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Duterte confirms Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist Mahmud Ahmad dead: Reports

19 Oct

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military, according to local news reports. The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Duterte as saying in a speech in Manila that “there were three”: “Hapilon, Omar, at iyong […]

US drone strike kills militant whose group killed 250 in Pakistan

19 Oct

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: The leader of a Pakistani militant group whose suicide bombings killed more than 250 people died on Thursday of injuries from a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militants said. Omar Khalid Khorasani’s death comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit and is likely to […]

US carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang

19 Oct

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan: The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action. The U.S. Navy’s biggest warship in Asia, with a crew […]

Malaysia in talks with US firm Ocean Infinity to resume MH370 search

19 Oct

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is negotiating with US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. MH370 vanished three years ago somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Its disappearance has become one of the world’s greatest aviation […]

Fire destroys five-star hotel in Yangon; 1 dead

19 Oct

YANGON: One man has died and two were injured after a huge fire broke out at a luxury lakeside hotel in Yangon on Thursday (Oct 19) morning.¬† The fire, which started at around 3am, raced through the popular Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and destroyed the teak upper floors of the hotel. The cement ground and first […]

Philippines says ‘big possibility’ key Malaysian militant killed in Marawi

19 Oct

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a “big possibility” that top Malaysian operative Mahmud Ahmad was killed in a battle overnight in Marawi City, during which 13 rebels were killed. Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of operations in Marawi, said further investigation was required, including questioning of hostages and scientific […]

Pakistan hails new Afghan border fence to curb militancy

18 Oct

ANGOOR ADDA: Pakistan’s military took the rare step of flying international media to the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday (Oct 18) to showcase its efforts to harden the porous, militancy-wracked frontier: a chain-link fence shrouded in barbed wire. The roughly 10-foot tall fence, which Pakistan announced it had begun building in March, stretches through parts […]

Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies: study

18 Oct

MIAMI: Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said on Wednesday (Oct 18). The findings suggest stronger measures are needed to prevent people from consuming chemicals called aristolochic acids (AA), which are derived from the woody vines of the Aristolochia plant family, […]

Singaporean missing on Hokkaido mountain found alive: Report

18 Oct

ASAHIKAWA, Japan: A Singaporean woman along with three companions who had gone missing while hiking the highest peak in Hokkaido were found alive on Wednesday (Oct 18) afternoon, Kyodo News reported quoting police officials. The four hikers – including a Japanese couple and a Malaysian man – had lost their way while descending the 2,291-metre […]

Singaporean missing on Hokkaido mountain found alive: Report

18 Oct

ASAHIKAWA, Japan: A Singaporean woman along with three companions who had gone missing while hiking the highest peak in Hokkaido were found alive on Wednesday (Oct 18) afternoon, Kyodo News reported quoting police officials. The four hikers – including a Japanese couple and a Malaysian man – had lost their way while descending the 2,291-metre […]