Indonesia reviews plans to release fiery preacher

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JAKARTA: Plans to free a cleric linked to the deadly Bali bombings are under review, Indonesia has said, after the surprise decision drew sharp criticism. Abu Bakar Bashir, once synonymous with militant Islam in Indonesia, was tied to a terror network behind the 2002 attacks that killed more than 200 […]

Bangladeshi ‘Tree Man’ dreams of cure as rare skin disease returns

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DHAKA: A Bangladeshi dubbed “Tree Man” because of bark-like growths on his skin will need aggressive surgery to remove them, doctors said Tuesday, after dozens of attempts failed to cure the extremely rare genetic condition. It is believed fewer than half a dozen people worldwide have “tree-man syndrome” – epidermodysplasia […]

Taiwan arrests seven over missing Vietnamese group

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TAIPEI: Seven suspected members of a human trafficking ring have been arrested in Taiwan over the disappearance of a group of 152 Vietnamese who came to the island to work illegally, authorities said on Tuesday. Taiwan authorities have been searching for the missing Vietnamese since last month after they landed […]

Tourist killed by falling window from HK hotel

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HONG KONG:A hotel employee arrested after a window she was cleaning fell onto a busy Hong Kong street and killed a tourist was released on bail Tuesday as investigators try to work out what caused the fatal tragedy. Police said a 24-year-old female tourist from the Chinese mainland was struck […]

China’s second gene-edited foetus is 12-14 weeks old

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BEIJING: The second woman carrying a gene-edited foetus in China is now 12 to 14 weeks into her pregnancy, according to a US physician in close contact with the researcher who claimed to have created the world’s first genetically-modified babies last year. Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the scientific community […]

Age no barrier for China’s senior catwalk models

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Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years. She made her modelling debut just two years ago and is already in demand, working for leading fashion brands such as […]

Nadal slays giantkiller Tiafoe, sets up Tsitsipas semi

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MELBOURNE: Ruthless Rafael Nadal continued his relentless progress to reach the last four of the Australian Open as he slayed giantkiller Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday. Unseeded Tiafoe, 21, had shocked fifth seed Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 20, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion proved too formidable […]

Pacquiao on the mend after scratched cornea

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LOS ANGELES: The eye injury Manny Pacquiao suffered in a unanimous-decision win over Adrian Broner is a scratched cornea, and the Filipino ring icon is already on the mend, a spokesman for Pacquiao’s camp said Monday. The New York Daily News had reported that some in Pacquiao’s camp feared he […]

Ronaldo faces multi-million fine

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MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo is returning to Madrid for a court date yesterday in which he could be fined 18.8 million euros (US$21.4 million) for tax fraud as part of a deal reached with the Spanish taxman. As part of an agreement arranged in June with the former Real Madrid hero’s […]

Penalty rescues UAE, Ryan saves Aussies

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ABU DHABI: Hosts United Arab Emirates ended Kyrgyzstan’s fairytale with a controversial extra-time penalty to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Monday as holders Australia and Japan also advanced. A knee-wobbling, chest-thumping Mathew Ryan saved two spot kicks as the Socceroos beat Uzbekistan’s White Wolves in a shootout, while the […]

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