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Rocket lands in Kabul diplomatic area

KABUL: A rocket landed in the heavily fortified diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul late Monday (Aug 21), police said, hours before US President Donald Trump was due to announce his long-awaited strategy for the war-weary country.

Pyongyang calls US-South Korean war games a step to nuclear war

South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least US$270 million since February despite U…

USS John S McCain collision: Pentagon chief pledges 'broad' probe into US Navy accidents

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Monday said the Pentagon will undertake a broad investigation into multiple accidents after the second severe collision involving a US Navy ship in two months.

How could a US warship have collided with a tanker?

SINGAPORE: The US destroyer John S McCain collided with a tanker early on Monday (Aug 21) as the warship prepared to make a routine port call in Singapore, leaving a gaping hole in its hull and 10 sailors missing.

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SEA Games: Bus carrying squash players involved in accident

KUALA LUMPUR: Buses transporting SEA Games squash players en route to the Bukit Jalil national stadium were involved in an accident on Monday morning (Aug 21), according to police.

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SEA Games: Singapore win gold in women's 4x100m freestyle in record time

KUALA LUMPUR: Team Singapore beat Thailand and Indonesia for gold at the SEA Games women's 4x100m freestyle event on Monday (Aug 21), breaking the Games and national records in the process.

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McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

SEA Games: Schooling sets new Games record in 50m butterfly

KUALA LUMPUR: Joseph Schooling won his first SEA Games 2017 gold in Monday's (Aug 21) men's 50m butterfly final.

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Vietnamese sailor rescued from Philippine militants' camp after nine months

MANILA: Philippine troops raided an Islamist militants' camp on a remote southern island and rescued a Vietnamese sailor held captive for nine months, a navy spokeswoman said on Monday.

Hong Kong leader defends jailing of activists

Hong Kong's leader Monday defended a court's decision to jail three leading democracy activists including Joshua Wong after the move triggered international criticism and a major protest march.

India says China stand-off will end 'soon'

India's home minister said Monday he believed a border stand-off with China would end soon, after new footage emerged showing border guards from both countries fighting on a disputed patch of land in the Himalayas.

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USS John S McCain collision: What we know so far

Search and rescue operations are currently underway for another 10 sailors reported missing.

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South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives

More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said Monday, with monsoon rains also causing the deaths of hundreds of animals, including rhinos and a tiger.

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US warship collides with oil tanker near Singapore; 10 sailors missing

SINGAPORE: A search and rescue operation is under way for 10 US sailors after a US warship and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore on Monday morning (Aug 21).

Sons of US defector to North Korea confirm his death

The only US soldier known to still be living in North Korea after defecting more than five decades ago died last year pledging his loyalty to the "great leader Kim Jong-Un", his sons said.

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Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past

A man in Myanmar faces up to two years in jail after he was arrested for allegedly defaming the military in an interview he gave detailing his harrowing life as a child soldier.

Monday, Aug 21

Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday (Aug 20) to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.

Sunday, Aug 20

Trump to address nation on new Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will announce his decision on America's strategy in Afghanistan in an address to US troops and the nation on Monday night, almost 16 years after the war began.

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences.

SEA Games: Malaysia apologises to Indonesia over flag error, will reprint booklet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Foreign Minister has apologised to the Indonesian government, after the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games hosts printed the Indonesian flag upside-down in a souvenir booklet.

Singaporeans can use passport scanners at Thailand's Suvarnabhumi airport

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans flying to Thailand can now use the Automated Gate (Auto Gate) at Suvarnabhumi Airport to enter the country, the Royal Thai Embassy announced on Sunday (Aug 20).

Saturday, Aug 19

Spectacle of lights and culture officially kicks off 29th SEA Games in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: For about two hours under the newly-refurbished roof of the Bukit Jalil Stadium, thousands of spectators – from both in and outside of Malaysia – were left spellbound by the opening ceremony performances at the 29th Southeast…

Singapore swim star Joseph Schooling 'really sorry' for Malaysia jibe

Singapore's Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling has apologised to Malaysians after he raised hackles by promising to "teach them a thing or two" at the Southeast Asian Games.

Commentary: Ambitious and smart, youths in Ho Chi Minh are building Asia’s Silicon Valley

What makes Vietnam’s start-up scene successful is its young, educated and savvy people, argues Stephanie Jones and Rafael Masters.

Asia’s Toughest Jobs: The fire and brimstone miners of Ijen Crater

With its wickedly steaming cyan lake, pulsing exhausts of burning sulphur and jagged peaks, Ijen Crater in East Java is entirely otherworldly. Miners endure the noxious gas of the crater to extract sulphur and carry it up steep slopes for…

Friday, Aug 18

Furore erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

MANILA: The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday (Aug 18) to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 91 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte…

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

TAIPEI: A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said.

Philippines reports second outbreak of bird flu: Minister

MANILA: The Philippines has found a second outbreak of bird flu in another province in the main Luzon island, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Friday, a week after reporting the country's first case of the poultry disease.

North Korea media grade South's Moon a 'fail'

North Korea's top state newspaper gave the South's President Moon Jae-In a "fail" grade Friday for his first 100 days in office, dismissing his proffered olive branches as "hypocrisy".

Thursday, Aug 17

South Korea vows no war despite North's missile threat

SEOUL: South Korea pledged on Thursday (Aug 17) that there would be no war on the Korean peninsula, as prospects of a pre-emptive US strike to destroy Pyongyang's nuclear missile programme receded.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to 6 months' jail for 2014 protests

HONG KONG: Student activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to six months’ jail for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong democrat charged with 'misleading' police over abduction claim

Hong Kong police have charged a democracy activist with misleading police after claiming he had been abducted and assaulted by mainland Chinese agents.

US man sentenced to life for killing Chinese student

LOS ANGELES: A judge in California sentenced a 21-year-old man to life in prison Wednesday (Aug 16) in connection with the beating death of a university graduate student from China.