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Villager who attempted to snare python ends up crushed to death

KUALA LANGAT: A man who returned with tools to catch a 3.5m python after spotting it ended up being constricted to death by the reptile.

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Indonesian environmentalist jailed for ‘spreading communism’

Banyuwangi (Indonesia): An Indonesian environmentalist has been sentenced to 10 months in prison under a tough anti-communism law, a legacy of one of the darkest chapters in its history.


Indonesia jails activist under controversial anti-communist law

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian activist has been jailed for 10 months under a controversial anti-communism law, his lawyer said on Wednesday, in the first such conviction since the fall of authoritarian leader Suharto two decades ago.

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Stand-off between armed man and officers at Singapore's Woodlands Checkpoint

SINGAPORE: An armed man was involved in a stand-off with officers near the Woodlands Checkpoint here.


‘Geng Tangki’ armed robbers nabbed

IPOH: Police have smashed an armed robbery gang which preyed on 24-hour convenience stores in petrol stations.


Hundreds of demonstrators stage protest amid massive G7 security

GIARDINI NAXOS, Italy (Reuters) - A group of protesters sought to break through a police cordon at the end of a protest march against world leaders meeting on the island of Sicily on Saturday, scuffling with security forces, who fired tear gas to disperse them.

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Rangers protect Great Wall from man-made destruction

BEIJING: Meandering on mountain ridges across north China, the Great Wall, one of the world’s great wonders, has for thousands of years protected residents from invasion.


Malaysian detained in Indonesia for wearing T-shirt with communist symbol

JAKARTA: A Malaysian was detained in Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the communist hammer and sickle symbol that has been banned in the republic.


Fillon's party apologises for anti-Semitic attack on French rival Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Francois Fillon's party has apologised for tweeting a caricature of Emmanuel Macron, his main rival in the race to be France's next president, that Fillon himself admitted was anti-Semitic, adding to a row of controversies around his campaign.