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Moon urges North not to ‘cross red line’
SEOUL: North Korea would be “crossing a red line” if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea’s president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul’s approval before taking any military action. North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland has fuelled a surge in tensions in recent days. Pyongyang has
 
 
Philippines war on drugs and crime intensifies
MANILA: President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte welcomed with a statement, “That’s good,” a police report that they killed at least 32 dealers and users in continuing operations in just 24 hours in the war on illegal drugs in the province of Bulacan in Central Luzon. “Thirty two people reportedly died in Bulacan in a massive raid. That’s good,” Duterte said in a mix of Filipino and English during the foundation anniversary of the non-
   
Manila police kill Indian head of kidnap group
MANILA: An Indian national, tagged as the head of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate preying on Indian businessmen, was killed with two of his cohorts in a shootout with the police in Laguna province in Southern Luzon. Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao, the chief of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group, said the killing of Inderit Singh who sported the aliases Manjit and Goldy, came a few hours following their earlier
 
 
Thai militants turn stolen cars into bombs
BANGKOK: Suspected militants raided a car dealership in southern Thailand and turned two of the cars into bombs, police said on Thursday, adding that a “new generation” of Muslim separatists was operating in the insurgency-plagued region. A group of men raided the dealership in Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia on Wednesday and made off with a car which exploded on a rural road in neighbouring Pattani province,
   
Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement leaders jailed
HONG KONG: An appeals court jailed three leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement for six to eight months on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Chinese-ruled city’s youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference. Joshua Wong, 20, Alex Chow, 24, and Nathan Law, 26, were sentenced last year to non-jail terms including community service for unlawful assembly, but Hong Kong’s Department of
 
 
China rejects US criticism of religious freedom
BEIJING: China on Thursday denied violations of religious freedom after the United States accused Beijing of persecuting Christians, Muslims, Falun Gong members and Tibetan Buddhists in an annual report. “All Chinese people of all ethnic groups and all regions are fully entitled to religious belief. The so-called report ignores facts,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing. “We see that the
   
Dhaka steps up patrols to deter Rohingya inflow
COX’S BAZAR: Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on its border with Myanmar, following reports that about 1,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into the country in the past two weeks, amid fresh tension in its neighbour’s northwestern Rakhine state. Security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched a massive crackdown in the state after Rohingya insurgents killed nine police in October, but the flow of refugees into Bangladesh had
 
 
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