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HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said Sunday they were investigating a deadly bus accident that left 19 people dead and scores more injured, with the bus driver arrested for dangerous driving.The double-decker bus overturned Saturday evening near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories, flipping onto its…

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SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South’s President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang on Saturday, Seoul said, even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang’s Olympic charm offensive. The invitation, delivered by Kim’s visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet…

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: South Korea on Saturday investigated a mysterious internet shutdown during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which follows warnings of possible cyberattacks during the Pyeongchang Games. Internal internet and wifi systems crashed at about 7:15 p.m. (1015 GMT) on Friday and were still not back to normal at…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe. In a letter to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday (Saturday in Manila), White House counsel Don McGahn says the memo “contains numerous properly classified and especially…

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UNITED NATIONS: One month after the Trump administration announced a drastic funding cut to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, only one country, Kuwait, has stepped forward to offer additional funding, senior UNRWA officials said on Friday (Saturday in Manila). The United States announced in January that it would give…

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TOKYO: The US Navy said on Saturday it was probing sailors at a base in Japan over alleged drug use and vowed no tolerance for any misconduct. The Navy’s 7th fleet said that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating the Yokosuka-based sailors for alleged dug use and distribution.…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s veteran former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has been picked to lead an opposition bid for election victory, has been admitted to hospital with a chest infection, authorities said on Saturday. The 92-year-old, who has joined forces with his former protégé-turned-nemesis Anwar Ibrahim in an attempt to…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam met and shook hands Friday ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Kim Yong Nam, who is officially leading Pyongyang’s diplomatic delegation to the Games, met Moon at a leaders’ reception ahead of the…

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HUALIEN, Taiwan: After hours of painstaking search efforts, Taiwanese rescue workers pulled two more bodies from the flattened remains of a hotel Friday, bringing the death toll from a deadly 6.4-magnitude quake to 12. Scores of emergency responders combed the rubble of the lower floors of the 12-storey Yun Tsui…

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