Asia

Grandma Ca: the 99-year-old standing up to Vietnam’s coal rush

by Tran Thi Minh Ha, with Jenny Vaughan in Tuy Phong VIETNAM (AFP) — Toothless and nearly blind, grandmother Pham Thi Ca refuses to leave her plot of land even after bulldozers demolished her house — an extraordinary holdout against …

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Indonesian police fire tear gas to break up election protest

JARATA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in downtown Jakarta early Wednesday after a rally opposed to President Joko Widodo’s re-election, an AFP reporter said. The country’s election commission on Tuesday released official results that …

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Iran warns of ‘painful consequences’ if US escalates tensions

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the United States of “painful consequences for everybody” if there is an escalation in tensions with the Islamic republic. Zarif also accused the US of “playing a very, …

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Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

by Shingo ITO TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains. Victims of groping can …

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Huawei founder: US ‘underestimates’ his company

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei struck a defiant tone Tuesday against US attempts to block his company’s global ambitions, saying the US “underestimates” the telecom giant’s strength. Ren spoke to Chinese state media days after President Donald …

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Zarif: Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts won’t end Iran’

by Amir Havasi TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries. “Iranians have stood tall for millennia …

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Indonesia’s Joko Widodo wins second term as president: elections commission

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has won a second term as president, beating out rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin, the elections commission said. “This ruling was announced on May 21… …

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Trump: If Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official …

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Indonesian court sentences French drug smuggler to death

MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) — An Indonesian court Monday sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling, in a surprise verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term. “After finding Felix Dofin legally and convincingly guilty of importing narcotics …

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32 dead in Tajikistan prison riot: official

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AFP) — A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State group and three guards, authorities said Monday. Five of the inmates and the three guards were killed …

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Modi’s party confident after polls predict India election victory

by Jalees Andrabi and Abhaya Srivastava NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party said Monday that exit polls from the country’s marathon election showed an “overwhelming” vote in favour of a second term for the Hindu …

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Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and key producer United Arab Emirates said Sunday oil supplies were sufficient and stockpiles were still rising despite massive output drops by Iran and Venezuela. “We see that (oil) inventories are …

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