounts of having […]

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MANILA – President Duterte admits to killing men

MANILA –– The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao. He said: “I killed about three of them . . . I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened and I cannot lie about it.” […]

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Philippines war on drugs overcrowds jails

MANILA – Jason Madarang, awaiting trial on a charge of drug use, is in a muggy, windowless cell in a Manila prison so overcrowded that inmates must sleep in halls and stairwells and share each toilet with 150 other men. But with President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” raging beyond the walls of Quezon City […]

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