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AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Students sentenced to hard labour

YANGON: Seven Myanmar students were sentenced to three months in jail with hard labour for burning portraits of officials in protest over campus safety, a student activist said, the latest draconian response to rippling discontent with authorities.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

S. Korean MP not sorry for remarks

SEOULl: The speaker of South Korea’s parliament said he had no intention to apologise for his comments about Japan’s emperor, suggesting the issue could continue to stoke tensions between the neighbours.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Indonesian IS member killed in Syria, say police

JAKARTA: An Indonesian militant who appeared on an Islamic State propaganda video showing the execution of a hostage and was said to be close to the militant group’s leader was killed in Syria last month, an Indonesian police spokesman and his brother said.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Robot probes radioactive fuel in Fukushima

TOKYO: A robot will attempt to examine radioactive fuel at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in a complex operation seen as key to clean-up efforts after the 2011 meltdown.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

China’s peace efforts lauded

NEW YORK: During an exhibition at the UN headquarters showcasing China’s contributions in safeguarding world peace, Atul Khare, UN undersecretary-general for field support, joined other UN officials in applauding China’s achievements and commitment to peacekeeping.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

S. Korea pushes back against Trump’s claims

SEOUL: South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back against comments by US President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay US$500mil (RM2bil) more towards maintaining US troops in the country.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Japan gay couples seek marriage rights in Valentine’s lawsuit

TOKYO: Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected.

AseanPlus News 14 Feb 2019 | 12:00 AM

Carpenter ‘repairs’ history

SHANGHAI: Carpenter Ma Jiale has spent much of his working life lovingly repairing some of Shanghai’s most attractive – if rather decrepit – historical buildings.

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Uighurs’ kin demand ‘proof of life’ videos

BEIJING: Ethnic Uighurs have launched a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing’s use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

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Duterte critic ‘forcibly silenced’

MANILA: Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested in her Manila office in what rights advocates called an act of “persecution”.