Category: Asia

PHILIPPINES – Duterte lashes out after US halts rifle sale

MANILA –– Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision “fools” and “monkeys” and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead. Duterte’s tirades against the former colonial power are routine during his speeches and he […]

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Thais to confirm crown prince

BANGKOK – Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on December 1, a senior source has told the BBC. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials. His father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s […]

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China launches manned space mission

BEIJING – China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on […]

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Thai king dies

BANGKOK –– Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances. He was seen as a stabilising figure in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple […]

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PHILIPPINES – Duterte ‘happy to kill’

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” three million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in […]

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Witness: Philippine President ordered killings of 1,000

MANILA – A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country’s Senate on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. Edgar Matobato, 57, told the nationally televised Senate committee […]

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China-UK nuclear deal a go

LONDON – Britain’s new prime minister has given the green light to a controversial nuclear power plant financed by French and Chinese firms that had raised concerns over national security. Theresa May put the $24 billion Hinkley Point project under review in July, a surprise move that was one of her first official acts after […]

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Taiwan battered

XIAMEN –– Typhoon Meranti struck China’s mainland after pounding Taiwan, making landfall early Thursday near Xiamen in Fujian Province, according to CNN meteorologists. The powerful storm first raked southern Taiwan, bringing winds of up to 230 miles per hour (370 kilometres per hour) –– faster than a Formula One race car –– at one point and […]

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PHILIPPINES – Duterte regretful

VIENTIANE –– New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte sought to defuse a row with the United States on Tuesday, voicing regret for calling President Barack Obama a “son of a b****”, a comment that prompted Washington to call off a bilateral meeting. The tiff between the two allies overshadowed the opening of a summit of East […]

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PHILIPPINES – Duerte: I’m no American puppet

MANILA –– President Obama had better think twice about raising the issue of Philippine extra-judicial killings, warned the country’s confrontational leader on Monday. The American president and his Philippines counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, were set to meet in Laos this week, where Obama is attending a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders. White House officials previously said Obama […]

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‘Straddling bus’ tested in China

BEIJING –– It may look like something from the future, but China’s long-awaited “straddling bus” ran its inaugural test in Hebei province this week. The two metre-high Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) straddles the cars below, allowing them to pass through. Powered by electricity, the bus is able to carry up to 300 passengers in its 72 […]

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INDONESIA – 14 to be executed

JAKARTA –– Indonesia is set to execute more drug convicts this week, according to the country’s attorney general. The office of Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo has not released details about this round of executions, but preparations are underway at the Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java. Human Rights Watch has called on President Joko […]

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Deadly knife attack in Japan

SAGAMIHARA –– At least 19 people have been killed in a knife attack at a residential care centre for the disabled in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. The attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday. Another 45 people were reportedly injured, 18 seriously. Local police have arrested a male suspect after he turned himself […]

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PAKISTAN – Man ‘proud’ he strangled his sister

PUNJAB –– The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, says he is proud he killed his sister, claiming he did it because “girls are born to stay home”. The 25-year-old Qandeel was strangled Friday at her family home in the city of Multan in the Pakistani province of Punjab. After going on the […]

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BANGLADESH – Hostage horror

DHAKA — As many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking dozens of hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, authorities and a witness said. One police officer died of his wounds at a hospital, according to his nephew Mishu Hasan. […]

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Tornado in China kills at least 78

BEIJING — A tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs. The tornado hit a densely populated area of farms and factories near the city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province, about 800 kilometres south […]

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CHINA – Workers spanked for poor performance

BEIJING –– Eight employees of a rural bank in China have been publicly spanked for poor performance. A cellphone video of a man with a wooden stick spanking each employee four times on a stage has been widely shared on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, since Sunday. One of the hits threw a woman off […]

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