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Mohammad Ashadul Islam placed all his hopes for a better life for his family in Bangladesh on getting a construction job in Singapore. He sold his father’s land and fish farm and also borrowed money from banks and relatives to pay S$17,000 ($12,000) in fees to multiple agencies who helped arrange the job and his […]

Frontline state mortified at anti-terror summit Humiliating the royal way | Ready-to-speak Nawaz not invited to address Riyadh moot | Trump names India among terror victim states, skips Pakistan | Iran bashed at forum May 22, 2017 Salim Bokhari RIYADH – Something has gone terribly wrong. This is the only way one can describe what […]

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. — BBC file photo The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance. He […]

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Two Bangladeshi asylum seekers in Japan cleared up radioactive contamination from one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters on the false promise doing so would win them permission to stay in the country longer, media reported yesterday. The Fukushima nuclear plant suffered multiple meltdowns after being hit by a tsunami triggered by a big earthquake […]

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A Rohingya refugee child works on a new house at an unregistered refugee camp in Kutupalang in Cox’s Bazar on Monday. — Reuters photo Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar have told how government forces gang-raped women, slit people’s throats and threw children into burning houses, a UN envoy has said after a mission […]

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A still image from a CCTV footage appears to show a man purported to be Kim Jong Nam talking to security personnel, after being accosted by a woman in a white shirt, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Feb 13, 2017. FUJITV/ via Reuters TV North Korea blamed Malaysia on Thursday for the […]

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Malaysian police named on Wednesday a senior official in the North Korean embassy and another linked to its state airline, wanted for questioning over the murder last week of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother. Kim Jong Nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 while he was preparing […]

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Security camera footage obtained by Japanese television appears to show a careful and deliberate attack last week on the exiled half brother of North Korea’s ruler, while Malaysia said Monday it had recalled its ambassador to North Korea amid rising tensions between the nations. The footage, obtained by Fuji TV and often grainy and blurred, […]

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From left, Barack Obama and Dalai Lama. US president Barack Obama met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at the White House on Wednesday despite a warning by China that it would damage diplomatic relations. The meeting came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and China over Beijing’s assertive […]

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A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded as tsunami warnings were canceled. Indonesian and Australian authorities called off their tsunami alerts within two hours of the 7.8 magnitude tremor, though it […]

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It could be the plot of a dystopian thriller: the sudden outbreak of a disease that spreads almost invisibly, for which there is no cure and no vaccination, but which is linked to horrific deformity in babies and may cause some adults’ immune defences to attack their own nervous systems. But Zika is no fiction. […]

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Australia confident about solving mystery after Malaysia confirms debris is from the missing plane  Chinese relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 expressed anger and disbelief yesterday, after Malaysia’s prime minister said wreckage found on a French Indian Ocean island was from the plane. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced a two-metre-long (almost seven-foot) wing […]

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