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Kim meets Xi after Trump summit
BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met his Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday to brief his sole major ally on his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. Kim’s third trip to China since March comes as Beijing tries to strengthen its role as a mediator between the US and North Korea, where it claims compelling security and economic interests. The North’s leader, who is believed to have landed
 
 
2 Manila convicts fall for killing of US Marine
MANILA: Two convicts who remained at large after they were found guilty by a regional court for killing a decorated US Marine officer in Metro Manila in 2012 have been arrested in separate raids conducted by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The NBI identified the convicts as Galicano Datu 3rd and Crispin dela Paz who are wanted for the killing of George Anikow, a US Marine officer, during a brawl inside a
   
Philippine SC affirms ouster of chief justice
MANILA: In a similar vote of 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday affirmed “with finality” its decision more than a month ago which dismissed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who became the country’s first impeachable official to be removed from office without undergoing the impeachment process as mandated by the Constitution. Lawyer Theodore Te, the SC spokesman, said the tribunal rejected Sereno’s petition for the SC to
 
 
Thailand carries out first execution since 2009
BANGKOK: Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the government said, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as “deplorable.” Theerasak Longji was executed on Monday, six years after his conviction. His death came as Thailand’s coup leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to Britain and France on a highly-publicised
   
China pledges over $100m military aid to Cambodia
PHNOM PENH: China has granted over $100 million in military aid to Cambodia, Cambodia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, highlighting the strong ties between Beijing and a government that critics accuse of destroying democracy ahead of an election next month. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party is expected to easily win the general election on July 29 as the Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue
 
 
Search on for dozens missing in ferry sinking
SIMALUNGUN: Several hundred rescue personnel were searching for survivors on Tuesday after a boat sank in Indonesia with about 80 people aboard, the national disaster agency said. The wooden vessel was travelling on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination on Sumatra island, when it capsized Monday afternoon. At least one person has been found dead and 18 others were rescued, authorities said. But local officials said dozens
   
Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: Embezzlement and bribery with government money are among the charges that Malaysia is looking to bring against former prime minister Najib Razak following a probe into funds allegedly looted from the state-run fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday. Mahathir told Reuters in an interview that Malaysian investigators already “have an almost perfect case” against the principal suspects who had
 
 
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