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The spy who came in from the North wants to go home

Gwangju: Condemned to death twice for spying, Seo Ok-Ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement.

State lifts 10-year travel ban on activist

Beijing: China has lifted a 10-year travel ban on a feminist activist who was jailed for more than a month in 2015 after organising a campaign against sexual harassment.

Bullet train speed raised six years after crash

Beijing: China increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350kph, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap.

Warning shots fired as aid boat attacked

YANGON: Myanmar police fired warning shots to disperse a mob who threw petrol bombs at them and tried to block an ICRC boat in the conflict-hit Rakhine state, where tens of thousands are believed to be in urgent need of aid, state-backed media said.

‘Violence easing in Rakhine’

NEW YORK: Myanmar insisted at the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state is easing after heavy international criticism.

Facebook bans ‘dangerous’ Rohingya group

YANGON: Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a “dangerous organisation” as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.

Lawmakers do human rights budget backflip after outcry

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s congressional allies have restored the budget of the nation’s human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to slash its annual funding to just US$20 (RM83).

Duterte: I’ll have my son killed if he’s involved in drugs

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician are true, and that the police who carry out the hit will be protected from prosecution.

Philippines split over Duterte

MANILA: Thousands of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics and supporters held rival rallies, taking emotional national debates over his deadly drug war and martial-law threats to the streets.

Flames of fury: Protesters burning an effigy with a skull face during a National Day of Protest outside the presidential palace in metro Manila. — Reuters

Japanese PM: Time for North Korea dialogue is over

New York: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that “all options” are on the table.