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15 army trainees killed in Kabul attack
KABUL: A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly attack in the capital. “This afternoon when a minibus carrying army cadets was coming out of the military academy, a suicide bomber on foot targeted them, martyring 15 and wounding four,” defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said. Meanwhile, the Daesh group claimed
 
 
Abe heads into vote in pole position
TOKYO: Candidates in Japan made a last-ditch plea to voters on Saturday on the last day of campaigning before an election expected to return Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power with a comfortable majority. Polls show Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are clear favourites to win Sunday’s election, handing him a fresh mandate for his hardline stance on North Korea and “Abenomics” growth strategy.
   
Thailand rehearses $90m funeral for late king
BANGKOK: Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners. Some held a mock-up of a golden urn that had held the remains of dead kings in the past. In the present, the king’s body is placed in a coffin but the urn is still used to
 
 
Death of most wanted terrorist confirmed
MANILA: A cabinet official on Saturday revealed that forensic experts of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have confirmed the killing of the Philippines most wanted terrorist even as a senior military officer expressed confidence that Marawi City would be “totally freed” from the extremists on Sunday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said FBI experts tested the DNA samples sent to them and confirmed these belonged to
   
Meeting Dalai Lama major offence, warns China
BEIJING: Foreign leaders can’t think they can get away with meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama just because they are doing it in a personal capacity, as they still represent their government, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday. China considers the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, to be a dangerous separatist. The Nobel Peace Prize winning
 
 
Fourteen feared dead in Malaysia landslide
TANJUNG BUNGAH: Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing on Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported, the fire and rescue department said. Pictures showed large piles of earth had slipped off a hillside onto the site, where houses were being
   
‘Standing breaks’ for Manila workers ordered
MANILA: After imposing a ban on the wearing of high heels at the workplaces, the Department of Labour and Employment came out with a new order for employers to accord “standing breaks” to their employees. Labour Secretary Silvestre Belloa said the order would apply to workers who have to spend long hours sitting like, for example, those employed in call centres. Under the order, Bello said employers should provide their workers
 
 
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