Asia

At least two dead and dozens injured after Indonesia quake

MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) — At least two people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after an earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok triggered a landslide, officials said. The 5.5-magnitude quake is thought to have caused the landslide at …

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PHL leaves International Criminal Court

The Philippines officially quit the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday, March 17, though the beleaguered tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of possible crimes in the government’s deadly drug war. Manila’s withdrawal becomes final a year after it told …

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Israel strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire

JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — The Israeli military carried out reprisal strikes against Hamas in Gaza early Friday, hours after rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave, sources said. Around 30 strikes targeted positions held by the military wing of Hamas, …

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Negligence case over deadly Mumbai bridge collapse

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — Indian police said Friday they had filed a negligence case against Mumbai’s civic and railway authorities after a footbridge collapsed killing six people and injuring dozens more. The bridge, which was under repair, gave away around …

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Mumbai bridge collapse kills six: officials

MUMBAI, India (AFP) — Six people were killed and dozens injured when a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai’s main train station on Thursday, the latest accident to highlight creaking infrastructure in India’s financial capital. The bridge, which was under repair according …

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Vietnam woman in N. Korea murder case has release bid rejected: prosecutor

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AFP) — A Vietnamese woman charged with assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother lost her bid for immediate release Thursday as Malaysian authorities refused to drop a murder charge, days after her Indonesian co-accused was freed. “In …

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3,000 IS members surrender to Syria force in 24 hours: spokesman

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Three thousand Islamic State members have surrendered in the last 24 hours as US-backed forces close in on their last holdout in eastern Syria a spokesman said late Tuesday. “Number of Daesh (IS) members surrendered to …

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Two dead, hundreds evacuated amid severe Indonesia floods

  BANDUNG, Indonesia (AFP) — At least two people were killed and six more were missing after torrential rains and severe flooding in parts of Indonesia, the disaster agency said Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people. Heavy rain …

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PHL President Duterte, Malaysian PM Mahathir back freedom of navigation, overflight in South China Sea

  (Eagle News) — Both Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and President Duterte, the two oldest heads of state in Asia, called for maintaining freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, as well as the peaceful settlement of …

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N. Korea rocket site appears ‘operational’ again: US experts

by Francesco FONTEMAGGI WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A North Korean long-range rocket launch site appears to have resumed “normal operation status,” US experts said Thursday, calling it an “affront” to President Donald Trump’s strategy of diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang. …

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Ghosn out on bail after more than 100 days

by Harumi OZAWA / Natsuko FUKUE TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn left his Tokyo detention center Wednesday after more than 100 days in custody, following a shock court decision granting him bail of one billion yen …

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Malaysian PM Mahathir arrives in PHL for official visit

(Eagle News)—Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is in the Philippines for an official visit. Mahathir arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Wednesday, March 6, around 7 p.m., Philippine time. Mahathir is expected to  hold a bilateral …

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