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Abe cruises to ‘super-majority’ win in Japan vote

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday and immediately vowed to “deal firmly” with threats from North Korea that dominated the campaign.

Japan's Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe answers questions at the party headquarters in Tokyo on October 22, 2017. -AFP

Two killed as typhoon-blown rain and wind lash Japan

TOKYO: A powerful typhoon barrelled towards Japan, leaving two dead and more than 10 injured, as millions struggled to the polls for a national election.

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South Korea will go on phasing out nuclear power

SEOUL: South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said the government will continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his plans to do so.

Stopped in its tracks: The Shin Kori No. 3 and 4 nuclear power reactors (left) standing next to the construction site for the No. 5 and 6 reactors in Ulju, Ulsan province. — Bloomberg

Jakarta to demand answers after military chief denied US entry

JAKARTA: Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the US secretary of state and summon Washington’s deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, an Indonesian official said.

‘Freelance journo’ with unlicensed gun held in Manila

MANILA: A man who introduced himself as a freelance journalist was arrested for carrying an unlicensed handgun inside the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila hotel, a five-star hotel in Pasay where guests for the 31st Asean Summit and Related Meetings are staying.

Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

TOKYO (Reuters) - A typhoon roared towards Japan's main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Chinese grandmother becomes social media star after sharing pictures of road trip that left her‘as happy as a little kid’

Son took his 89-year-old mother round the northwest of the country to ensure she would not be bored sitting at home all day

KFC quietly followed the 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb on Twitter; and it's gone viral

SINGAPORE: The perfect recipe for a viral social media campaign: Take a quirky idea, mix with a lot of patience, plenty of hope and a dash of serendipity.

The marketing ploy was a play on its famously well-guarded secret recipe, which consists 11 herbs and spices.PHOTO: TWITTER/KFC.

Cleaner injured after being shoved onto train tracks by man in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: A 56-year-old man was arrested in Hong Kong on Saturday (Oct 21) morning, after allegedly shoving a cleaner onto the train tracks.

A 56-year-old man was arrested in Hong Kong on Oct 21, after allegedly shoving a cleaner onto the train tracks.SCREENGRAB: FACEBOOK/ELLIS KWONG.

Meth seizures shoot up in Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar police have seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said Sunday.

Seizures of "Ya Ba" methamphetamine pills are on the rise in Myanmar's Rakhine state.