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Philippine towns covered in volcano ash

MANILA: A volcano in the eastern Philippines spewed a huge, dark cloud on Sunday, prompting evacuations from ash-covered towns while authorities warned of possible further eruptions. The blast from Bulusan volcano in the rural Sorsogon province...

Saudi women move from behind wheel to under the hood

An auto repair garage in Saudi Arabia is turning to an untapped source for new car mechanics: Saudi women, who just four years ago weren’t even allowed to drive. At the Petromin Express garage in Jeddah,...

North Korea fires missile after COVID cases prompt Kim to order lockdown

PYONGYANG: North Korea confirmed its first-ever COVID cases Thursday and declared a “serious emergency”, with leader Kim Jong Un appearing in a mask on television for the first time to order nationwide lockdowns. Hours after the shock...

Marcos Jr wins presidency in landslide

MANILA: The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos cemented a landslide presidential election victory Tuesday, after Filipinos bet a familiar but tainted dynasty could ease rampant poverty – while dismissing warnings the clan’s return will...

South Korea’s new leader Yoon calls on North to trade nukes for aid

SEOUL: South Korea’s new leader Yoon Suk-yeol on Tuesday called on the North to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for massive economic aid, describing Pyongyang’s missiles as a threat to regional and global security....

Marcos Jr holds runaway lead in Philippine poll

MANILA: The son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Tuesday headed for a historic landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, after Filipinos brushed aside warnings about weakening their already fragile democracy. Nearly 40 years...

Ex-security chief anointed Hong Kong’s leader

HONG KONG: A former security chief who oversaw the crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement was anointed the business hub’s new leader on Sunday by a small committee of Beijing loyalists. John Lee, 64, was the...

Thousands of security forces on alert ahead of Philippine polls

MANILA: More than 60,000 security forces in the Philippines were on alert Sunday to safeguard ballots and polling stations on the eve of the presidential election, after police reported four people killed in an outbreak of...

Philippine priests back Marcos rival in high stakes campaign

MANILA: Hundreds of Philippine priests on Thursday endorsed the main rival to former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s son, just days ahead of a presidential election they called a “battle for the soul” of the nation. About 200...

Hong Kong more unequal as Carrie Lam leaves office

HONG KONG: Hong Kong has emerged a more unequal city, its freedoms curtailed and international shine dulled after five years with Carrie Lam at the helm, analysts say, as her turbulent leadership draws to an end....

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