China’s Baidu summoned over death of student

May 3, 2016 8:06 pm

BEIJING: The head of Chinese search giant Baidu has been summoned by the country’s authorities, reports said on Tuesday, as the firm faced a barrage of criticism over the death of a student who used its search engine for a … Read more »

Asia’s boat people trapped in desperate limbo

May 3, 2016 8:06 pm

BAYEUN, Indonesia: One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution. Sonamia was among about 400 starving people … Read more »

India forest fires flare close to Shimla railway

May 3, 2016 8:05 pm

SHIMLA, India: Forest fires raging in India’s Himalayan region crept perilously close to a famous British-era railway track on Tuesday, as panicked residents fought off blazes threatening to engulf their homes. Dubbed the “toy train” and dotted with tiny wooden … Read more »

8 Bangladeshis arrested for alleged IS terror plot

May 3, 2016 8:05 pm

SINGAPORE: The Singapore government on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight Bangladeshi men who allegedly plotted terror attacks, including assassinations, back home to establish an Islamic state. The suspects were arrested under the tough Internal Security Act in April and … Read more »

Iraqi forces retake road to isolated Anbar city

May 3, 2016 8:05 pm

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces advancing from two opposite directions in Anbar have joined up, reducing the isolation of the city of Haditha, military sources said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). A statement from Iraq’s joint operations command coordinating the fight against … Read more »

NZ’s Clark starts UN campaign tour

May 3, 2016 8:04 pm

PARIS: New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark was in Paris on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at the start of a tour of key world capitals in her campaign to head the United Nations. Although Clark would become the first … Read more »

US launches bid to save Syria truce

May 3, 2016 8:04 pm

GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a desperate push on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to salvage a ceasefire in Syria, as the country’s second city of Aleppo reeled from a week of fighting that killed hundreds of civilians. … Read more »

Venezuela opposition homes in on Maduro

May 3, 2016 8:03 pm

CARACAS: Venezuela’s opposition will present reams of signatures to election authorities on Tuesday calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the country’s crushing economic crisis. Venezuelans fed up with food shortages, soaring inflation and … Read more »

Indonesian villagers ‘mistook sex toy for angel’

May 3, 2016 8:03 pm

JAKARTA: Indonesian villagers thought they had been blessed by an angel fallen from heaven when a beautiful doll washed up on a beach — only to discover it was an inflatable sex toy. Rapidly-spreading reports of a heavenly offering and … Read more »

Scientists discover three ‘potentially habitable’ planets

May 3, 2016 8:02 pm

PARIS: An international team of scientists said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system. The three orbit an ultracool dwarf … Read more »