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  • Malaysia cops round up 55 Bangladeshis

    Malaysian immigration police detained 338 foreigners, including 55 Bangladeshis, while raiding a factory in Cyberjaya, said Mustafar Ali, director general of Malaysian Immigration Department.

  • Vietnam president Quang dies at 61

    Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for

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    Kim Jong-un sends $1.34m gift to South Koreans

    The value of 2 tonnes of pine mushrooms that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent to the South as a gift is believed to be 1.5 billion won ($1.34 million).

  • Ex-PM hit with 25 new charges

    Malaysian prosecutors yesterday charged former Prime Minister Najib Razak with 21 counts of money laundering and four counts of abuse of power over hundreds of millions of dollars received in his personal bank account.

  • 'Pray or get a new job'

    An Indonesian city has ordered its top civil servants to visit their local mosque for dawn prayers or risk being sacked, underscoring the growing influence of religion across the world's biggest Muslim majority country.

  • Abe to amend pacifist charter

    Shinzo Abe yesterday vowed to press on with revising Japan's pacifist constitution after winning a historic third term as party head that set him on course to become the country's longest-serving premier.

  • Anwar set for political return next month

    Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will seek to return to frontline politics by contesting a local election to become a lawmaker next month, officials said yesterday, a key step on his journey from prison to the premiership.

  • Kim seeks 2nd Trump meet

    Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation yesterday for a show of unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang's negotiations with Washington.

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    Flight attendant fired after boyfriend proposed to her mid-flight

    Wedding proposals, for the most part, are romantic in nature -- until it causes one to lose his or her job.

  • China denies US polls meddling, asks for 'respect'

    China yesterday called on the United States to show "respect" in their trade dispute and rejected President Donald Trump's claims that it was meddling in the US midterm elections by taking aim at his political base.

  • Koreas commit to 'era of no war'

    North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of "international experts" and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un yesterday.

  • Trump summit stabilised region

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday said his "historic" summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore stabilised regional security, and that he expected further progress at an inter-Korean summit aimed at reviving stalled nuclear diplomacy.

  • 7, including Bangladeshi, die of suspected alcohol poisoning

    Seven men, including a Bangladeshi, die of suspected alcohol poisoning in Malaysia, says Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

  • Auction of luxury vehicles of Pak PM House: 61 cars sold

    An auction of a fleet of 102 luxury and surplus vehicles kept at Prime Minister House in Islamabad is underway, with 61 vehicles sold so far, including five bulletproof vehicles.

  • Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions evacuated in China

    More than three million people have been moved to safety in southern China as Typhoon Mangkhut moved northward and continued to wreak havoc across the region yesterday.

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    Bangladesh ranked least innovative country in Asia

    Bangladesh has been ranked the least innovative country and Singapore the most innovative in Asia.

  • Typhoon Mangkhut slams into China

    A super typhoon makes landfall in China’s Guangdong, the country’s most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines.

  • Super Typhoon Mangkhut batters Hong Kong

    Typhoon Mangkhut batters Hong Kong and threatens the southern coast of China, after cutting a destructive path through the Philippines and killing dozens of people there.

  • Five suspected rebels killed in Kashmir

    Indian forces in Kashmir killed five suspected rebels yesterday, during the disputed territory's third major gun battle in as many days.

  • Bhutan votes as India, China vie for influence

    Voters in Bhutan, "Land of the Thunder Dragon", went to the polls Saturday in the first round of only the third election in the small

  • Sri Lankan ambassador to Vienna recalled

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena recalled his top envoy to Austria and five other embassy staff for failing to answer his long-

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    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's defence of jailing of Reuters journalists has prompted a sharp rebuke from the United States.

  • China denies claims of mistreating Muslims

    China is not mistreating Muslims in Xinjiang province but is putting some people through training courses to avoid extremism spreading, unlike Europe which had failed to deal with the problem, a Chinese official told reporters yesterday.

  • S Korea strikes upbeat tone

    North Korea is "willing to denuclearise" and the US is prepared to end hostile relations, President Moon Jae-in said yesterday as he struck an upbeat tone ahead of his third meeting with Kim Jong Un next week.

  • 11 killed in China as car ploughs into square

    Eleven people were killed and 44 injured after a car ploughed into a crowded square in southern China and the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking "revenge" on society for previous criminal convictions, the government says.

  • Airline removes nuts after Sri Lanka president's rage

    Sri Lanka's national airline says it has stopped serving cashews after the country's president flew into a rage over nuts served to him on a flight to Colombo.

  • Students gain weight to dodge military duty

    Twelve inventive South Korean college students deliberately made themselves overweight to dodge mandatory military service, a branch of the armed forces in Seoul said yesterday.

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    World’s first foldable smartphone

    Samsung Electronics might reveal some details on the world’s first foldable smartphone in the pipeline at its developers’ conference in San Francisco in November, according to the industry.

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    Rat in hotpot shocks pregnant woman, shuts down restaurant

    A hotpot restaurant in eastern China has been shut down and a pregnant woman is undergoing health checks after a dead rat was found in a family’s meal.

  • China shuts down Christian church

    Beijing officials have shut down one of China's largest "underground" Protestant churches for operating without a licence, the Communist