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Defence disputes nerve agent used to kill North Korean leader’s half-brother

Lawyers for two women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday low enzyme levels in his blood may have been caused by liver disease or hormone pills rather than a lethal nerve agent.

Malaysia police arrest aquatics coach over alleged rape of national diver

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said on Tuesday (Oct 3) they have arrested an aquatics coach over the alleged rape of a national diver. The coach, who is a 35-year-old man from China, was arrested on Monday, police said in a media release. According to police, the victim made a police report …

Four killed as militants attack airport security camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Indian police on Tuesday killed three suspected militants in army uniforms after they infiltrated a security camp beside the main airport in the disputed region of Kashmir, officials said, an assault claimed by an Islamist group.

Trump to meet victims, responders in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump will fly to Puerto Rico on Tuesday to view the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Maria and meet residents, many of whom are frustrated and resentful that they are still struggling with basic necessities two weeks after the storm.

Rohingya refugees scoff at Myanmar’s assurances on going home

Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh were sceptical on Tuesday about their chances of ever going home to Myanmar, even though the government there has given an assurance it would accept people verified as refugees.

Train crushes 3 young men taking selfies on railway track in India

Three young men were crushed to death by a speeding train on Tuesday (Sep 3) while taking selfies in southern Indian state of Karnataka, police said, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

10,000 Rohingya poised to move to Bangladesh as exodus swells again

More than 10,000 Rohingya have massed near a crossing point with Bangladesh, Myanmar media said Tuesday, as an exodus continues to swell with food supplies low and hostility towards them surging.

East Timor president swears in first minority government

East Timor President Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres swore in the remaining members of the new cabinet on Tuesday and urged the first minority government since independence to focus on improving living conditions and avoiding political upheaval.

Bali river dredged ahead of probable eruption of Mount Agung

KLUNGKUNG, Indonesia: Parts of the Unda River near Bali’s active volcano Mount Agung are being dredged and deepened ahead of what could be an imminent volcanic eruption. As more signs are pointing towards a probable eruption, authorities are preparing for the worst, including improving the …

Myanmar to take back Rohingya from latest influxes only: Official

Myanmar will consider taking back only those Rohingya refugees who have fled the country in the past year, a senior Bangladeshi official said on Tuesday.