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Kim and Moon raise hands on sacred North Korea volcano

PYONGYANG: The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centrepiece of propaganda used to legitimise the Kim family’s rule, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph.

On top of the world: Kim (second from left) clasping hands with Moon as their wives look on at the peak of Mount Paektu in North Korea. — AP

‘Maids for sale’ firm in hot water

Singapore: Singapore has suspended a maid employment agency’s licence and threatened to prosecute the company over “undignified” online ads offering Indonesian helpers for sale, after the postings sparked fury.

Abe victorious in party polls

Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election as leader of his ruling party, setting him on course to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and realise his dream of reforming the constitution.

Here to stay: Abe (right) and Ishiba raising their arms together after Abe was re-elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo. — Bloomberg

Chinese professor braves storm to reach class on time

Beijing: Wang Ke, a professor from Southeast University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, won applause online for keeping his promise to students by travelling 737km by taxi in heavy rain brought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut to make it to class on time.

Chiang Mai man talked to dead man at bus shelter

Bangkok: A bus passenger in Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district was shocked when he realised that he had been talking to a dead man for more than an hour in a bus shelter.

More misery for Philippines

Naga: Six people were killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation.

Chinese schoolboy dies during frog jump punishment for talking

Education authority investigating teachers after 16-year-old falls unconscious and is found to have bleeding in his mouth, ears and nose

Silent shocker at shelter: 2 men talking; 1 of them already dead

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): A bus passenger in Chiang Mai's Chiang Dao district was shocked when he realised that he had been talking to a dead man for more than an hour in a bus shelter early on Thursday.

Teacher fired after kindergarten student raped in toilet

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): A Chon Buri kindergarten teacher has been fired for negligence after her four-year-old student was allegedly sexually molested and violated by three Mathayom 2 schoolboys aged 15-17 while going alone to a toilet within the school compound on August 4, Amarin TV reported on Wednesday.

Chinese tourists apologise after being shamed for trashing Japanese Airbnb

TOKYO (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Three Chinese tourists were slammed by netizens after the owner of an Airbnb they stayed at in Japan took to social media to expose their mess.