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Hunt for missing MH370 abandoned
SYDNEY: After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration on Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane. The Joint Agency Co-ordination Center in Australia, which helped lead the $160 million hunt for the Boeing 777 in remote waters west of Australia, said the search
 
 
Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises
TAIPEI: Taiwan began two days of military drills on Tuesday simulating an attack by China as the government sought to reassure the public in the face of deteriorating relations with Beijing. The island’s armed forces gathered in central Taiwan for annual drills that saw troops practice combat skills with tanks, attack helicopters and artillery. “The military has active measures to deal with the situation in the Taiwan Strait
   
N.Korea tells Obama to get ‘packing’
SEOUL: North Korea denounced outgoing US President Barack Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on “packing” as he exits the White House. The US Treasury Department last week added seven individuals - among them Kim’s younger sister Yo-Jong - to America’s growing list of North Koreans sanctioned for “serious” rights abuses. The Treasury announcement came as the US
 
 
S.Korea minister grilled over arts blacklist
SEOUL: South Korea’s culture minister was questioned by prosecutors on Tuesday over allegations that the government blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs, the first incumbent cabinet minister to be formally interviewed in the scandal surrounding President Park Geun-Hye. The summoning of Cho Yoon-Sun, one of Park’s staunch loyalists, indicates the probe will continue to reverberate through the government
   
Japan pledges aid to Vietnam for security
HANOI: Japan pledged $1.1 billion to Vietnam as part of a sprawling aid package that targets maritime and security affairs to bolster ties in the face of regional powerhouse China. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China over the busy South China Sea. Abe’s stop in Vietnam completes a tour through an arc of
 
 
Vessel sinks off Manila Bay, crewman saved
MANILA: Fire ripped through a local cargo vessel and sank off Manila Bay with one crewman saved and 10 others missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Tuesday. The tragedy occurred as officials said that non-stop heavy and torrential rain brought floods that swamped wide areas in Mindanao and the Visayas, killing at least seven people most of them children and forcing the evacuation of thousands of families.
   
Court rules Marcos can be sued for damages
MANILA: The Court of Appeals (CA) allowed a Metro Manila lower court to proceed with its hearing of a class suit filed by martial law victims who are seeking damages against the heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In a three-page resolution, the CA ordered the regional court in suburban Makati City, Metro Manila, to resume hearing the petition seeking the enforcement of the $2 billion damages awarded to the Marcos
 
 
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