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Last chance to see North Korea for US tourists

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:53:04 +08:00

PYONGYANG: The Westerners lined up on Sunday before giant statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply.Tourists pose for a group photo before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (left) and Kim Jong-Il (right), on Mansu hill in Pyongyang on July 23, 2017. -AFP

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Philippines to extend martial law in south until year end

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:38:51 +08:00

Manila (AFP) - The Philippine Congress on Saturday voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen.Activists protested against martial law while the debate was happening.-AFP

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Chinese police guard late dissident's home, empty or not

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:29:46 +08:00

Beijing (AFP) - At a small park outside the Beijing home of late Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, security officers sat around a stone table surrounded by shrubbery, scrutinising everyone who neared the gate they guarded.The apartment building where Liu Xia, the wife of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, lives.-AFP

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East Timor votes for parliament amid huge challenges

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:27:21 +08:00

Dili (East Timor) (AFP) - East Timor headed to the polls to elect a new parliament Saturday as Asia's youngest democracy battles economic challenges 15 years after gaining its independence from Indonesia.Fretilin party supporters participate in an election campaign rally in Dili, East Timor on July 19, 2017.-AFP

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:24:35 +08:00

Tokyo (AFP) - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning on July 21 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima nuclear power plant.-AFP

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Rise and fall of General Manas: Thailand's top trafficker

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:59:43 +08:00

Bangkok (AFP) - An army 'Big Shot' whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand's grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.

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China cashing out as mobile payment soars

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:36:59 +08:00

Beijing (AFP) - Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing.This photo taken on June 27, 2017 shows a man making purchases through his smartphone at a seafood booth at a market in Beijing.-AFP

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China road crash kills 11, injures 9

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:31:50 +08:00

Beijing (AFP) - Eleven people died and nine others were injured after a traffic collision in north China's Hebei province, a report said Saturday.Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted.-AFP

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Xi pushes for top-class army

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

BEIJING: Ahead of the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, President Xi Jinping has called for unremitting efforts to make the PLA a world-class army.

Rebuilding of Marawi City may cost over RM1.6bil

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Manila: The government may have to spend more than the initial estimate of 20 billion peso (RM1.6bil) for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said.