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Germany’s Leica latest to draw fire in China over advert

Shanghai: German camera maker Leica has become the latest company to draw fire over an advertisement deemed offensive in China, distancing itself from a short film that broaches the taboo subject of the 1989 Tiananmen protest crackdown.

Hundreds sign CEO rape claim petition

SHANGHAI: Hundreds of people have added their names to an online petition in support of a University of Minnesota student who said she was raped last August by Richard Liu, the chief executive officer of China’s e-commerce retailer Inc.

‘State security funding Huawei’

Beijing: US intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West.

Hidden, hopeful youth of Wa

Panghsang: High up in the eastern mountains of Myanmar bordering China, Wa is one of Asia’s most remote areas – and not an easy place to grow up.

Vietnam cops seize a tonne of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Hanoi: Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than a tonne of methamphetamine after uncove­ring a smuggling operation involving at least two Taiwanese nationals and a Vietnamese man, the third massive bust in a week in the communist state.

Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary

QINGDAO: China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy’s founding, a senior commander said, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle.

Thai Navy to remove ‘sea home’

Bangkok: The Thai Navy will begin removing a “seastead” home built by an American bitcoin investor and his partner off the coast of Thailand, an official said, as the couple remain in hiding from charges accusing them of violating the country’s sovereignty.

Thai festival visitors on a high

Buriram: A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue – one of many flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

Indian extradited to US from Singapore in call centre fraud

Washington: Singapore has extradited an Indian national to the United States to face charges in a call centre fraud that scammed millions of dollars from victims in the United States, the Justice Depart­ment announced.

Nine Indonesia cops die whileon polls duties

Jakarta: Nine Indonesian police officers died while carrying out election-related duties this week, including some who collapsed from exhaustion.