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- Seven killed in cable car crash in Kashmir ski resort town
25 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
Four Indian tourists and three local residents died on Sunday when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 metres in a tourist town in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
Four other people were injured in the accident in the resort town of Gulmarg, said senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain.
One of the injured was in critical condition.
Hussain said gusty winds in the area uprooted a huge pine tree that hit the cable, bringing it down to the ground.
The dead included a New Delhi...
- Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of Singapore PM, seen at Hong Kong airport
25 Jun 2017 at 6:15am
Lee Hsien Yang, the estranged brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, flew to Hong Kong over the weekend as a highly publicised family feud between the siblings continues to unfold in the city state.
Lee Hsien Yang and wife, Lim Suet Fern, boarded a Cathay Pacific flight and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday.
The purpose of their visit is unknown, but when approached by reporters, Lee, a former chief of the nation’s telecommunications giant Singtel, only...
- The worst oil tanker fires around the world
25 Jun 2017 at 5:14am
Here are the most serious such incidents around the world over the past decade.
● November 17, 2016, Mozambique: At least 93 killed and dozens wounded when an oil tanker carrying petrol explodes in the west of the country. Hundreds of people were trying to siphon off the fuel at the time.
● May 8, 2016, Afghanistan: At least 73 killed after two buses collided with an oil tanker, sparking a massive fire on a road in the east of the country. Most victims died in the fire.
- Road to nowhere? Ahead of Mongolian election, voters fret over China investment
25 Jun 2017 at 2:47am
A few miles from Mongolia’s giant Tavan Tolgoi mine, about 2,000 trucks a day set off across the Gobi desert, delivering coal to China on a road so narrow and ridden with pot holes it has become an accident black spot.
Nearby stand the foundations of a railway meant to connect Tavan Tolgoi to China to the south. The unfinished line would enable cash-strapped, landlocked Mongolia to sell more coal at higher prices to its biggest customer, which could also finance the project.
- Teenage girls as dessert: Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition among local...
25 Jun 2017 at 2:22am
When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as “dessert”.
The tradition – known by the euphemistic Thai phrase “treat to food, lay down the mat” – refers to the expectation that underlings lavish superiors and VIPs with local delicacies, top-notch accommodation and sex services....
- ?It?s personal?: jailed opponent of Duterte?s drug war has no regrets
25 Jun 2017 at 2:05am
Philippine police have arrested more than 80,000 people during President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, but few as prominent or defiant as Leila de Lima.
A Philippine senator and Duterte’s long-time foe, de Lima was arrested in February on drugs charges she says were trumped up as part of a presidential vendetta.
Held at police detention facility in Manila that she shares with murder suspects and mangy cats, the 57-year-old lawyer remains implacably critical of the anti-...
- Cigarette may have caused fire that killed at least 153 people in Pakistan af...
25 Jun 2017 at 1:13am
An oil tanker crashed on a road in Pakistan on Sunday and at least 153 people, many of whom had rushed to collect leaking fuel, were killed when it exploded, apparently after someone lit a cigarette, officials said.
The tanker overturned on a sharp bend on a highway on the outskirts of the city of Bahawalpur. The driver lost control when the vehicle blew a tire, a provincial government spokesman said.
A large crowd of people gathered, many to collect fuel in containers, and the tanker exploded...
- What?s at stake for China as unsure Modi meets unpredictable Trump?
25 Jun 2017 at 12:30am
That electric September night three years ago now seems like a distant dream.
Visiting the United States for the first time after being elected India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi was soaking up the spotlight at a Madison Square Garden extravaganza. Cheered on by nearly 20,000 Indian Americans, he delivered a stirring “I have a dream” speech underlining India’s rise, the success of the Indian diaspora, and the strength of the bonds that tie the world’s two...
- A brief pause in Marawi bloodshed as Philippine troops declare Islamic holida...
25 Jun 2017 at 12:20am
Fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels holed up in the heart of a southern Philippine town eased on Sunday as the military sought to enforce a temporary truce to mark the Eid ul-Fitr Islamic holiday.
Small skirmishes took place early in the day in parts of Marawi City, where fighters loyal to Islamic State were clinging on for a fifth week, as rebel snipers fired on positions held by troops who declared a unilateral, eight-hour halt on offensives until early in the afternoon....
- What will become of Cambodia?s endangered tuk-tuk drivers?
24 Jun 2017 at 8:32pm
For the past 20 years, Poch Naht has parked his tuk-tuk in the same spot on Phnom Penh’s bustling Sothearos Boulevard. He spends his days waiting to take passengers around the city, earning between US$5-US$10 a day, which he uses to support his wife and three children. “You can say it’s difficult,” Naht said of his work. “Some days you get some money, some days you do not.”
In recent years, as Cambodia has emerged from economic obscurity and Phnom Penh has...
- One of America?s ?most wanted? terrorists may have fled Marawi battle
24 Jun 2017 at 8:42am
One of America’s most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said on Saturday.
Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, has not been seen in the battle zone in Marawi City, said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of the military’s Western Mindanao Command.
An attempt by government troops to...
- Anti-China sentiment and centuries-old hostilities take centre stage in Mongo...
24 Jun 2017 at 4:30am
The waving flags, triumphant song and rousing speeches of a Mongolian presidential campaign rally were interrupted by a fight that broke out in the crowd. A group of men had entered the event for Democratic Party candidate Khaltmaa Battulga on Friday carrying posters denouncing the businessman, prompting his supporters to shove the interlopers and tear up their placards, all the while chanting: “You’re mixed Chinese! You’re mixed Chinese!”
The jeer – intended to be...
- Family feud: Lotte founder leaves board ?against his will? as eldest son?s bi...
24 Jun 2017 at 4:16am
The founder of Lotte Holdings, embroiled in a family feud over its management, has left the board after around 70 years, following a board proposal approved by shareholders Saturday.
The reason for the resignation of South Korean-born founder Takeo Shigemitsu, 94, was old age, according to the unlisted holding company based in Tokyo.
The founder’s eldest son Hiroyuki, 63, who was dismissed as a company executive in 2015, told reporters after the meeting that he had proposed as a...
- Vietnam police detain French dissident for deportation
24 Jun 2017 at 3:51am
Vietnamese police detained a French dissident of Vietnamese descent for deportation on Friday after the Communist state revoked his Vietnamese citizenship last month, his wife said.
Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old activist and mathematics lecturer, had dual French and Vietnamese citizenship before Vietnam cancelled his citizenship without giving a reason, a move that drew criticism from human rights groups.
Despite sweeping reforms to the economy and growing openness to social change, the...
- Papua New Guinea goes to the polls as prime minister urges voters to keep the...
24 Jun 2017 at 1:34am
Voting began in Papua New Guinea elections on Saturday with the Pacific nation’s leader urging peaceful polling to show it has “come of age”, as he seeks another term to fix an economy under siege.
Peter O’Neill’s People’s National Congress won the last election in 2012, and he has campaigned on delivering key infrastructure and providing free education and health to a country that remains mired in poverty.
“I appeal to all our citizens to peacefully...