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North Korea dismantles N-test site
PUNGGYE-RI: North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site on Thursday, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists. The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were centered on three tunnels into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the surrounding area.
 
 
Najib questioned for second time over graft claims
PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrived at the anti-graft agency on Thursday to be questioned for a second time this week over a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal following his shock election loss. Najib’s coalition suffered a defeat at the May 9 poll which ended their six-decade hold on power, beaten by a reformist alliance led by Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir, who first served as premier from 1981-2003 and
   
China finds ‘no clues’ behind US staff brain trauma
BEIJING: China has found no clues to determine what caused a US government employee to suffer a brain trauma after experiencing unusual sounds, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The US State Department has said the incident in the southern city of Guangzhou resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year. “China has conducted a very careful investigation and has given
 
 
‘Nut rage’ Korean Air heiress quizzed for illegal maids
SEOUL: A Korean Air heiress known for a “nut rage” tantrum that sparked national uproar was summoned for questioning on Thursday for illegally hiring immigrants to work as maids, the latest scandal to engulf her billionaire family. Cho Hyun-ah kept her head bowed as she reported to immigration authorities in Seoul on Thursday. “I’m sorry to cause trouble,” she said in a quiet voice before entering the office. She faces
   
Li Keqiang says China protects human rights
BEIJING: Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday China’s constitution protects human rights after he was asked about Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo, with concern growing that Beijing will not allow her to leave the country. Liu Xia, an artist and poet who suffers from depression, has been under effective house arrest since her husband was awarded the prize in 2010. She has never been charged with any
 
 
‘No reason yet to lift martial law in Mindanao’
MANILA: There is no reason yet to lift martial law in troubled Mindanao despite the liberation of Marawi City from the deadly siege laid by Daesh-linked terrorists, according to a Malacanang Palace official. “No one wants martial law beyond the necessity of removing martial law,” Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, told a Malacanang media briefing, pointing out the danger and threats posed by local terror groups continued.
   
Philippine lawmakers pave way for national ID
MANILA: Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives paved the way for the implementation of a national identification (ID) system aimed not only at making transactions with the government easier but also helping deter criminality. Senator Panfilo Lacson, one of the principal authors, disclosed that representatives of a bicameral committee from the two legislative chambers agreed to adopt the Senate version that will
 
 
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