Philippine ‘hitman’ charge sparks Duterte probe calls MANILA: The Philippines faced calls Friday to investigate its firebrand president after a self-confessed hitman alleged Rodrigo Duterte ordered a thousand opponents and suspected criminals murdered when he was a city mayor.

Myanmar soldiers jailed for killing villagers YANGON: Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail for killing villagers during an interrogation, the military said, a rare ruling in a former junta-run country where the army has long operated with impunity.

British embassy in Ankara closed for security reasons - foreign office ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The British government has shut its embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday for security reasons, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on its website, without giving further details.

Interim Uzbek leader Mirziyoyev to run in December 4 presidential election - RIA MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uzbekistan's interim president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been registered as candidate to run in the Dec. 4 presidential election, RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing the nation's central election commission.

"Kung Fu" nuns bike Himalayas to oppose human trafficking NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clad in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets, the hundreds of cyclists pedalling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal could be mistaken for a Himalayan version of the Tour de France.

Myanmar soldiers jailed with hard labour for village killings YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar military court has jailed seven soldiers for five years each with hard labour for murdering five ethnic minority villagers in June, state media said on Friday, in a rare prosecution of military personnel.

Dr Mahfodz: Haron Din's request to be buried in the US PETALING JAYA: The late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din is likely to be buried in the United States – a wish that he had conveyed to his family and friends.

Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names TOKYO (Reuters) - The stabbing deaths of 19 disabled people in their sleep last July and the silence surrounding their identities are forcing Japan to grapple with its attitudes toward physically and cognitively impaired persons, less than four years before Tokyo hosts the Paralympics.

Hadi, Opposition leaders pay tribute to Haron Din PETALING JAYA: Condolences have poured in from politicians across the divide as they grieve over the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din.

Dr Mahathir hands over Citizens' Declaration to King PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration.


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