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Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines

Popular pornography websites XVideos, Redtube and Pornhub have been blocked by two ISPs in the Philippines. Customers of Smart and Sun Cellular said they could no longer access the sites on portable devices or desktop computers. Instead, users see a

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S Korea corruption: Prosecutors to seek arrest warrant

South Korea’s special prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of the country’s President Park Geung-hye. Samsung

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Kyrgyzstan plane crash: Dozens die as Turkish cargo jet hits homes

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground, officials say. The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it landed in fog

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Woman hires criminals to beat husband for his extra marital affair

A Pakistani woman hired ‘criminals’ for Rs five lakh to thrash her husband whom she suspected of having an extra marital affair with another woman. The woman, Lubna Qamar Raja, who has been arrested, suspected that her husband, Raja Qamar

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China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111. Mr Zhou and a Communist party committee spent three years developing the Pinyin system in

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South China Sea: Tillerson says US should block China from new islands

The US should block access to islands built by China in contested waters of the South China Sea, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state says. The comments, which are likely to hike tensions with Beijing, were made by Rex

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Philippines’ President Duterte pushes free contraceptives

Government agencies in the Philippines have been ordered to offer free contraceptives to an estimated six million women who cannot obtain them. President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, especially among the poor. His

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Taliban video shows US and Australian hostages

The Taliban have released video of an Australian and an American who they kidnapped in Afghanistan last year. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weekes were professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. They were abducted in August

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South Korea scandal: Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong a suspect

Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong is to be interviewed as a suspect in a corruption scandal surrounding the impeached South Korean president. The firm is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of President Park

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China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension

China’s only aircraft carrier has led several warships across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defence ministry said. The Liaoning was returning from drills in the South China Sea. It did not enter Taiwanese waters but did cross its air defence identification

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US may hold fire on ‘non-threatening’ N Korea missiles

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said the US would not necessarily shoot down a North Korean missile, if it was not threatening. He said the US military would want to gather intelligence from the missile’s flight instead of intercepting

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Kabul bombings: Dozens dead after twin blasts near Afghan parliament

At least 30 people have been killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in the capital Kabul, officials say. The attacks took place during rush hour, as staff were leaving the parliament complex. Minutes after the

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Sharif announces Rs180 billion package to boost exports

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 10 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced Rs180 billion package for exporters in order to give a boost to exports. Sharif was addressing the Prime Minister’s Trade Enhancement Conference in Islamabad. Urging media organisations across

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In a first, Pakistan to include Transgenders in national census

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 10 : The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ruled that the transgender community should be included in the national population census. Hearing a petition against non-inclusion of members of the transgender community in the census, LHC Chief

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Prototypes of Razer triple screen gaming laptop stolen

Two prototype models of a highly-anticipated gaming laptop have been stolen at the 2017 CES tech show in Las Vegas. The concept devices from gaming company Razer boasts three 4K screens and is said to be the first portable laptop

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