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BEIJING: South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing. Moon is also expected to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis during his four-day trip, which includes talks with…

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Criminal charges were filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) against trader George Sycip, son of the late tycoon Washington Sycip, and officers and members of Alliance International Inc. (Alliance), a tuna canning firm, for violation of Sections 74 and 75, in relation to Section 144 of the Corporation Code…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest. A report from the New York-based rights group said that while the financial hub was an economic…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and an attached agency, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), are using privately-owned Internet domains to provide services to millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), putting at risk the private data of workers and in violation of the government’s Internet domain policy, according…

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DHAKA: A Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said on Wednesday. The imam and five mosque officials face charges after their announcement prompted locals in the western town of Kumarkhali to try and prevent women from going…

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BEIJING: A building fire killed five people and injured eight in one of Beijing’s migrant neighborhoods Wednesday, just weeks after local authorities began mass evictions in response to another deadly blaze. Beijing mayor Cai Qi visited the injured in the hospital and visited the fire scene, the official Xinhua news…

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700. Health workers in Bangladesh said they had been caught unawares by the outbreak of the bacterial disease in the Rohingya refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh.…

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A community newspaper columnist and human rights advocate was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday while on board a bus in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Sherwin de Vera, a columnist for Northern Dispatch, an Ilocos Sur weekly newspaper, was arrested in Barangay Bulag on his way home from…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Zamboanga City has belied the claim of the Peace and Order Council in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) that the group and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are no longer in the area. The Regional Peace and Order Council-IX (RPOC-IX)…

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BACOLOD CITY: Five police stations in Negros Occidental are targets of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacks, according to the provincial police chief. Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr. said they received an intelligence report that the communist rebels are targeting the police stations in the cities of Cadiz and Himamaylan,…