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China will ‘protect its citizens abroad’
BEIJING: China’s foreign minister vowed on Tuesday to protect its citizens abroad as a Canadian court decided whether to release a technology executive on bail in a case that has riled US-Chinese relations. Beijing will “spare no effort” to protect against “any bullying that infringes the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a conference in Shanghai. Wang didn’t mention the
 
 
Thai junta lifts ban on political campaigning
Bangkok: Thailand’s junta on Tuesday lifted a ban on political campaigning ahead of 2019 elections, more than four years after the restriction was imposed following the kingdom’s latest coup. One of the military’s first acts after seizing power in May 2014 was to outlaw political activity of all kind, as it muzzled opposition in a country notorious for its rowdy — and often deadly — street politics. But the ban was officially
   
Singapore charges two workers over ‘one-dollar bribes’
Singapore: Singapore has charged two Chinese migrant workers for demanding bribes as small as S$1 (73 US cents), its anti-graft authority said on Tuesday, stressing that the financial hub known for its clean image will not tolerate corruption no matter how small. Chen Ziliang, 47, and Zhao Yucun, 43, both forklift truck operators, face a fine of up to S$100,000 ($73,000) or prison for up to five years, or both.
 
 
Suicide bomber kills 4 in Afghan capital: Officials
Kabul: At least four people were killed and another six injured after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security forces in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, in the latest bloody Taliban-claimed attack in the Afghan capital. The blast took place in Paghman district in western Kabul as the convoy was returning from an overnight operation, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. “It is still not clear whether the
   
America returns ‘historic’ bells to Philippines
MANILA: The US on Tuesday returned to the Philippines three “historic” bells which American military forces had confiscated as “war booty” after a “bloodbath” arising from a clash with Filipino rebels in the Visayas in Central Philippines in 1901 or exactly 117 years ago. Sung Yong Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, formally turned over the bells to top Philippine government officials, led by Executive Secretary Salvador
 
 
Duterte sets up task force to tackle insurgency
MANILA: President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte created a task force mainly to tackle the problem of insurgency by encouraging the active involvement of local officials in the peace initiatives even as the resumption of talks with communist insurgents has remained uncertain. “There is a need to create a national task force that will provide an efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of the whole of nation approach to
   
Election campaign turns violent in Bangladesh
Dhaka: Bangladesh’s election campaign turned violent on Tuesday with scores injured at political rallies across the country, as police fired pellet guns into crowds and stick-wielding mobs attacked rival candidates. Police told AFP clashes broke out in at least seven major towns on just the second day of campaigning, injuring nearly 100 people who turned out to cheer the two major parties contesting the Dec.30 polls.
 
 
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