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Cold wave brings snow, wind to much of nation

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

BEIJING: Central and eastern China are feeling the effects of this year’s biggest cold wave, which is forecast to last through tomorrow, bringing low temperatures, strong winds and snow to many parts of the country, the National Meteorological Centre said.White effect: A worker shovelling snow near snow-covered artificial flowers outside a shopping mall in Beijing. — AP

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Militants kill seven at Pakistan court

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Peshawar (Pakistan): Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan, killing seven people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of militants violence.

‘Abu Sayyaf likely behind Vietnam ship attack’

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Manila: Filipino Islamic militants were likely behind an attack on a Vietnamese cargo ship in which one crew member was killed and six others abducted, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said.

Anies denies pandering to Islamists

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

JAKARTA: A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election.

Five die in Aussie plane crash

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Melbourne: A light aircraft smashed into shops and exploded into a “massive fireball” killing all five on board, including four American passengers reportedly golfers on the trip of a lifetime, officials in Australia said.

Unsettled by China’s weapon systems

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

BORACAY (Philippines): South-East Asian countries see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating, the Philippines said.

Japan’s flirty male escorts sell dreams

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

TOKYO: Cigarette smoke hangs thick in the air of a Tokyo nightspot as Aki Nitta sips champagne with a trio of sweet-talking Lotharios peddling fake love at premium rates.Smooth operator: A male host sharing a lighter moment with a female customer at a club in the Kabukicho red-light district in Tokyo. — AFP

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Nepal to hold first local polls in 20 years

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Kathmandu: Nepal will hold its first local elections in two decades in May, the government has announced, a key moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy.

UN envoy Churkin dies at 64

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

NEW YORK: Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin (pic), who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, died in New York. He was 64.

Myanmar probes murder of four people in Rakhine

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:47:30 +08:00

YANGON: Myanmar police are investigating the murder of four people in northern Rakhine state, the government said Tuesday, days after ending a military campaign in the area the UN has compared to ethnic cleansing.