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US documents violence against Rohingya
UNITED NATIONS: The United States said on Monday it had found evidence of systematic violence by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya minority, including widespread killings and rape. The State Department released the report just as the United States announced $185 million in new funding for Rohingya refugees during a meeting at the United Nations on Myanmar. The State Department study, based on interviews in April with
 
 
Thai junta chief eyes role in politics
BANGKOK: The head of Thailand’s military government declared he is “interested” in participating in politics, in a new indication he may seek to remain in office after elections scheduled for early next year. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s remarks did not clarify whether he is considering running in the general election, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb.24 next year, or will seek to be appointed by the new parliament
   
US irks China with sale of military parts to Taiwan
BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” on Tuesday over US plans to sell a batch of military parts to the self-governing island of Taiwan, adding to tensions between the global superpowers. The $330 million contract would see the US ship standard spare parts for several aircraft including the F-16 fighter and the C-130 cargo plane, the State Department said in a statement on Monday. China lashed out at the deal,
 
 
Vietnam police bust $26m online gambling ring
HANOI: Vietnamese police have broken up an online gambling ring worth almost $26 million and arrested 10 people along with confiscating guns and cash, officials said on Tuesday, the latest big bust in a country where illicit betting flourishes despite tough laws. The ringleaders ran several websites for sports betting and other forms of gambling which had attracted hundreds of online punters since July, according to a local
   
Trump says Kim has been ‘terrific’
UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump hailed North Korea’s “terrific” leader Kim Jong Un and said he should soon be able to announce a second summit with his one-time arch foe. “We obviously talked about North Korea, where we’re making tremendous progress,” Trump told reporters after talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in. “Chairman Kim has been really very open and terrific, frankly, and I think he wants to
 
 
Terrorists release mentor held hostage for 3 days
MANILA: Members of the Daesh inspired Abu Sayyaf terrorists freed on Tuesday a public school teacher they had abducted on the island province of Sulu amid reports that his family paid ransom for his release. Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares, the provincial police chief, reported the terrorists released at dawn on Tuesday Shariff Benjamin Asamli Usaid after he was abducted on Saturday by heavily armed men. Mijares said Usaid,
   
Court orders arrest of opposition lawmaker
MANILA: A Metro Manila regional court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of an opposition lawmaker and former rebel military officer, whose amnesty granted him by the previous administration has been voided on orders of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte. Aside from his arrest, the regional court of suburban Makati City in Metro Manila also issued a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes, an outspoken Duterte critic,
 
 
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