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China agrees to stop cyberattacks on Canadian private sector

June 26th, 2017|

BEIJING: China has signed an agreement to stop conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks against the Canadian private sector, the Globe and Mail reported on Sunday, citing an official communiqué. The agreement was worked out on Friday during talks in Ottawa between senior communist party official Wang Yongqing and Canada’s national security and

‘Pee Park’? China tries to correct bad translations

June 26th, 2017|

SHANGHAI: China has waged various campaigns in recent years to root out poor grammar and misused English vocabulary and this week took special aim at “eradicating poor translations that damage the country’s image”, the state newspaper People’s Daily said. The new standard will go into effect on December 1 and

Iran’s Rouhani backs Qatar, rejects ‘siege’

June 26th, 2017|

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani voiced support on Sunday for Qatar in its confrontation with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying a “siege of Qatar is unacceptable”, the state news agency IRNA reported. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June

Three dead, 30 missing in Colombia tourist boat sinking

June 26th, 2017|

BOGOTA: At least three people died and 30 were missing after a boat carrying some 150 tourists sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, police said. Officials did not say what caused the four-deck Almirante to go down in the El Penol reservoir in the tourist town of

Wanted IS leader Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi

June 24th, 2017|

MARAWI: One of America’s most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city, which began with a raid to capture him, the military said on Saturday.Isnilon Hapilon, a veteran Filipino militant said to be the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group

Obama on private holiday in Indonesia

June 24th, 2017|

JAKARTA: Former United States president Barack Obama flew into the resort island of Bali on Friday night on a family holiday trip to Indonesia.Local online media quoted Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja as saying that Obama and his family came to the island in a private aircraft.He said the visitors

The Mautes of the Philippines: From monied family to IS

June 23rd, 2017|

MARAWI: Before they formed one of the most dreaded militant groups in the Philippines and pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the Mautes were a wealthy, political family in the southern region of Mindanao, largely influenced by the matriarch, Farhana. Soft-spoken and reserved, 60-year-old Farhana Maute owns property in Mindanao and

Dusty teddy bear lies in war-ruined Philippine city

June 23rd, 2017|

MARAWI: A dusty teddy bear strewn on the floor, family photos on a wall and dried underwear on a clothesline are among the few remnants of life in deserted homes of a Philippine city left in ruins by war. A dog eats the carcass of a cat on a street