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China joins row over tourists’ complaint of ill-treatment by Swedish police after hostel booking confusion

Foreign ministry, embassy in Stockholm make ‘solemn representations’ after man fails to make proper room reservation and is asked to leave

Seoul: Samsung heir in South Korea’s delegation to Pyongyang

Seoul: The heir to the Samsung empire and the leaders of several other South Korean conglomerates will go to Pyongyang this week for an inter-Korean summit, Seoul announced.

Moon seeks to break deadlock

SEOUL: The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s engagement strategy with the North.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in. -Reuters

Lombok declares emergency

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok is battling malaria, authorities said, declaring a health emergency after a series of earthquakes in July and August forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

Aerial view of a temporary shelter in the village of Menangga Baris on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 22, 2018 after a series of recent earthquakes. -AFP

All bets are off in Macau until storm blows over

Hong Kong: Macau shut down all its casinos in a historic first as Ty­­phoon Mangkhut approaches, with authorities warning the gambling enclave would be hit by severe flooding.

Mangkhut lashes south China

HONG KONG: Typhoon Mangkhut barrelled into southern China after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 60 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide.

China wants Taiwan to stop mainland spying efforts

BEIJING: China has accused Tai­wan’s spy agencies of stepping up efforts to steal intelligence with the aim of “infiltration” and “sabotage”, and warned the island against further damaging already strained cross-strait ties.

Three Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf released in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer /Asia News Network): Three Indonesian nationals were released by their Abu Sayyaf captors on Saturday (Sept 15) afternoon in Barangay Buanza in Indanan town, Sulu.

Hanoi urges its citizens to stop eating dog meat

Hanoi: An international animal welfare charity has welcomed the news Hanoi is considering banning the consumption of dog meat in certain areas.

This photo taken on July 26, 2012 shows dogs waiting to be slaughtered for meat at a dog slaughterhouse in Hanoi. -AFP

Got a problem? Ask China’s online agony aunts

WONDERING if you have a sex addiction? Have a question about the US-China trade war’s likely impact? Or about whether to buy a house?

Mr Fix it: Wenda’s agony aunt Gu setting up a teleprompter and camera by his computer at his home in Beijing. — AFP