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Over 30 dead in Philippine landslides
MATNOG: Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak have killed over 30 people and 23 more are missing in the eastern Philippines, authorities said on Sunday. The deaths were reported in the small island province of Biliran, a day after the storm pounded the east of the archipelago nation. Kai-Tak tore across the major islands of Samar and Leyte on Saturday, toppling power lines in 39 towns or cities and damaging
 
 
Taliban kill 11 police officers in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR: At least 11 Afghan police officers were killed on Sunday when Taliban fighters assaulted their checkpoints in volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, authorities said. The assaults on two police post are the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Afghan security forces claimed by the Taliban. Taliban insurgents launched the attacks in the early morning in the Qalai Sang area of the provincial capital Lashka
   
Chinese plane flies near Taiwan amid simmering tensions
TAIPEI: At least one Chinese Air Force Yun-8 transport plane conducted a long-haul flight near Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s Defence Ministry said, amid simmering tensions between the two rivals. Taiwan dispatched its aircraft and ships to “monitor and deal with” the Yun8, which returned to its base after flying through the Bashi Channel and Miyako waterway, Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan said. It was unclear whether one plane
 
 
Indonesians hold rally to protest against US move
JAKARTA: Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested on Sunday against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. The rally was organised by the top Islamic authority the Indonesian Ulema Council and supported by the government as well as several other Islamic organisations. Police said 80,000 protesters
   
‘Loyal agent’ of North Korea charged in Australia
SYDNEY: A Sydney-based “loyal agent of North Korea” has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said on Sunday. The 59-year-old naturalised Australian citizen of Korean descent, named in local media as Chan Han Choi, was attempting to broker illicit deals that could have generated “tens of millions of
 
 
Army ordered to intensify raids against Red rebels
MANILA: Security forces have been ordered to intensify their operations and be prepared against more attacks and other acts of terrorism by communist insurgents who are observing their 49th founding anniversary on Dec.26. Lieutenant Colonel Ray Tiongson, the Army spokesman, explained the order aimed to protect civilians as well as help ensure the protection of human rights so as not to give the rebels an excuse to recruit follower
   
‘Stupid idea’ propels trailblazing Silk Road runner
Shanghai: The world today is enough to make some people want to get up and just run to the ends of the Earth, so that’s what Kai Markus decided to do. Troubled by what he sees as growing bigotry and division in the world, the German management consultant gave up a successful business to run the ancient Silk Road from Hamburg to Shanghai in a Quixotic quest to show that we are all one. Nine months, eight countries, 12,000
 
 
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