Taiwan mistakenly fires missile toward China, hitting trawler

July 1, 2016 8:53 pm

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile towards China on Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate. The domestically … Read more »

China landslide leaves at least 20 missing

July 1, 2016 8:53 pm

BEIJING: Heavy rain unleashed a landslide Friday that killed one person and left 20 others missing in China, state media said. The landslide hit early morning and buried 29 people in the village of Pianpo, in the southwestern province of … Read more »

Polls point to Aussie poll cliffhanger

July 1, 2016 8:52 pm

SYDNEY: Australia’s leaders made last-gasp pitches on Friday to woo voters on the eve of elections as polls pointed to a cliffhanger and the media swung behind “reformer” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Liberal Turnbull and Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten … Read more »

China talks tough ahead of tribunal ruling

July 1, 2016 8:52 pm

BEIJING: China will never compromise on sovereignty, President Xi Jinping said on Friday ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims, as he celebrated the Communist Party’s 95th anniversary. The ruling party must maintain absolute power in the … Read more »

HK protests mark day city handed back to China

July 1, 2016 8:51 pm

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands of protesters are due to march in Hong Kong on Friday to mark the anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China, with pro-independence groups rallying for the first time amid fears Beijing is … Read more »

Mideast Quartet gives Israel, Palestinians ‘wakeup call’

July 1, 2016 8:51 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: A much-awaited report by the Middle East diplomatic quartet should serve as a “wakeup call” to Israel to halt the expansion of settlements and to the Palestinians to renounce violence, the UN envoy said on Thursday … Read more »

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

July 1, 2016 8:50 pm

WASHINGTON: Transgender personnel will no longer be barred from serving openly in the US military, the Pentagon announced on Thursday (Friday in Manila)—a major milestone that immediately drew fire from Republican lawmakers. Lifting the ban on transgender service members is … Read more »

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

July 1, 2016 8:50 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN General Assembly on Thursday (Friday in Manila) elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year. The two countries agreed to split … Read more »

US Joint Base says ‘miscommunication’ sparked lockdown

July 1, 2016 8:50 pm

WASHINGTON: US Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, the home base of the presidential plane Air Force One, said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that a “miscommunication” about an active shooter training exercise led to a brief lockdown of the site. … Read more »

US adds Al-Qaeda South Asia affiliate to ‘terror’ list

July 1, 2016 7:54 pm

WASHINGTON: The United States added Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, a regional branch of the global extremist network, to its terror blacklist on Thursday. The State Department designated AQIS a “foreign terrorist organization” and its leader, Indian-born Asim Umar, a … Read more »