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S.Korea fires at object from North
SEOUL: South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China. The identity of the object remained unclear, the military said, but Yonhap news agency said it was possibly a drone, more than 90 shots were fired in return and it disappeared from radar screens. The incursion came
 
 
10 Afghan soldiers killed in base attack
KANDAHAR: At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when militants attacked their army base in the southern province of Kandahar, the defence ministry said on Tuesday, in the latest attack on Western-backed forces. The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late on Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their outposts in the neighbouring province of Zabul. No group has so far claimed
   
Thailand reassures people following hospital attack
BANGKOK: Thailand’s foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people. Thailand has been ruled by a junta since a May 2014 coup. The attack on Monday coincided with the third anniversary of the takeover and the army has blamed the incident on groups opposed to
 
 
Army clears itself of Rohingya atrocity claims
YANGON: Myanmar’s army on Tuesday cleared itself of allegations that troops may have carried out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, but said a soldier had been jailed for taking a motorbike. More than 70,000 members of the persecuted minority fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after the military launched a widespread crackdown late last year in the north of Rakhine state to hunt down insurgents who attacked police border posts.
   
Japan passes controversial anti-terror bill
TOKYO: Japan’s lower house approved a bill on Tuesday allowing authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes, legislation that opponents say could be used to undermine basic civil liberties. The proposed legislation, called the “conspiracy bill,” still requires upper house approval. The government says it’s needed to fight terrorism and organised crime, especially before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
 
 
Duterte enjoys one-year impeachment immunity
MANILA: A powerful committee in the House of Representatives formally dismissed an impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte for his alleged involvement in extra-judicial killings that resulted from the bloody war on illegal drugs. Congressman Reynaldo Umali of Occidental Mindoro province in Southern Luzon, the committee chairman, explained this meant that Duterte is now immune from another impeachment
   
Asean military chiefs unite against terrorism
MANILA: Senior military officers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed to work closely together to combat terrorist threats particularly those posed by the Daesh extremists in the Middle East. Colonel Edgard Arevelo, the spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), reported that the military chiefs adopted this stand during the 14th Asean Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting hosted by
 
 
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