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Police drop porn case against cleric Rizieq

JAKARTA: The police have terminated their investigation into a pornography case allegedly involving firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab, citing a lack of evidence.

Tables turned: Rizieq talking to the media during an investigation into ‘Ahok’ back in 2016 in Jakarta. — Reuters

S. Korea and US likely to suspend big military drills

SEOUL: South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of “large-scale” military drills this week, with the provision they would restart if North Korea failed to keep its promise to denuclearise, news agency Yonhap said.

When it comes to N. Korea, China still has an influence

BEIJING: China may not have been at the table for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s historic summit, but it still scored a strategic victory and sent out a clear message: no one puts Beijing in the corner.

Cambodian prince hurt in crash

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, police said.

Hong Kong workers feel they are not equipped with the right skills for digital economy: survey

Workers say that they are not receiving adequate training in digital skills required for the digital economy.

A quarter of local respondents said they planned to leave their current employer within a year, with the biggest factors being wages, work-life balance and a lack of career prospects because of digitalisation. — SCMP

Casino designed by Zaha Hadid opens in Macau

Hong Kong (AFP) - A flamboyant new casino designed by Zaha Hadid opened its doors in Macau on Friday, featuring futuristic curves and skeletal steel structures characteristic of the acclaimed late architect.

Melco's chairman Lawrence Ho told AFP he had 'wanted to find the most iconic architect that can do something just insane' before the project started in 2013.

Thai king granted full ownership of crown billions

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's king has been granted full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets under a law passed last year, according to a rare "explanatory note" published by the financial arm of the powerful but secretive monarchy.

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn inherited one of the world's great fortunes when he ascended the Thai throne following the October 2016 death of his father.

Indonesian woman swallowed by giant python

Makassar (Indonesia) (AFP) - An Indonesian woman has been found in the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was captured near where she vanished while tending her vegetable garden, police said Saturday.

Residents of a village in Indonesia were suspicious that a python had eaten their neighbour so they cut it open and found the woman's body inside, according to the local police chief

Let’s jointly break mutual distrust, Abe urges Kim

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to jointly overcome their mutual distrust, as he confirmed ongoing efforts to arrange a Japan-North Korea summit.

Foxconn looks to AI after maker of Apple and Amazon products celebrates 30 years in China

With one million employees and half a dozen factories contributing 4% of the country’s export value, Foxconn’s expansion symbolises China’s role as tech manufacturing powerhouse.

Gou said that Foxconn aims to become an artificial intelligence platform rather than just a manufacturing company. — SCMP