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Graft fight escalates in first half

23 July 2017

Beijing: About 210,000 people have been disciplined by anti-graft agencies across the country in the first half of this year, an increase of nearly 30% over the same period last year.

Air-cleaning bikes in the works

23 July 2017

Beijing: A Dutch designer has teamed up with Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo to develop a bicycle that filters pollution out of the air as it is ridden.

Confined by tradition: Nepalese women keeping warm by a fire as they live in a chhaupadi hut during their menstruation period. — AFP

Stigmatised by age-old tradition

23 July 2017

ON July 6, a woman who was observing chhaupadi, died of a snakebite in Dailekh, Nepal.

This handout photo taken and released on July 20, 2017 by the Philippine Army shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) examining seized weaponry from Islamist militants during a visit to a military camp in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. - AFP

Philippines extends martial law in south to year end

22 July 2017

MANILA: A joint session of the Philippine congress on Saturday approved the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend a 60-day martial law he imposed in the entire Mindanao in southern Philippines, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

He won three out of six nominations for his graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.PHOTO: CHAN SHIUAN.

Graphic novelist Sonny Liew becomes first Singaporean to win Eisner award, bagging 3 out of 6 nominations

22 July 2017

SINGAPORE: Graphic novelist Sonny Liew has become the first Singaporean to win an Eisner award, bagging three out of the six nominations he received for the prestigious awards, which are considered the Oscars of the comic world.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo also warned that the drug situation has put the country in a national emergency. PHOTO: REUTERS.

Jokowi issues order to shoot drug traffickers

22 July 2017

JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo has issued a shoot-to-kill order against foreign dealers and traffickers, as he called for tougher action in Indonesia's war on drugs.

A man looks at the construction site for the National Stadium, venue for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo.

Construction worker at 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium site kills himself

22 July 2017

TOKYO: A male worker for a construction company engaged in a project to construct the new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, committed suicide in March, a lawyer representing his bereaved relatives revealed Thursday.

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER HERMOGENES ESPERON. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC.

IS terrorists guarding RM118.2mil loot in Marawi

22 July 2017

MANILA: Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in Marawi are guarding around P1.4bil (RM118.2mil) in cash and jewelry looted from the city, a government official said on Friday.

Yao averaged 19.2 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, becoming a global ambassador for the sport during his eight NBA seasons. - AFP

Yao Ming Rockets deal rumours fizzle out

22 July 2017

Beijing (AFP) - Former NBA star Yao Ming has scotched rumours he was interested in buying his old team the Houston Rockets, saying he was too busy to consider the possibility.

Man, 38, charged with molesting 11-year-old girl

22 July 2017

SINGAPORE: An alleged serial molester was charged in court on Saturday morning.

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