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S.Korea, US gear up for war games
SEOUL: In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards - not tanks - that South Korean and the US forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for war. The Aug.21 to Aug.31 exercises involve computer simulations designed to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea. The wargames, details of which are a closely guarded
 
 
High security as Afghanistan marks I-Day
KABUL: Afghan security forces were on high alert on Saturday as the war-weary country, reeling from a number of high-profile deadly attacks, prepared to mark its independence day with muted celebrations. There was an increased police presence in the capital Kabul where pop star Aryana Sayeed had vowed to give a concert and President Ashraf Ghani was due to host a private ceremony for Afghan dignitaries. “All of our police units a
   
Killing of OFW’s son in drug war sparks outrage
MANILA: The killing of a 17-year-old son of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) employed as a maid in Gulf in the government’s brutal and bloody war on illegal drugs has sparked nationwide denunciation and outrage amid charges that he was the victim of a “rubout.” Police claimed they killed Kian Loyd delos Santos, a Grade 12 student of a private school, when he allegedly resisted arrested and instead fired at them in suburban
 
 
Philippine ex-governor jailed over fertiliser scam
MANILA: A special court called the Sandiganbayan convicted the former governor of Sorsogon province in the Bicol Region for the misuse of funds released by the Department of Agriculture reportedly to help the successful re-election bid of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004. In a 31-page ruling, the Sandibangayan said it found former Sorsogon governor Raul Lee guilty beyond reasonable doubt for four counts of graft for
   
Xiaobo’s widow reappears in an online video
BEIJING: The widow of late Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo has resurfaced in an online video, weeks after her friends raised concerns about her fate at the hands of the authorities. Liu Xia was last seen in government-released images of her dissident husband’s sea burial on July 15, and China has been under international pressure to free her and let her travel abroad. Liu Xia, 56, has been under de facto house arrest since her
 
 
S.Korean held for duping Thais into sex trade
BANGKOK: A South Korean man accused of duping over 20 Thai women into forced prostitution in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, an officer said on Saturday. Kim Hyoung Joon, 39, is believed to be part of a transnational gang funnelling Thai women into the sex trade in South Korea, and his arrest follows efforts by Bangkok and Seoul to dismantle the group. Thai police said Joon promised women jobs as masseuses in South
   
Malaysia holds off on Filipino’s execution: Manila
MANILA: Malaysia has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a convicted Filipino murderer following an appeal by Manila, Philippine officials said on Saturday. Ejah Jaafar, whose age was not given, was scheduled to hang on Friday after being found guilty of murder in Malaysia in 2006. But following an appeal by the Philippine mission in Kuala Lumpur, Jaafar’s case was referred back to the pardons board in Sabah state
 
 
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