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  • Mattis seeks resilient US ties with China

    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Chinese counterpart yesterday that the world's two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict.

  • Malaysia's ex-deputy PM detained

    Malaysia's anti-graft agency arrested a former deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, yesterday in connection with an investigation into suspected misappropriation of funds from a charity foundation, the agency said.

  • Blast kills candidate and three more

    A bomb placed under a sofa killed four Afghans including an election candidate yesterday, officials said, as deadly violence escalates ahead of the October 20 parliamentary ballot.

  • Maldives leader accepts defeat

    Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen told the nation Wednesday he accepted defeat in last month's elections, even as the strongman ruler lobbies the Supreme Court to call a fresh poll.

  • Pakistan Zainab murder case

    Pakistan hangs 6-year-old Zainab's killer

    Imran Ali, who was convicted for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur, is hanged to death in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Central Jail.

  • In a blow to Yameen, court rejects his secret witnesses

    The Maldives' top court yesterday rejected three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election defeat annulled, in what is likely a major blow to his case.

  • Anwar makes political comeback

    Anwar Ibrahim won an overwhelming mandate in a parliamentary by-election yesterday, officials said, setting the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics and sealing the once-jailed opposition figure's remarkable resurrection.

  • Malaysia frees Uighurs, defying China request

    Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who escaped from immigration detention in Thailand, their lawyer said yesterday, ignoring

  • World Bank's Human Capital Index

    Human Capital Index: Bangladesh outshines India, Pakistan

    A child born today in Bangladesh would be more productive than his peers in India and Pakistan, as the country fared better than its larger regional competitors in a new World Bank ranking.

  • Malaysia to abolish death penalty

    Malaysia has decided to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said yesterday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.