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Murders leave Rohingya camps aghast
COX’S BAZAR: A spate of bloody killings is fueling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs. Just 1,000 police officers guard the labyrinthine shanties that make up the giant camps and authorities want to more than double the force in the wake of the murders. Three respected community leaders are
 
 
China plane skids off Manila runway
MANILA: A Chinese commercial plane, with 165 passengers and crew on board, skidded off the runway after landing during heavy rain at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila shortly before midnight on Thursday, forcing the cancellation or diversion of at least 80 domestic and international flights. An official statement on Friday said the aircraft involved was a Xiamen Air Boeing 737 jetliner that swerved to
   
Kim lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked “hostile forces” over “brigandish” sanctions, state media reported Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. Kim and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. But there has been little movement since and the North has criticised Washington for
 
 
Nepal crime reform sparks press freedom concerns
Kathmandu: Nepal introduced a new criminal code on Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press. Media have warned that the Communist-led government, which has shown an increasing intolerance for dissent, could use the vaguely worded code to silence critics. The new laws make publishing private information, recording
   
Lanka ex-president claims ‘witch hunt’ over kidnap probe
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapakse said he was the victim of a “witch hunt” as investigators questioned him for the first time Friday over the abduction of a newspaper editor. Rajapakse, who ruled his country with an iron first for a decade, was interviewed by five detectives over the 2008 kidnapping and torture of Nation weekly news editor Keith Noyahr, near the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war. Federal
 
 
Japan urged to do more for WWII ‘comfort women’
Geneva: Japan should do more for victims of wartime sexual slavery, UN rights experts said at a hearing on Friday, insisting Tokyo had yet to provide full redress and reparations. Mainstream historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea but also other parts of Asia including China and the Philippines, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. During a two-day review of Japan’s record before
   
No time left for shift to federalism: Arroyo
MANILA: Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now the speaker of the House of Representatives, admitted there was no more time left for Congress to tackle the proposed Constitution that would enable the Duterte administration to shift to the controversial federal form of government. Arroyo explained that the present Congress, composed of the House and the Senate, has a “life” that is to end in June 2019 and thus, has
 
 
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