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Villagers mourn deadly landslide victims
XINMO (China): Villagers in China visited what used to be their relatives’ homes on Monday to mourn loved ones lost when a landslide swept down a mountain, with little hope of finding anyone alive after more than 48 hours of fruitless searching. At least 93 people are missing after the landslide engulfed Xinmo village in mountainous Sichuan province as dawn broke on Saturday. Ten people have been confirmed dead. Frustration
 
 
Faithful pray for peace on Eid
SINGAPORE: Muslims in Asia celebrated the Eid Al Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Holy Month of Ramadan. As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid Al Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries. The day begins with early morning prayers and then family visits and
   
Beijing grants medical parole to Nobel laureate Liu
Beijing: China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said on Monday, worrying supporters who pleaded for his unconditional release. Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, his lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP. The 61-year-old democracy
 
 
Expert worried about Marawi evacuees’ health
MANILA: A senior regional health officer expressed alarm over the worsening health conditions of the estimated 300,000 evacuees even as clashes between government forces and the Daesh-linked terrorists resumed after the eight-hour truce ended on Sunday. Dr Kadil Sinolinding, the health secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), revealed that many of the volunteer health workers were already physically and
   
S.Korea’s Moon heads to US as North threat grows
Seoul: South Korea’s dovish new President Moon Jae-In — who backs engagement with the nuclear-armed North — heads to Washington this week for talks with his hawkish US counterpart Donald Trump, as Pyongyang defies international sanctions to accelerate its missile programme. Centre-left Moon suggested on the campaign trail that as president he would be willing to go to Pyongyang before Washington, but he is making the US his
 
 
Myanmar and Thailand torch $1b of seized drugs
Yangon: Myanmar and Thailand started torching nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as law enforcement struggles to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region. The burnings, to mark world anti-drugs day, follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar, Laos, southern China and northern Thailand. Myanmar remains one of the world’s great drug
   
Manila lawyers group backs court in row with MPs
MANILA: The country’s biggest lawyers group has defended the Court of Appeals (CA) in its worsening dispute with leaders of the House of Representatives who threatened to work for its abolition. In a statement, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) upheld the legality of the CA order for the House to release on bail of six officials of Ilocos Norte in Northern Luzon who were cited for contempt and detained by a powerful
 
 
Filipino VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days
BALO-I: The vice president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday for a swift end to an urban siege by rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo to an evacuation centre in Balo-i for residents who escaped a month-long conflict in nearby Marawi City adds to speculation about the health of 72-year-old President
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