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Indonesian bank claims wife, not thieves cleaned out man's account

JAKARTA: In response to a report about funds being stolen from a customer's account, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) said its investigation showed that it was not thieves, but the complainant's own wife who had withdrawn the money.

Chinese driver hurtles down highway in unstoppable car after cruise control malfunctions

Man forced to drive at 120kmh on busy road for nearly an hour after cruise control fails to shut off.

It’s NOT about selling sex, 'Sugar daddy' dating websites insist

Designer labels, magic bank accounts, parties in Kuala Lumpur. It’s all part of life for a Hongkonger with a sugar daddy. But as websites cash in on the lifestyle trend, experts warn such experiences can be bittersweet

Spring comes to Tokyo with first cherry blossoms

Tokyo (AFP) - Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as Japan's weather agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital.

Trees in Tokyo will be in full bloom in about a week's time, turning parks into huge picnic areas where friends, family and colleagues gather for sometimes raucous, alcohol-fuelled celebrations.

PM urges Thais to wear period costumes for outings

BANGKOK: Inspired by the success of the royally initiated winter festival, Oon Ai Rak Klay Kwam Nao, and the mega-hit historical TV soap opera Bupphesanniwat or Destined Love, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is encouraging Thai citizens to wear period outfits in public places.

Parliament gives Xi second term

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping was elected to a second term with 100% of the vote, days after the lifting of presidential term limits allowed him to stay in office indefinitely.

Loyal comrade:Xi (right) shaking hands with Wang at the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. — Bloomberg

Political education back on track

BEIJING: After admitting last year that political education for university students in China was outdated and unfashionable, the education minister changed track and said the classes were now so popular, seats were as hard to get as train tickets at lunar new year.

‘Tibet can exist within China, like EU’

BEIJING: Tibet can exist within China in the same spirit as the European Union sticks together, the territory’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama said.

Plane crashes into house killing nine

MANILA: A small passenger plane carrying five people crashed into a house shortly after take-off north of Manila, killing five passengers and four on the ground, officials said.

Internet, streets and airports close for Bali’s Day of Silence

BALI: Indonesia’s normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.

Protecting the peace: Balinese traditional guards called ‘pecalang’ patrolling a normally busy toll road during the ‘Nyepi’ or the Day of Silence in Badung, Bali. — AP