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SEOUL: A former senior official of South Korea’s spy agency was detained on Tuesday over allegations that he led efforts by the organization to undermine critics of the country’s previous conservative governments. Choo Myeong-Ho, a former department head at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), is suspected of directing a string…

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TOKYO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine on Tuesday, risking protest from China and South Korea which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo’s warring past. The conservative premier—who has been criticized for what some see as a revisionist take on…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Three companies have offered to resume the search for flight MH370 but no decision has been reached on whether to take up any of the proposals, a Malaysian minister said on Tuesday. US seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity, Dutch company Fugro—which was involved in the original hunt—and a…

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TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide win in Japan’s upcoming election, the latest survey suggested Monday, as a new party founded by Tokyo’s popular governor loses momentum. Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is projected to win as many as 303 of the 465 seats…

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SEONGNAM, South Korea: The United States and South Korea on Monday launched a joint naval exercise in a fresh show of force against North Korea over its growing missile and nuclear threats. Tensions over the North’s weapons programs have soared in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out a series of…

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SEOUL: Former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye’s defense lawyers resigned en masse Monday in protest at what they called a biased corruption trial, as the ex-leader described the proceedings as “political revenge.” Park faces multiple charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power for offering governmental favors to tycoons, and…

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SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh: At least 10 people drowned and dozens more are missing after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh sank on Monday, as another 12,000 people joined a half-million-strong exodus sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar. The boat was carrying an estimated 50 people when…

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s ruling party on Monday voted to redistribute parliamentary seats held by the embattled main opposition if—as expected—it is dissolved by a court in coming weeks. Prime Minister Hun Sen has hacked away at the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in recent months, chasing most of its 55…

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MOGADISHU: At least 276 people have been killed and 300 injured by a massive truck bomb that tore through a busy shopping district of Mogadishu, the government said Monday, making it the deadliest attack ever to hit conflict torn Somalia. Desperate residents of the capital searched for news of missing…

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CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro claimed a landslide victory Sunday (Monday in Manila) in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela on Sunday, based on official results that the opposition immediately rejected. Maduro’s socialist party won governorships of 17 of the 23 states with the opposition Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) coalition taking…