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Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:15:51 +08:00

CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab Spring, left a military hospital on Friday where he spent much of the last six years in detention.Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak waving to people from his room at the Maadi military hospital in Cairo. -AFP filepic

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South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry starts final journey

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:37:19 +08:00

JINDO: South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry was sailed away from its watery grave Friday, beginning its final journey nearly three years after it went down with the loss of more than 300 lives.An aerial view shows the salvage operation of the Sewol ferry, off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo on March 24, 2017. -AFP

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Hong Kong charges captain over Singapore army vehicles

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:35:53 +08:00

HONG KONG: Hong Kong on Friday charged a ship’s captain over the transport of nine Singapore armoured troop carriers without a proper licence, which embroiled the two cities and China in a diplomatic dispute.Singapore Armed Forces Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles, seen covered in grey and blue tarpaulins, are unloaded following their arrival at the PSA West Coast terminal port in Singapore on January 30, 2017, after being impounded in Hong Kong last November. -AFP filepic

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Teenager pleads guilty to Anzac Day terror plot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:32:08 +08:00

SYDNEY: A teenage boy pleaded guilty Friday to planning a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day service honouring Australian soldiers in Sydney, the latest in a series of cases involving radicalised youth.

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Free soup puts 350 in Myanmar hospital with food poisoning

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:28:22 +08:00

YANGON: A free lunch for villagers in southern Myanmar turned sour after it landed more than a third of the rural community in hospital with food poisoning, local officials said Friday.

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:13:22 +08:00

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s constitutional court began hearing a landmark case Friday that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.Taiwan's constitutional court will hear arguments over whether part of the Civil Code contravenes elements in Taiwan's constitution that guarantee equality and freedom of marriage. -AFP filepic

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Japan culls 280,000 more birds for avian flu

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:48:46 +08:00

TOKYO: Japan deployed hundreds of soldiers to help cull more than 280,000 chickens on Friday, officials said as they try to contain further outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu.After another round of slaughter, Japan will have culled 1.67 million birds in an attempt to contain avian flu. -AFP filepic

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Japanese mother calls for real atonement from serial child killer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:33:46 +08:00

KOBE: Kyoko Yamashita, who lost her daughter in a 1997 murder by a juvenile serial killer in Kobe, called on the killer to seek “real atonement for the rest of his life.”A photo shows a smiling Ayaka Yamashita, who was murdered in 1997 by a juvenile serial killer in Kobe.

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Taiwan NGO worker ‘missing in China’

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:25:31 +08:00

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese NGO worker who promoted democracy in China has gone missing after entering the mainland earlier this month, authorities said.

Indian lawmaker banned from flying Air India, 4 other airlines with immediate effect

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:09:09 +08:00

NEW DELHI: Air India (AI) and the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) on Friday have banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying with ‘immediate effect’, day after he assaulted an AI staffer.

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