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  • ‘Shoot me’ if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution

    January 22, 2018 11:53 AM 4

    Duterte has advocated federalism as a cure to the country's ills. — Reuters picMANILA, Jan 22 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution. The firebrand leader

  • S. Korea's Chinese tourist slump endures despite pledges

    January 22, 2018 9:52 AM 5

    SEOUL: Chinese tourist numbers to South Korea continued to decline in December, figures showed Monday, even though Beijing and Seoul pledged to improve relations strained by a US missile defence system. Seoul and Washington installed the powerful THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the South last year to guard against threats from nuclear-armed

  • Three civilians killed in southern Thailand market bomb

    January 22, 2018 3:10 AM 3

    This morning’s bomb at a morning market in Yala town popular with Buddhists and Muslims was the first deadly attack by suspected insurgents on a civilian target in months. - File picYALA, Jan 22 — A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 19 others this morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, a policeman said, the first such attack

  • Train hits barrier in Sydney, at least 15 hurt

    January 22, 2018 2:05 AM 5

    Injured train passengers are seen at Richmond station in Sydney, Australia, January 22, 2018. — Reuters picSYDNEY, Jan 22 — At least 15 people were injured this morning when a train crashed into a barrier in the northwest of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, and were being treated by emergency services personnel, an ambulance spokesman said. Television

  • Scandal-hit Thai temple helps to stage mass Buddhist event in Myanmar

    January 22, 2018 1:03 AM 4

    Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony organised by the Thailand's Dhammakaya Foundation at the Chanmyathazi airport in Mandalay, Myanmar, January 21, 2018. — Reuters picMANDALAY, Jan 22 — Thousands of Buddhist monks gathered in Myanmar’s second largest city yesterday for an event partly organised by a scandal-hit Thai temple whose abbot

  • Erdogan warns of 'heavy price' for protests against Syria operation

    January 21, 2018 4:14 PM 4

    ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sunday of a "heavy price" for protests against Turkey's military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia, after the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) called on people to take to the streets. "Some HDP representatives are calling on my Kurdish citizens to get out into the squares. Until now, not many people

  • Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit

    January 21, 2018 9:17 AM 2

    A Turkish military convoy arrives at a village on the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey, January 21, 2018. — Reuters picONCUPINAR (Turkey), Jan 21 — Turkey continued to fire artillery at a US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria today, after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border town. The cross-border

  • Russia’s Lavrov, US’ Tillerson discuss north Syria situation

    January 21, 2018 9:10 AM 4

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed tackling the Syrian crisis with Lavrov over the phone yesterday. — Reuters picMOSCOW, Jan 21 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the Syrian conflict in a telephone call, in particular ways to bring stability to the country’s north, the Russian foreign

  • US Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers, says official

    January 21, 2018 5:46 AM 6

    An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Centre at Fort Irwin in southern California. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Jan 21 — A US Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early yesterday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash

  • At least five dead in Kabul hotel attack, says Afghan spy agency (VIDEO)

    January 21, 2018 4:00 AM 4

    Smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel during an attack in Kabul January 21, 2018. — Reuters picKABUL, Jan 21 — Gunmen killed at least five people and wounded eight others in an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, an official said today, as the 11-hour-long siege continued. “Five are dead,” an official with the Afghan spy agency told AFP, adding