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A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 19, 2018, shows Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a speech given by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz while addressing the Shura council, a top advisory body, in the capital Riyadh. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

Indonesia will host Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a state visit next week, Jakarta said Thursday, part of an Asian tour that includes stops in Pakistan, India and Malaysia.
A Tanzanian man was arrested in Bali after more than a kilogram of methamphetamine was found inside his stomach, Indonesian authorities said on Tuesday.

Bali officials finds kilo of meth in Tanzanian’s stomach

A Tanzanian man was arrested in Bali after more than a kilogram of methamphetamine was found inside his stomach, Indonesian authorities said on Tuesday.
Snakes have been used by Indonesian police to interrogate suspects in Papua province. Fachrul Reza-Barcroft Images

Indonesia police apologise for using snake during interrogation

Police in Indonesia’s Papua province have apologised after interrogators used a snake during an attempt to extract a confession from a suspected mobile phone thief, a spokesman said on Monday.
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London stocks jump on weak pound, strong BP profits

London’s stock market rallied Tuesday to a new two-month peak, supercharged by a Brexit-hit pound and energy giant BP’s surging annual profits, dealers said.
Facebook and Twitter have both cracked down significantly on fake accounts since 2016 [Jon Nazca-Reuters]

Facebook deletes 783 pages, accounts tied to Iran

Facebook said it has removed 783 accounts, pages and groups tied to Iran for engaging in what it called "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".
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Uzbekistan gives visa-free entry to visitors from 45 countries

Uzbekistan on Friday granted visa-free entry to citizens of 45 countries to boost tourism, which the government views as vital for economic growth.
Kim Bok-dong, who died on Monday at a hospital in the South Korean capital of Seoul, was a fixture at weekly protests outside the Japanese embassy calling for a sincere apology and compensation [Kim Hong-Ji-Reuters]

South Korean ‘comfort women’ activist passes on in Seoul

At 93, Kim Bok-dong died as she had lived for many years: at the heart of the controversy over Japan's use of forced labour in its wartime brothels.

Saudi Aramco to invest $1.6bn in South Korean refinery

State-owned Saudi Aramco plans to invest up to $1.6 billion for a nearly 20 per cent stake in South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank, expanding its foothold in one of its biggest Asian buyers of crude oil.
This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows Indonesian rescuers repairing a bridge after a landslide in Gowa, after heavy rains and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island. – Floods and landslides in Indonesia have killed at least 59 people, the government said on January 25, after heavy rain pounded Sulawesi island and forced thousands to flee their homes. (Photo by YUSUF WAHIL / AFP)

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides climbs to 68

At least 68 people have been killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after floods and landslides hit the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, an official said Saturday.
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Son Heung-min set for Tottenham return as South Korea lose Asian Cup

South Korea’s crash out of the Asian Cup in the quarter-finals on Friday was celebrated not only in Qatar but also in North London.
Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a court session for her trial at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on June 27, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The investigation into the assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother was "shoddy" and "lopsided", a Malaysian court heard June 27 as the trial resumed of two women accused of the murder. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Defence lawyers in the murder trial of the North Korean leader’s half-brother won a challenge Thursday to get access to witness statements but the prosecution appealed, signalling more delays in the long-running case.

Floods, landslides kill at least eight in Indonesia

At least eight people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain triggered devastating flash floods and landslides in Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday.

13 killed as overloaded boat capsises in Central Indonesia

Rescuers have retrieved 13 corpses after an overloaded wooden boat capsised in a river in Central Indonesia, Senior Rescuer said on Tuesday.
Both WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook have been scrutinised for their role in the spread of fake news [Dado Ruvic-Reuters]

WhatsApp limits forwards to five recipients to check fake news

Social messaging app WhatsApp has said it is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five in an attempt to fight fake news and spread of rumours.

Woman convicted for forcing maid to hurt self with hot water

A Singaporean woman was found guilty Friday of abusing her Myanmar maid, including forcing her to pour hot water onto herself and to drink water laced with floor cleaner.
Pabuk is expected to dump heavy rain across the south, including tourist hotspots in the Andaman Sea such as Krabi [File- Sakchai Lalit-The Associated Press]

Thailand braces for tropical storm Pabuk as tourists flee islands

Thailand is bracing for potentially devastating Tropical Storm Pabuk, which is set to bring heavy rains and high seas to the country's southern provinces and famed beach resorts popular with domestic and foreign tourists.
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Five dead, 38 missing in deadly Indonesian landslide

Rescuers are searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain left at least five people dead and dozens missing in western Indonesia, an official said Tuesday.
Former Uruguay international Diego Forlan has been approached by Indonesian club Kalteng Putra.

Indonesian club Kalteng Putra in talks with Diego Forlan

Former Uruguay international Diego Forlan has been approached by Indonesian club Kalteng Putra.

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