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Vietnamese PM’s visit to Thailand to focus on trade, South China Sea
VIETNAM’S PRIME Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will arrive in Thailand today for a three-day official visit to enhance cooperation on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

Trump renews attack on Amazon, claiming 'jobs lost'
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Amazon, claiming the US online colossus is doing "great damage" to other retailers and destroying jobs.

Fears for 600 still missing in Sierra Leone floods
FREETOWN - Concerns shifted Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as it emerged that at least a third of those killed were children.

Pair of severed women's legs found in Rome bin
ROME - Two severed legs belonging to a woman were found inside a rubbish bag in a residential neighbourhood in northern Rome, Italian media reported on Wednesday citing police sources.

Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away
TOKYO - A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 metres from the park.

Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar
DHAKA - Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday.

'Rot is deep' at Indian hospital where 85 children died
GORAKHPUR - Inside the decrepit children's ward at an Indian hospital where 85 infants died last week, Ram Prasad prayed his two-year-old daughter would escape the same fate as he scanned the overcrowded hallways for a doctor.

Philippine police kill 32 in 'shock and awe' drug raids
MANILA - Philippine police killed 32 people in "shock and awe" raids aimed at scaring drug traffickers, authorities said Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to setbacks in his controversial crime war.

Asia’s fastest growing cities
GDP growth forecast for 30 Asian cities predicts Indian cities are set to grow the most across the region, with Delhi being the fastest growing city in Asia over the next five years.

Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching
TOKYO - Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery.

William, Harry lead tributes to mother Diana, 20 years on
LONDON - Two decades on from the death of princess Diana, her sons Princes William and Harry are working to keep her legacy alive with unusually emotional tributes after years of official silence.

Two in Dutch court over tainted-eggs scandal
ZWOLLE, Netherlands, - Two Dutch men appeared in court Tuesday in connection with the tainted-eggs scandal that swept Europe this month, which saw millions of eggs destroyed and caused tens of millions of euros in damages.

Sierra Leone needs 'urgent support now' for flood victims: president
FREETOWN - President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone said Tuesday that his country needed "urgent support now" for thousands of people affected by massive flooding and mudslides in the capital of one of the world's poorest nations.

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods
SAPTARI, Nepal - At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing.

North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan
SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further "reckless actions" by Washington.

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe
Beijing - Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it "will not sit idle" if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions.

Uber defies Philippine suspension order
MANILA - Ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday defied a Philippine government order to shut down, branding the suspension a "blatant violation" of its rights but risking its drivers being arrested.

Guam radio stations accidentally trigger emergency alert
HAGATNA - Guam residents received a nasty jolt Tuesday after two radio stations accidentally issued emergency warnings to indicate an imminent threat or attack, at a time when the US territory is already on edge over North Korean threats to fire missiles into nearby waters.

Stuntwoman killed filming Deadpool 2
Vancouver - A stuntwoman was killed Monday on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver while filming a motorcycle stunt for the much-anticipated sequel to Marvel Comic's anti-superhero blockbuster, police said.

US companies monitor Myanmar reforms
There has been an enormous increase in the number of US companies keeping an eye on political and economic reforms taking place in Myanmar, said George Sibley, the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Myanmar.

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