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Maldives party sacks leader after revolt
MALE: The Maldives’ ruling party has sacked the country’s former strongman president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as its leader after he led an unsuccessful rebellion against his half-brother, who is now in power. The decision came late on Monday after Gayoom entered a pact over the weekend with exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed and then tried to persuade his supporters to vote against the
 
 
S.Korea ferry workers find human remains
SEOUL: Salvage workers who raised South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry found bone fragments on Tuesday believed to be from victims missing since the 2014 disaster, the maritime ministry said. The wreck was brought to the surface last week in a complex salvage operation, nearly three years after it went down with the death of more than 300 people, and placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore. Almost
   
Widodo is open to death penalty review
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said he would restore a moratorium on the death penalty if he won the backing of the people, after a spate of executions that drew international condemnation. Widodo declared an anti-drugs campaign soon after coming to power in 2014 and refused all requests for pardons from death-row drug convicts, ending a four-year moratorium. But in recent months he has softened his position. Asked
 
 
EU summons envoy over Duterte tirade
MANILA: The European Union announced it summoned a senior Philippine diplomat to explain the latest expletive-laden tirade against the EU by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte including the hanging of EU officials for opposing the move to re-impose the death penalty. In an announcement, the EU external action service, considered the equivalent of its foreign office, said it summoned on Monday Alan Deniego, the Philippine charge
   
Lam determined to tackle high cost of housing
HONG KONG: Hong Kong-leader elect Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she was “very determined” to tackle the high cost of housing in the densely populated city, among the top concerns of foreign business people working there. Lam, the Chinese-controlled financial hub’s former chief secretary, was chosen on Sunday by a 1,200-person committee to lead the city, pledging in her victory speech to unite political divisions, illustrated by
 
 
Taiwan ex-leader found not guilty in leaks case
TAIPEI: A Taiwanese court on Tuesday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, one of a series of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year. Ma was acquitted of leaking secrets and of defamation. He will face a new trial after state prosecutors brought fresh leaks charges against him earlier this month. “Defendant Ma Ying-jeou is found not guilty” of violating the Communication
   
Philippine mayor axed for immorality
MANILA: A Philippine mayor has lost his argument that he should not be penalised for immorality because at present there are only a “few public officials who have no mistresses” in the country. Instead, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales threw out the argument of Mayor Denny Refol of the town of Altavas, Aklan province in the Visayas and ordered his suspension for six months for “disgraceful and immoral conduct.” Morales said
 
 
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