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Okay for action: Anies speaking during an interview at his home in Jakarta, Indonesia. — Reuters

Contemplating a syariah-influenced Indonesian capital

26 March 2017

JAKARTA’S 12 million residents and commuters are beginning to consider the possibility of a more Islamic-influenced atmosphere in the capital if Anies Baswedan wins the gubernatorial election on April 19.

Backpackers’ attacker convicted

26 March 2017

Sydney: A man accused of attacking two young backpackers in a harrowing ordeal at a remote Australian beach was found guilty of kidnapping and assault but cleared of attempted murder.

Philippine communist rebels vow to revive ceasefire

26 March 2017

MANILA: The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said that its armed units will declare a unilateral ceasefire no later than March 31, ahead of the resumption of peace talks with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte next month.

Technological wonder: Hawking speaking to an audience by hologram in Hong Kong, beamed live from his office in Cambridge, England. — AFP

Hawking appears in HK as hologram

26 March 2017

Hong Kong: Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.

Beijing aims to have second-largest installed nuke capacity in the world

26 March 2017

Beijing: China will more than triple the number of stations monitoring atmospheric radiation levels nationwide by 2020 as part of a nuclear energy security plan, a senior official from China’s nuclear energy security authority said.

High alert: Police officers standing guard after a bomber was killed in a blast in front of a police checkpoint at Dhaka’s international airport. — AFP

Bangladesh commandos rescue 78 civilians in major anti-militant drive

26 March 2017

Dhaka: Bangladesh commandos stormed a hideout of suspected extremists in the country’s northeast, rescuing at least 78 civilians, in a major anti-militant drive.

Filipino rescued after 56 days adrift

26 March 2017

SYdney: A Filipino fisherman has been rescued in Papua New Guinea after drifting at sea for 56 days, but his uncle died during the ordeal, a report said.

Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya

26 March 2017

YANGON: Myanmar rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict.

Kidnapped captain rescued

26 March 2017

MANILA: Philippine soldiers have rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, a security official said.

DPP blames China over missing Taiwanese man

26 March 2017

TAIPEI: China’s failure to respond on the matter of a Taiwan man missing on the mainland is causing his family “anxiety and panic”, Taiwan’s ruling party said, as it called on authorities to protect the rights of Taiwan people.

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